Wednesday, December 26, 2018
COWTOWN HOUSING CRISIS 2018: THE YEAR KANSAS CITY LEARNED TO HATE GENTRIFICATION AND HIGHER RENT!!!
Rents spikes and higher taxes push the Kansas City middle-class into the same predicament as the working poor.
And so, like most cities across the nation. KCMO is considering the price of development.
This afternoon NYT offers a glimpse at the big picture . . .
New York Times: Happy New Year! May Your City Never Become San Francisco, New York or Seattle Or Portland, Denver, Boston, Dallas, Houston or Los Angeles.
Interlude . . . It's a source of constant disappointment for locals that our politicos can't focus on life in KCMO rather than engaging in a losing economic subsidy battle with bigger towns in a self-perpetuating game that never benefits longtime residents.
Now, here's the tease and the main point in a missive that mentions Kansas City . . .
"Denver seemed to imply no obvious meaning until The Kansas City Star’s editorial board assigned it one last month. “Stop the Denverization of Kansas City,” its headline said. Befuddled readers in Denver realized their city was now a synonym for gentrification — at least, among cities not yet expensive enough to worry about San Francisco-ization."
The reality is that the column was actually about higher prices on the East side and the constant struggle for political control by Black leaders who feel threatened by new hipster neighbors and use urban planner code to disguise a racially motivated ploy for neighborhood control. Of course, MSM misses the bigger issue. It's not urban renewal in the urban core threatening inner city low-rent tenants which is moving the dial for locals.
Instead, EPIC prices boosted by downtown speculation have also spiked housing costs in Midtown, Plaza, Brookside, South KC and among middle-class homes that have been heretofore shielded from the sketchy real estate game.
The result . . . Otherwise conservative souls have shifted their views on affordable housing complaints and realize they too can be quickly priced out of their own market.
TRANSLATION: KANSAS CITY GENTRIFICATION ALSO THREATENS MIDDLE-CLASS WHITE PEOPLE!!!
This recent and late discovery inside the corridor threatens to further impact the real estate market in KCMO which we'll discover in our next feature set for tomorrow morning powered by EXCLUSIVE INSIDER INFO that will change the course of local home ownership history FOREVER.
Developing . . .