Wednesday, June 24, 2020
SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY RECORD-BREAKING HOMICIDE, CORONAVIRUS & VIOLENT CIVIL UNREST SPARK FLIGHT TO SUBURBS!!!
Not so long ago Kansas City enjoyed a "millennial boom" and the influx of "creative class" professionals who hoped to transform urban neighborhoods into thriving, diverse destinations. A new streetcar offered hope to connect the city and build a post-modern paradise that would create jobs, equality and opportunity for all.
Sadly, that didn't last for long as coronavirus, rioting and a steadily climbing spate of homicides has ruined hope promised by the "new urbanism."
To wit . . .
AMERICAN URBAN FLIGHT TO THE SUBURBS RETURNS AND THREATENS KANSAS CITY MOMENTUM!!!
Amateur urban planners and politicos dispute this idea but the data backs it up . . .
- Home searches in suburban zip codes jumped 13%, according to realtor.com, one of the largest real estate listing websites.
- More than half of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas are seeing increased interest in the suburbs.
- Local real estate agents report a glut of upscale urban properties that haven't moved so far in 2020.
- Meanwhile, suburban home builders report a spike in activity following the coronavirus reopen.
- Amid weeks of rioting and protest, the corporate parent of the Country Club Plaza is desperate to maintain a sale despite a devaluation that impacts KC's historic entertainment district.
Amid all this horrible national news, let's not forget that higher taxes, push back against police and an uptick in local burglaries also drive residents away despite continued arguments to sustain "momentum" inside and around the loop.
Check the links . . .
CNBC: The flight to the suburbs is real and growing, as coronavirus changes the way people live
Guardian: Pandemic and protests spark new exodus to suburbs
Wall Street Journal: The New Urban Flight - Riots and the pandemic are driving another exodus from big cities.
Biz Of Fashion: The work-from-anywhere revolution will accelerate the coming of a post-digital age for shopping
Atlantic: Revenge of the Suburbs - Suburbia was never as bad as anyone said it was. Now it’s looking even better.
You decide . . .