Right now we're going try to do just a bit better than the reactionary dialectic which tragically dominates Kansas City's discourse . . .
To wit . . .
Do you know WHY so many middle-class white people want to blame J.C. Nichols for every bit of racism throughout the history of Kansas City???
Whilst I'm sure they're hearts and intentions are pure . . . This argumentation that highlights tragic local real estate history is also accompanied by a great deal of speculative (and taxpayer subsidized) development along the Troost corridor that's currently pushing out broke-ass residents.
The problem on this blog is that so many of our readers are clueless suburbanites who don't understand the urban real estate game . . . They couldn't see the evolution of Downtown, half-million dollar homes dominating the Westside or $2,000K per month standard rentals in the Crossroads . . . Whilst we agree with the spirit of the skepticism which disputes this kind of market-busting manipulation . . . There's no denying that there are plenty of suckers paying top dollar to live in cutting edge new developments in hopes of selling to greater fools for even more money.
And so . . .
Blaming J.C. Nichols for real estate racism helps our developer friends justify muscling out granny and so many of her broke-ass neighbors from their homes on the East side amid the current U.S. housing crisis land grab.
In fairness, here's cut rate public radio journalists who are crusading for freedom by way of copy that already we've heard in 2020 and at the city college during the 90s . . .
"Over the last century, the Country Club Plaza has survived floods, social unrest and challenging economic climates. How can Kansas City reconcile its affection for the district with the problematic vision of its creator, J.C. Nichols?"
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
The Country Club Plaza is turning 100 years old, but its 'terribly racist' creator still looms large
Almost from the time of its improbable creation at the site of a swampy creek bed a century ago, the Country Club Plaza has been Kansas City's signature destination. While its Spanish-style architecture and shopping and dining opportunities have made it a draw for tourists, its significance for locals is more complex.