Demolish dangerous buildings? Yes, but then do a lot more

$10 million plan to demolish dangerous buildings is first step toward better housing plan in Kansas City.

Column (Missouri)

Yael T. Abouhalkah
Kansas City Star
February 24, 2016

Tags: Housing

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Western Missouri


As Shields said, she hopes the sudden unveiling of the $10 million proposal “morphs into a larger discussion on how to save our existing housing stock.”

Good news: The wheels are turning.

▪ Canady and James would like to see local banks more involved in lending on the East Side.

▪ Shields says the city should get behind Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s work to wrest control of vacant houses from absentee landlords into the hands of nonprofit groups that can find developers to rehab them.