Has Kansas City Been Abandoned?

i_am_legend_will_smith__1_Yahoo! has a story titled America’s Abandoned Cities.  And guess who comes in #1?  That’s right, Kansas City!  I hadn’t realized that the streets were so empty!  🙂

Seriously, I don’t doubt their numbers at all.  But I will say I’m almost 100% positive that the bulk of the vacancies on rental properties and home-owner foreclosures alike are mainly in 3 different zip codes.

There are a increased vacancies in a lot of areas surrounding those 3 zip codes.  A true 5% vacancy neighborhood is not too hard to find.  But it’s not all that bad in the key suburbs.  That’s until you get out on the fringe/new-growth cities.  There vacancies climb back up a bit.


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7 responses to “Has Kansas City Been Abandoned?

  1. Troy

    Seems a little suspect… Detroit doesn’t even get an honorable mention… and KC #1?

    Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

  2. Great point. But Detroit has been abandoned so long that maybe nobody goes there to notice?

  3. Pat


    The author of the Forbes article is Zack O’Malley Greenburg who is just two years out of college (Yale). His Ivy League research ability had branded the KC metro as the worst real estate market in the nation in a respected finical magazine, Forbes. Zack has used Kansas City, Kansas statics to back his article (140k population for KCK vs 2 million population for metro area, or 476k for KCMO). Everyone on the East and West coast knows that Kansas City is in Kansas.
    Chris and Bald Guy, good luck defending yourself and your pocket book from the Forbes readers (investors) who may take their money and run from the KC metro area.

    “Zack O’Malley Greenburg is a staff reporter for Forbes, where he covers topics ranging from currency speculation to deceased hip-hop artists. He graduated from Yale University in 2007 with a degree in American Studies and a concentration in Urban Studies. In 2006, he earned a Richter Fellowship to travel around the country and write about urban ballparks. Greenburg has been writing professionally since the age of 14, when he became a video game reviewer for Boys’ Life. He lives in New York City with three preposterous and lovable roommates.”

  4. Pat

    I may have to retrack my my statement on the numbers in Zack’s article. I found that KCK was linked to Kansas City in the Article in Yahoo but no link in the Forbes article. It would be nice to see the numbers by zip code.


  5. I’m not too worried about it in either case. A classic case of taking a few numbers and making an incorrect assumption.

    I’ll bet you I could go to any market in America and find good areas and bad. I invite anyone to come to Kansas City and see how complex this area really is. There are no simple analysis formulas to be run here. Hell, there are two cities called KC and they couldn’t be more different.

  6. Gregg

    You all are morons! KC MO was ranked by Fast Cities (of NYC) as one of the 12 best cities in the world, in reality.

  7. Gregg, maybe you should read AND UNDERSTAND everything before you call us all “morons.” If you need an explanation of sarcasm feel free to go to dictionary.com or give me a call.

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