Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
This one isn’t by me, but by the local newspaper. The Kansas City Star ran a three day series on downtown Kansas City. They talk a lot about the development there, including an interactive map with pictures. There’s also a lot of peer city comparisons and data available. Plus there are a number of videos with different folks.
Kansas City is one of the rare Midwest metro areas I have not visited. From what I can see, it appears to be one of the more successful. As the series authors note, however, the downtown development game is extremely competitive, and just investing to make yours better doesn’t even necessarily allow you to keep up with the Joneses. The series suggests that despite $3+ billion invested to far this decade, KC is actually in danger of falling behind. Wow. They appear to be doing great on the condo front, though, where they are among the Midwest leaders in new downtown units and residents.