flyingember wrote:As I recall, that was just the KC schools inside Independence?
Correct. But the 2000 District population figures and demographics include that portion of Independence and any cyphering of the urban core population would not. I don't know how many people live in those census tracts of eastern independence, certainly not 45,000 people, but some. Point being that the School District boundaries lost more population than the urban core during that decade, because a not insignificant portion of the district was essentially de-annexed.
Urban KC lost population during the 2000s, especially on the east side, obviously, but not 20%.
20% is high, 10% is still high. It was more like 5%
Shoal Creek gained 35,000 over 10 years
the city grew 18,000
So that means there was a net loss of 17,000 south of the river just for Shoal Creek.
10% of the city in 2000 would be 44,000. So just one development caused a 4% drop in the urban development.
That doesn't include the areas along 152 which appeared, around Zona Rosa and Tiffany Springs.http://stjdesign.net/redistrict.html
The numbers ended up being closer to 76600 people than 80000 per district, and the city actually stacked south of the river with higher numbers than the growing northland
in each district, the boundaries would need to shift such that the 1st District, which includes the northern half of Historic Northeast, would lose 14,530 residents, the 3rd District, which includes the southern half of Historic Northeast, would gain 9,073, the 2nd District would lose 8,846 and the other three more southern districts would each need to gain between 4,200-5,300 people.
Just to balance the northland the rest of the city would need to drop 6375 people. And the 4th took on 2-3000 people from the northland.
So that's a shift of under 10000 people from south of the river to north.
And during this same era downtown boomed in size. Another 5000 or so. Which we have to then subtract from the overall south of the river numbers to make the whole city council district numbers work out. So that's a loss of 15,000 people.
The Independence annexation was 2600 students.
KC schools lost 18000 students, subtract 2600 and that's 15400 students from the rest of the district.
Logically this says a lot of people moved from kc schools to elsewhere in the city south of the river too. And we know a lot moved to private schools.
So the city changes were a lot less extreme than what the KC school district had happen to it.