Without a doubt. Section 8 Apartment Development killed suburban south Kansas City KS too. If not for it Rosedale and Argentine would look more like Westwood and Roeland Park today. Turner was lucky we were able to keep it out. They tried to put it in at 47th and Shawnee Dr in the 70's behind the Apple Market, and the community said no way in hell. Now that same tract is a nice mixed single family/duplex neighborhood built in the early 90's. Otherwise property values in Turner would probably be 30-40 percent less and all the new housing we have going in right now, wouldn't be.
In Argentine-Rosedale alone there are at least 5 large section 8 apartment properties. Douglas Heights, Silver City, Bellrose,and a couple of others. The crime they brought with them drove out allot of the middle class, and ended economic development. Of course it is not the city's fault, the Federal government forced it on us. If Overland Park a city slightly larger than KCK now, was forced to have the same number of section 8 apartment complexes today, you would see a world of difference there. Olathe operates the only city-run housing authority in Johnson County, probably because its status as the county seat, and is home to more government-approved, low-income tax credit housing units than any other city in the county, nearly a third of the total.
The fact is when you concentrate so many people from low socio-econmic backgrounds into one area, the poverty and crime feeds off itself driving out people of higher socio-economic backgrounds leaving behind the poor in an area with no economic opportunity. The solution is to distribute poorer people evenly throughout a community perhaps in housing authority owned single family and duplex homes dispersed in middle class neighborhoods such as Johnson County's where all the entry level service jobs are located and where the schools perform better giving people a chance to improve their lives and break the cycle.
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