Three and a half years ago, Kansas City leaders were so embarrassed by a KCPT documentary on urban blight they committed to tearing down hundreds of dangerous buildings. Were they successful?
No one bats an eye when you tell them you prefer buying one house over another because of the local school district. Obviously finding a good school for your child is important and moving into district boundaries is one way to effectively “pick” a school, albeit an expensive way.
If there is an affordable housing shortage in Kansas City, why is that so? Could the very housing policies meant to help actually be part of the problem?
Affordable housing was a big issue in the recent Kansas City mayoral race, and there may be more legislation coming to address the issue.
Ever wondered why you pay way more in sales tax at one store than at another store just down the street? St. Charles County shoppers might soon get the answer, as some want increased transparency for Community Improvement Districts (CIDs).
Local media in St. Louis is abuzz over the imminent completion of the Union Station renovation project. The St.
I remain grateful to the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, and to its president Gwen Grant, for including my essay on economic development incentives and efforts to study the costs and benefits in their new publication, 2019 State of Black Kansa
H&R Block once claimed to have created more than 2,000 new jobs by moving employees to a different building, courtesy of tax-increment financing (TIF).
Show-Me Institue analysts have been writing about wrongheaded occupational licensing policies for years. We were thrilled to have Shoshana Weissmann join us for the latest SMI Podcast to discuss how occupational licensing laws serve as barriers to employment, and ideas for reform.