Yesterday afternoon, 2 men were shot, one fatally, in the Georgian Court Apartments on Armour Blvd.
The man who was still alive was a resident of the building and said that the other man tried to break into his apartment, so he shot him in self defense. The dead man was found in the doorway to the apartment.
This marks yet another shooting in one of four major project-based Section 8 buildings along Armour. While this is the first murder in any of the apartments this year, there were 5 that were within a block of these apartments last yaer.
Many officials are starting to see the problems with project-based Section 8 -- isloating people with low incomes to live only among others with low incomes. Authorities from the state have gotten involved, and a new management company with the apartments has also helped. But the idea of vertically segregating low-income people into a high-rise building creates an unsafe situation for them, and a situation that does not set them up for the best opportunities to removing themselves from assisted housing.
We must find a way to deconsolidate low-income housing in this city and move to a more voucher-based system so that we can have the best results for everyone -- especially those who live in these apartments. This has been going on far too long. We must show an ability to learn from 30 years of mistakes.
H/T: Crime Scene KC