On Saturday morning, at 11:30 am, a 20-ish year old Kansas City man was shot and killed in front of the Homestead apartments along Armour Boulevard. This is the same apartment building that a man who shot another man a block away along Troost ran into (after handing off his gun to a man standing in front of the building) in a shooting that was caught on video surveillance that Chief Corwin posted a couple of weeks ago.
The shooting marks what has become a series of violent crime centered around Kansas City's high-concentration of project-based Section 8 housing along Armour Boulevard. This is, I think the fourth actual murder that had taken place as a part of this particular building (The Homestead) in the past 14 months.
However, in spite of the city councils (still) not making any permanent changes to their housing policy, there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Word is that MAC properties has purchased the Homestead (and potentially 3 other properties along Armour). MAC properties is a company out of Chicago that has a wealth of experience fixing up older apartment buildings and turning them into market rate housing (think low-priced apartments in the city, not high-priced condos - most rents appear to be in the $600-800 range). They have already done this with several buildings along Armour -- and the early signs have been great for the neighborhood.
While MAC really does a great job with mixed use housing (mixing in Section 8 along with Market rate), they seem to be unable to do this in Kansas City due to our lack of housing plan.
Regardless, it appears that at least one of the places that has been a nightmare of a place for the residents and the police force looks like it has improvements on the way.
MAC actually has