On Wednesday, I commented here that an out-of-town real estate group is fixing up several buildings along Armour Boulevard and working to make them into market-rate apartments.
On Friday, the Star decided to cover the story.
This article isn't really meant to pick on the Star (ok, so maybe a little bit), but it has been an interesting transition. Not long ago, the mainstream media was blaming the blogging community for simply picking up their news stories and reposting them and for it hurting the overall value of their media coverage.
Now, after several rounds of staffing cuts, the media seems to be relying on the blogging community to be their eyes and ears for what is going on in particular neighborhoods.
This isn't new of course. The Star has been behind many bloggers in picking up stories and often rely on Tony, Dan or Blog KC, among others, to get some of the top stories. Congrats to the Star for realizing their limitations given their current staffing and for finding a good way to still get the major news out to a larger audience than any of the bloggers can offer.
Meanwhile, congrats to the blogging community for being a relevant news source in Kansas City.
And thanks to the Star for picking up this story. For all of the news about the Power and Light and other major developments downtown, the improvement along Armour near Troost has the ability to have as much of a positive impact on the urban core than any of those developments -- in a very quiety, cost-effective way.