REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT: KANSAS CITY
Market Spotlight: Kansas City, Missouri THE KCMO MARKET’S UNIQUE PERSONALITY SUITS REAL ESTATE PERFECTLY.
by Carole VanSickle Ellis
ansas City, Missouri (KCMO), has been shaping the region around it since its inception in a tattered document describing the area penned by a desert- ing French soldier and illegal fur trader. Étienne de Veniard was, as a result of his desertion and subsequent efforts to avoid authorities, the first European to explore the lower Missouri River and the area of the country that would eventually become K
KCMO or, as the travel brochures describe it, “The Heart of America.” He wrote a description of the area in an attempt to redeem himself with his superiors and was rewarded with the command of the first fort in the area. It was an auspicious begin- ning for a unique market that rewards bold and persistent ingenuity to this day. KCMO continued (and continues) to benefit from that unique blend of inno-
vation with a dash of “outlaw.” From the beginning, that combination has led to new inroads in urban planning and design, groundbreaking advances in transportation and aviation, and cultural growth ranging from jazz and barbeque to fierce, grassroots legislative action when the citizenry felt it necessary. It’s a good combination for real estate investors, and the ones who are active in the area are well aware of this.
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