Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Blight Fight

In "Vacant Homes Turn KC's Heart into Hole in Map," Lynn Horsley of the The Kansas City Star uses a creative approach to delve into the reasons behind urban decay. Horsley gives us a house-by-house tour of Kansas City's inner city to explain why so many buildings are run down. She tells us the stories of the people who own the homes and describes what went wrong for them and their houses. This approach shows us that the reasons for the decay are complex without getting us tangled up in confusing policy analysis. It took some deep reporting to get this information, but I like how clearly it's presented. I also like how the accompanying video takes us on a visual tour of the neighborhood.


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