Kansas City rents are rising — and fast
You're not crazy: Rents have increased astonishingly fast in Kansas City. But some neighborhoods are feeling the pain more than others, and that has major consequences for both renters and the city as a whole.
Rents in Kansas City went up 6% overall in the last year, but over the same time period, rent increased by 13.1% in eastern Kansas City. What's not clear is how the average renter can make up the difference — and how life in Kansas City changes if they can’t.
This week, we're kicking off a series of stories on housing in Kansas City. We speak to KCUR news director Lisa Rodriguez about what to expect from this collaboration with the KC Media Collective. And Gina Kaufmann, host of the KCUR podcast Real Humans, brings us the story of how rising apartment costs have serious consequences for renters and the city as a whole.
Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love, with special production this episode from Mackenzie Martin, and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.
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