Increasing Housing Opportunities in Metro Kansas City

Bruce Katz
Bruce Katz Former Centennial Scholar

March 22, 2002

This speech focuses on the issue of affordable housing. It is a tough issue that is misunderstood and often maligned. It doesn’t receive the kind of national or even local attention that it deserves. It is rarely discussed in a metropolitan context, even though many people realize that housing markets are metropolitan not local.

And it is not just about shelter or social justice. It is about economic competitiveness. It is about quality neighborhoods. It is about rewarding work and building wealth. And it is about community cohesion and continuity.