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Old 12-31-2012, 04:20 PM
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I'm interested in Kansas City as a potential city to invest in property and I have been told about the Ruskin Heights area. I'm looking for some objective/non-sales oriented opinions, good and bad about this idea.

Thanks very much
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:48 AM
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Sure would have trouble selling it. Most renters are Section 8 i think. Low value homes. Severe drug dealing at the parks in Ruskin heights.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:34 PM
Location: Washington, DC area
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I wouldn't touch the area with a ten foot pole. Chances are it will get worse before it ever gets better as more people are pushed out of central city hoods as they gentrify the riff raff will continue to migrate that way. Although gentrification is not really happening in KC much, it's about the only thing that might happen because redeveloping those areas of South KC are way off the radar. So many places to put subsidized shopping centers in the suburbs first.

My point is that area of KC is a lost cause. The cancer will only spread. Run, don't walk away from there. If you buy east of 435 and near KCMO, then make sure it’s a Raytown address. Anything in that city limits has at least a chance.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:03 AM
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Hi kcmo

I appreciate your feedback. Its a little confusing for me because I'm getting a lot of feedback that paints a very different picture to the one you painted. If you don't mind me asking, is your perspective based on personal experience with Ruskin or do you have any other data that corroborates this? I do understand its a riskier area than Raytown which is possibly why the returns are a little better. I'm not looking for short-term results, I'm doing this as a long(ish) term hold so its really important for me to assess which direction the neighborhood is likely to go in over the next 5-10 years.

Thanks again for responding
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:09 PM
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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Ruskin Heights might not be that horrible mainly because of the IHOP cult. Lots of Cult members are moving into the South KC area because of IHOP
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:08 PM
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It was nice in the 60s; not so much now.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:05 PM
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Hello Dave, if you haven't invested in the Ruskin Heights area yet, please don't unless you're going to rent to decent people that want something. I have lived in the area for over 15 years and the past couple of years it has been doing down slowly but surely. Invest elsewhere.

Moving away from Ruskin Heights/Ruskin Hills soon.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:24 PM
Location: Middle America
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I work adjacent to this area, and it's awfully run down. There are worse parts of town, but I don't see this area being on the upswing anytime soon, sadly.
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