Like, there's a couple people who live on KC's Eastside who've started this project called viable third. From their manifesto:
1. I will choose to only spend my money in kcmo's third council district.
2. I will keep track of what purchases i make that are within and outside of the third on viablethird.com
For those who don't know, the 3rd District is one of the poorest areas of the city. It could use all kinds of economic revitalization. I'm just thrilled these folks have decided to step up and take a stand.
And that's not all they're doing. One of the project's backers, airick leonard west is into all kinds of creative things.
Then, just a couple of minutes ago, I came across a story about Philadelphia trying to lure artists from NYC. This seems like something KC could totally do. I know there are lots of people out there who would love own a whole lot of house for the price of rent on a dinky Manhattan apartment. Or Seattle, for that matter. Hell, you could probably buy ten three-story houses in the Northeast for the price of a 1,000SF condo in them places.
And the art ... scene ... here ... ain't ... bad.