None of the houses Kansas City Councilwoman Alissia Canady lived in growing up east of Troost are occupied.
Most of the schools she attended have closed.
“When you look at the areas where violent crime is occurring, you see vacant and abandoned houses, high concentrations of poverty, lack of basic resources and poor education,” Canady said Tuesday at the first meeting of the Citizens Task Force Against Violence. “It’s almost like it’s the formula for violence.”
Canady grew up in the Third District and now represents the Fifth.