Blanche Thomas wants neighbors. She has been living in the Ivanhoe neighborhood at 34th Street and Brooklyn Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., since 1956.
Back then, there was a grocery store and dry cleaners across the street. Houses stood on either side of hers. But now, the block looks different.
“It has changed 100 percent because in the block that I live in there are no houses,” Thomas says. “There are no people living on my block, only my son and I.”
The two apartment buildings across the street stand empty. Thomas bought the two lots on either side of her house.