Mayor Lucas to join KC Public Library panel on affordable housing

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Nearly two years after the Kansas City Public Library and KCPT-Kansas City PBS launched an examination of affordable housing in the city, what has changed? For the better? For worse?

Mayor Quinton Lucas, who campaigned on the issue, joins a panel discussion and assessment of where the city now stands—as well as where it might be headed, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street.

Included is a look at opportunity zones and the tax breaks they extend to developers to encourage investment in low-income, economically distressed neighborhoods. Are they helping or hurting? Do they hasten gentrification? Also, what’s the expected impact of reassessment in Jackson County, particularly on renters?

Nick Haines moderates the presentation, which is co-presented by the Black Community Fund and KCPT-Kansas City PBS.

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