I have to laugh when reading in The Star about suburbanites rushing to occupy their new lofts in downtown KC. From 1979 until 2001, I lived in a loft in the Union Hill area.
The new urban pioneers will soon realize it is not safe to leave their gated, guarded concrete enclaves after 5 p.m. for a walk or a bike ride. Soon they will realize they must return to those dreaded suburbs to buy groceries, clothes, etc. Eventually they are going to have to deal with the Kansas City Water Department, trash pickup, codes enforcement or the police. At some point, they are going to notice the crumbling curbs, sidewalks, streets and traffic systems, and the ubiquitous gunfire, trash and broken liquor bottles.
Looking for a deal on a trendy downtown loft? Just wait a while. There will be lots of them.