Along Armour, Hyde Parkers battle low renters in an epic urban struggle 

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The president of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association is David Kimmis, a slim, 47-year-old designer who moved to Hyde Park six years ago. Three days after Holman's slaying, he presided over a meeting with neighborhood leaders, police and residents at the Central Presbyterian Church at Armour and Campbell.

Kimmis: "I think there has been a change on Armour, as far as more people living on Armour, and along with that comes some additional issues. The apartments we see as trouble spots, the ones who have the highest police calls, are the Bainbridge, Homestead and Kenwood Apartments. If you look at the data, it's not hard to tell where the problems are coming from."


At the Kenwood, 619 East Armour, police reports for 2008 and 2009 show one rape, two aggravated assaults, one armed robbery, five burglaries, six nonaggravated assaults, six cases of possessing drugs with intent to sell or distribute, five reports of property damage, one case of resisting an officer, three incidents of stolen auto parts, four cases of trespassing and one car theft.

At the Homestead, 811 East Armour: five aggravated assaults, two car thefts, three burglaries, one report of harassment, two of concealing a dangerous weapon, one of intimidating behavior, six nonaggravated assaults, nine cases of possessing narcotics (eight of which included sale or distribution), two counts of resisting an officer, one report of a pickpocket, one of stealing from a car, two of trespassing, and one dead body.

And at the Bainbridge, 908 East Armour: 61 cases of nonaggravated assault, 26 cases of drug possession (of which 24 included sale or distribution), four rapes, 37 reports of trespassing, one of resisting arrest, two weapons violations, five of resisting an officer, a dozen reports of property damage, three of forgery, 13 aggravated assaults, six of intimidation, four auto thefts, four armed robberies, five strong-arm robberies, 11 burglaries, and four incidents of a person concealing a dangerous weapon.

The Bainbridge is owned by Eagle Point. California businessman Russell McKee owns the Homestead as well as the Kenwood, which is managed by Lenexa-based SJB Real Estate.

Capt. Mark Terman, Kansas City Police Department: "All of Hyde Park is getting more integrated than it ever has been in the past. The changes came when they reopened some of those apartment buildings as intense Section 8 housing. You started to see more violent crime."


Eugene Lipscomb, deputy director at HUD for the Kansas City metro area, wasn't at the meeting. At the mention of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, he laughs cynically.

Lipscomb: "HUD hasn't done any new Section 8 housing [citywide] since the 1970s and '80s. Some were 20-year contracts, some 30-year, some 40. It was mostly done during the Reagan years. ... If you've lived in Hyde Park 20 years, you know the situation. It hasn't really changed. But single-family, predominantly white homes have been growing over the last 10 or 15 years in Hyde Park. There's momentum now. There were attempts by the neighborhood association to stop the renovation of the Bainbridge, Georgian Court and at least one other property because they didn't want them to be Section 8 properties. The neighborhood association has always asked for mixed-income. I don't know that there's really been an increase in crime because it's an issue that's been brought to us over and over again over the years. But now there's more people living on the boulevard. Eagle Point has a good reputation as a management company. You have to believe that if there were people there that didn't meet qualifications, they weren't moving back in."


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