March First Friday!

Smooth jazz and soulful ballads fill the air, floating around street corners and parking lots as a crowd gathers to watch a break dancer. Food trucks are corralled like chuck wagons of old while the tantalizing smell of street tacos and gourmet appetizers wafts through the crowd, accompanying intricately displayed artwork in funky studios and multi-story art emporiums.

These are the sights, sounds and flavors of First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District, one of KC’s most unique events in one of its most unique neighborhoods. Visitors and locals alike take to the streets, walking from a pop-up party to a craft brewery to a fine art gallery, a stone’s throw from one another. On the first Friday of each month, venture south of Downtown KC—either by KC Streetcar, car, bike or by foot—to experience the avant-garde neighborhood that the arts built.

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March Basketball Fever Runs Hot In Kansas City!

Kansas City hosts the 2019 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship on March 13-16 at the Sprint Center in Downtown Kansas City. And no matter who you root for you can win big with KCLoftCentral in March.

In honor of the madness KCLoftCentral will be dishing out some sick specials to assist you in scoring a loft downtown in the month of March. Call or email us to find out about the game plan but details include Free Rent, Free Big 12 tickets and more!

Right now we have studios for rent starting at just $875/month, one bedrooms starting at $940/month and two bedrooms starting at $1,285/month. Our historic properties feature amenities like covered parking, washers and dryers, fitness studios and excellent walk-ability to the Sprint Center and Power and Light.

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EBT Lofts – Look and Lease!

For a limited time only at EBT Lofts, when you look and lease an apartment and schedule your move in by March 30, 2019, you will receive a $1,000 visa gift card at move in*.

EBT has a slick selection of lofts with studios starting at $899, One Bedrooms starting at $1,020 and Two Bedrooms starting at $1,545. You will not find a better deal than this for an apartment in Downtown Kansas City Missouri!

This historic loft community is located at the corner of 16th and Walnut in the Crossroads. From this centralized location you will have access to the streetcar, inspiring restaurants, live music, sporting events, performing arts and so much more.

Many of these lofts have been updated with new flooring, lighting, and appliances giving them a modern feel while preserving the historic charm of the colorful brick walls and heavy timber beams and ceilings.

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Must apply, qualify and move in by March 30, 2019. This offer expires on Saturday February 23, 2019 at 5pm.

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Land Your Job in Flyover Country.

Ask any college senior where the best jobs are and you’ll probably hear a list of coastal metropolises: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the like.

But economic development data tell a different story. Smaller cities away from the coasts are the true hotbeds of economic activity today, thanks to their relatively low costs of living, abundant job opportunities and appealing community amenities.

 This movement is a stark change from decades past, when central business districts in these cities would shut down as office workers headed home to the suburbs. Now, what used to be places to work and leave have become places to work and live. In “18-hour” cities like Denver, Colorado, Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina people are staying downtown long after the workday is done. That’s spurring economic growth and the development of thriving residential neighborhoods.

Consider Dallas, which attracted nearly 150,000 new residents last year — more than five times as many as Los Angeles did. Or downtown Denver, where over 10,000 residential units are under construction. That represents a nearly 50 percent increase in the total housing stock.

Mid-size cities are also attracting highly-educated and technologically skilled millennials in disproportionate numbers. From 2010 to 2015, the millennial population in San Antonio, Orlando and Colorado Springs grew at more than 60 times the rate of Chicago’s millennial population.

The growth of secondary cities isn’t new. The Urban Land Institute first chronicled their rise five years ago, and next year could bring even more growth to these cities. According to Emerging Trends in Real Estate, an annual industry forecast published by the Urban Land Institute and PwC, eight of the top 10 real estate markets to watch in 2019 are “18-hour cities,” including Raleigh, Charlotte and Orlando. Dallas topped the list.

Part of the appeal driving smaller cities’ growth? Residents can actually afford to live there. A one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles costs almost twice as much as it does in Dallas — and for fewer square feet.

Midsize cities are also much more affordable for those looking to put down roots or raise families. Millennials report that affordability concerns — including down payment requirements — are their largest obstacle to homeownership, according to a recent survey conducted by Apartment List, an online apartment rental marketplace. In San Francisco, it would take nearly three decades for millennials saving at the average rate to have enough for a down payment on a home. In Kansas City, Mo., they could do the same in three years.

Even better, affordable secondary cities now largely offer economic opportunities comparable to those available on the coasts. Last year, employment website ZipRecruiter analyzed its database to identify the fastest-growing markets for tech jobs. Phoenix, Kansas City, and Huntsville, Ala., were among the top five.

Amazon’s decision to split its second headquarters between New York and metropolitan Washington dominated the public’s attention last fall. But the tech titan also affirmed the appeal of smaller cities with its $230 million investment in an operations center in Nashville, which will create 5,000 jobs.

These cities have grown into 18-hour urban destinations in part because they’ve developed bustling arts, music, and food scenes. Denver, Austin, Texas, and Charleston, South Carolina are all in the top five of Zagat’s list of the 30 most exciting food cities in America. Ticket seller SeatGeek ranks Nashville second nationwide for U.S. cities with the most major concerts per capita.

In 2018, Austin’s famed South by Southwest festival brought 425,000 musicians, artists, coders, thinkers, and general attendees to the city and contributed over $350 million to the local economy. It’s a safe bet that many people who now call Austin home got their introduction to the city at SXSW.

Of course, secondary cities aren’t entirely without growing pains. While still cheaper than New York or Washington, rents in Raleigh rose from 9 percent of income in 2014 to 21 percent last year. Over that same period, rents in Dallas increased from 16 percent of income to 21 percent. The influx of people to these car-dependent cities is also putting strain on their transit infrastructure.

To maintain their momentum, smaller cities must be smart about how they grow. This means addressing affordability and transportation challenges while simultaneously encouraging investment and development. The upside of doing so is clear. With demographics working in their favor, new households, net migration, and younger populations will keep demand high in these urban cores and surrounding suburbs.

We’ve entered an era in which smaller cities are becoming more competitive with their more established counterparts. The winners will be cities that have figured out how to be places where people enjoy how they live, rather than simply endure it.

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First Friday in February

On the First Friday of every month, thousands of residents and visitors fill the sidewalks of the Crossroads, enjoying what has become the city’s liveliest and most popular recurring event. Arts organizations, galleries, studios, and a wide variety of local businesses feature local, regional and national artists as well as live entertainment from 5 to 9 p.m. Take the free KC Streetcar and avoid the parking hassle!

Whats happening this Friday February 1st:

Don’t forget KCLoftCentral has several buildings located in Downtown Kansas City’s Crossroads neighborhood. Stop by our leasing offices at 2121 Central or 1601 Walnut to take a tour of Stuart Hall, EBT, or Crossroads Lofts. You can also call us at 816-842-6544 to learn about our current specials and availability.

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