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KC’s Housing Construction Story in Less Than 30 Seconds

March 22, 2013

By Jake Goldman and Destiny Richardson

In this blog, we have discussed the roller coaster ride our housing market has been on over the past 10 years. Well, a picture (or movie) is worth a thousand words. You now can see this roller coaster ride in 23 seconds.

The animation below represents the time-enabled mapping of building permit locations from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA) from 2002 – 2012.  The GIS staff at the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) has geocoded all of the permits during this time frame.  The larger dots represent permits with multiple units at one location such as apartments and condos.  As the animation plays (by month), notice the areas where clusters of building permits appear such as Olathe, Overland Park and Shawnee in Kansas and Gladstone, Lee’s Summit, Raymore and Grain Valley in Missouri.  The strong growth in downtown housing is also evident.

You can also see how the level or permitting activity is very high at the beginning of the animation and slows as the economy enters and slowly recovers from the recession. Here’s a more traditional chart using the same data.

HBA Bldg Permits 2002-2012

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