Value Capture In Situ: Participation, Evaluation, and Signaling in Kansas City, MO

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Journal Article

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place - north america, place - urban, mode - tram/light rail, economics - value capture, economics - revenue, land use - impacts, land use - planning


economic development, governance, infrastructure and capital facilities, politics and society, public administration, transportation, urban form


This paper provides a qualitative examination of the implementation of a value capture–funded streetcar investment in Kansas City, MO. Using semi-structured interviews, I show that the local benefits of value capture financing go beyond revenue-raising. Local officials used value capture to limit the public approval process to residents who supported enhanced transit and to redefine the metrics of a successful transport investment in terms of land development impacts. This strategic, and unexpected, use of value capture underwrites property-led economic development that uses infrastructure investments to signal public-sector priorities, in terms of both geography and populations.


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