I think that this is an area ripe for revitalization. I know there have been problems with the demographics, but a lot of this 'blight' has extended around the corner down 71 and on to Truman Corners as the market waited for the GV Triangle to get itself sorted out. Now that the triangle redesign is nearing completion, it's time to take advantage of the improved traffic flow. This area is still the outpost of 'the city' for points southward, which is why Bannister Mall used to thrive, with all the shoppers from Belton, Peculiar, Raymore, Harrisonville, having this as their closest major mall. The triangle project took out a good deal of outdated businesses. Now it's time to replace them along the corridor, starting with some new convenience stores around the park and ride at Red Bridge, and hopefully finally renovating the former Crest Drive-in property that presently has that first of the failed new era of hardware stores [what was it called, Home-something, before Home Depo and before Lowes].
If I had to pick a spirit animal, I'd have to go with doggy.