Passionate About Place: Meet Gene Kansas

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Gene Kansas bucks the stereotype that real estate brokers are only in it for the money. His entire business—Gene Kansas | Commercial Real Estate—focuses on place making and community building in Atlanta, Georgia and beyond.

“Responsible development doesn’t build over our history, it builds up our history,” explains Kansas. His passionate take on revitalization and rehabilitation is fresh and exciting, and when it comes to respecting the history of the neighborhoods and buildings where he’s working, that’s his business.

One current project he’s particularly proud of is the rehabilitation of the historic Altanta Daily World Building originally constructed in 1912. Its namesake comes from the oldest African American newspaper in continuous operation in the United States, the Atlanta Daily World, which occupied the building from 1946 through March 2008. Beloved for its architecture and cultural legacy, a groundswell of community support prevented its demolition a few years ago, and now GK|CRE converted the building into charming apartments with modern convenience.

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“It’s not just about the revitalization of a single building, but also as a shining example of vitality, economic development and preservation for an entire community. It’s a chance to not only live in the context of history, but to be a part of history.”

To learn more about all the awesome work Gene Kansas does in Atlanta and beyond, visit and pop over to check out his radio show Sidewalk Radio, a show about real estate that’s not really about real estate at all. It covers life in the modern city by exploring cultural and physical development through the lens of history, and in the context of community. Yep, this guy does it all, with passion and purpose.

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Written by Shannon Randall

Photos by Justin Weaver

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