The sixth district has an identity crisis in my view.
It really is in three parts--three regions of the district that are populated by very different populations.
First, is the part east of Highway 71. This is the poorest and Blackest part. This part includes the 64134, which has the second highest rate of foreclosure of the zip codes in Kansas City. It has a higher crime rate too. It probably has more in common with the fifth district then it does with much of the rest of the sixth district.
Next is the part from 71 west to about Holmes Road--maybe Blue River Road would be a better dividing point. It has some of the characteristics of the eastern part of the district, but to a much lesser degree. It is Whiter, and less poor. Portions of the Martin City area share character with this middle part of the sixth.
Finally there is the part of the sixth district from about Holmes/Blue River Road to State Line and down south excluding Martin City. This is the Whitest and richest part of the sixth district without a doubt. The folks here may not be as hip as Brookside and Waldo, and are probably older, but economically are more kin then not to the folks in the forth district.
The "problem"--and I put that in quotes because I am not completely convinced it is a problem--is that the sixth district does not vote as a block, nor do members of the sixth district turn out to vote in a uniform proportion. I would bet good money that the voter turnout percentage gets progressively higher as you move west in the district.
Candidates for at-large and city wide offices can either embrace the district's diversity and visit each part, talking with all the citizens or they can chose to give the sixth short shrift due to not being assured of one reliable block of favorable voters. It's their choice.
Candidates, I think you neglect us at your own risk, especially the parts west of 71 Highway who tend to turn out to the polls in greater numbers.
Oh, and when you are elected, you do need to represent all of us...