So, instead of giving up, I asked myself how to get around this problem.
By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. - Christopher Columbus
My answer was to invest elsewhere - and take on a partner local to wherever the investment is located. Doing so also allows me to use NYC dollars (where the cost of living is higher, but so too are the salaries) an invest in a middle-America area.