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Kauffman Center for th...
November 30-december 6...
Eric L Wesson
A Road Runs Through It, and KC Hopes It Reels in Growth
November 5-11, 2010
Article about the construction of "a $4.2 million stretch of road uniting the new Christopher S. Bond Bridge and Kansas City's River Market area." Work began October 13, 2010, and is planned for completion...
A Welcome Wave of Upgrades and Improvements
August 14, 2011
Editorial about “the Sept. 16 opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts" and the "wave of upgrades and beautification efforts around the facility." Article includes photos of the area improvements....
Feature article about Shirley Helzberg and her many contributions to improving Kansas City through not only the arts but restoration of historic buildings. The 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall in the new Kauffman...
Beginning of the Park and Boulevard Movement in Frontier Kansas City, 1872-1882
Article tracing the origins of the Park and Boulevard System of Kansas City, starting with early parks and their justifications, before the idea of connecting them into a city-wide system.
Biography of August Meyer (1851-1905), Parks and Boulevards Leader
Capturing the Castle
June 26-July 2, 2014
Article describes the efforts of volunteers working to restore the Vine Street Workhouse, otherwise known as the Castle, located at 2001 Vine Street. Daniel and Ebony Edwards are interviewed and describe...
Community Gardens Transform Historic Northeast
August 8, 2012
Article describes initiatives by Northeast Kansas City neighborhoods to transform vacant lots into community gardens and green spaces. Existing gardens in the area include the St. John Community Garden...
Decades of Decay Erased
August 30, 2009
A cooperative program between business owners and community service workers has cleaned up public areas in the West Bottoms. Workers have weeded and landscaped parks and medians, removed trash from vacant...
December 7, 2007
Article with color photographs about efforts to beautify downtown streetscapes with plantings, walkways, etc.
Grandview Realizes Improved Safety and Efficiency Through Two Projects
Grandview's plan to improve its Main Street corridor in five phases and to construct a new parks and public works maintenance facility is explained in this article. Includes a drawing of the plans for...
Article describes Kansas City's "Green Impact Zone," a project to "transform KC's urban core into an economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible place to live." The Green...
Independence Ave. Has Come a Long Way
July 21, 2013
Interview with Bobbi Baker-Huges, a Northeast Kansas City community activist. Baker-Hughes discusses her past efforts aimed at making Kansas City's Northeast neighborhoods safer as well as the recently...
Local Upstart Non-Profit Looks to Renovate Historic Brant Castle
May 16-22, 2014
Article announces that 2orMore, a nonprofit organization created by Daniel Edwards and Ebony Burnside, has started a project to restore and repurpose the former city workhouse located at 21st and Vine...
Minority Development Team Doing it Right in Beacon Hills
October 11-17, 2013
Article announces that work on the Colonnade renovation project has begun. It is stated that the project is part of the larger Beacon Hill redevelopment effort. The article details the project's plans...
Residents Making Sure Benton Corridor Isn't Forgotten
November 30-December 6, 2007
Article detailing the efforts of the Benton Boulevard Beautification Leadership Team to clean up blighted areas along the historic Benton Boulevard Corridor. The Leadership team is represented by neighborhood...
Tax Tactic Offers Helping Hand
August 30, 2011
A small tax charged in area stores in Community Improvement Districts make possible things like "extra security, removal of trash and graffiti, pretty planters and park benches," as well as area awareness...
February 22-28, 2013
Article on the role of 27 Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) in the Kansas City area. CIDs collect tax revenue to use towards improvement projects in a specific area, including infrastructure, maintenance,...
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