Neighborhoods
4:51 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Initiative Aims To Improve Neighborhoods Along Troost

Two years ago, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce led a community-wide brainstorming session to generate five "big ideas" for improving our metropolitan area. One of those "big ideas" is to revitalize our urban neighborhoods. 

Last year, a new non-profit was founded to lead this effort. The Urban Neighborhood Initiatve will focus on the area between 22nd and 52nd streets, from Troost to Highway 71. It's an area that has already seen some revitalization, whether by residents, or funding from the Green Impact Zone, which covers roughly the same area.

Saundra Hayes is president of the Manheim Park Neighborhood Association. She stands in front of the Bancroft School, which is being converted into apartments.
Saundra Hayes is president of the Manheim Park Neighborhood Association. She stands in front of the Bancroft School, which is being converted into apartments.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

To get a sense of what's already going on in the Troost Corridor, KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross visited Manheim Park, and talked to the neighborhood association president Saundra Hayes.  And UNI's new executive director Dianne Cleaver shared plans for the district.

This story was produced for KC Currents, which airs Sundays at 5pm with a repeat Mondays at 8pm. To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the KC Currents podcast.