Beyond Our Borders http://kcur.org en The Challenges Of Renovating Homes In Kansas City's Urban Core http://kcur.org/post/challenges-renovating-homes-kansas-citys-urban-core <p>Blanche Thomas wants neighbors. She has been living in the Ivanhoe neighborhood at 34th Street and Brooklyn Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., since 1956.</p><p>Back then, there was a grocery store and dry cleaners across the street. Houses stood on either side of hers. But now, the block looks different.</p><p>“It has changed 100 percent because in the block that I live in there are no houses,” Thomas says. “There are no people living on my block, only my son and I.”</p><p>The two apartment buildings across the street stand empty. Thomas bought the two lots on either side of her house.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:46:32 +0000 Cara McClain 60107 at http://kcur.org The Challenges Of Renovating Homes In Kansas City's Urban Core Troost Project Is A Walk Down Memory Lane http://kcur.org/post/troost-project-walk-down-memory-lane <p>KCUR’s <a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders"><em>Beyond Our Borders</em></a> project has kicked off a year-long examination of the geographic lines that separate our region.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:11:32 +0000 Ron Jones 59831 at http://kcur.org Troost Project Is A Walk Down Memory Lane What Sidewalks In Troostwood Say About The Green Impact Zone http://kcur.org/post/what-sidewalks-troostwood-say-about-green-impact-zone <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sidewalk outside of Wanda Taylor's house on Tracy Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., is cracking&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">– it's bad enough that her dog, Faith, steps gingerly around it during an evening walk.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All of the sidewalks in Troostwood, where Taylor is neighborhood association president, used to look like this. But two years ago, the sidewalks north of 51st Street were replaced as part of the Green Impact Zone project. The fresh, new concrete is stamped "GIZ 2012."</span></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:43:02 +0000 Elle Moxley 59801 at http://kcur.org What Sidewalks In Troostwood Say About The Green Impact Zone Worst Things About The State Line, According To Kansas Citians http://kcur.org/post/worst-things-about-state-line-according-kansas-citians <p></p><p>Having to file taxes in two states is the biggest drawback to the state line.</p><p>At least according to one Kansas Citian, Marge Gasnick (@gasnickmarge), who responded to our question of the week on Twitter: <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-how-does-state-line-affect-your-life">How does the state line affect your life?</a></p><p>As KCUR reporters begin to examine the state line for the next few months, part of our <a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders">Beyond Our Borders project</a>, &nbsp;we wanted to hit up our audience for story ideas.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:03:49 +0000 Alyson Raletz 59800 at http://kcur.org Worst Things About The State Line, According To Kansas Citians When We Talk About Troost, Are We Talking About Race? http://kcur.org/post/when-we-talk-about-troost-are-we-talking-about-race <p>To conclude&nbsp;KCUR's extended&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders">investigation</a> of Troost Avenue as a border that Kansas Citians perceive as a dividing line, <a href="http://kcur.org/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a> asked a question that often goes unspoken. That is, when we talk about Troost, as a city, are we really talking about race?</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:43:20 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 59775 at http://kcur.org When We Talk About Troost, Are We Talking About Race? Troost As A Meme http://kcur.org/post/troost-meme <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When we talk about </span>Troost<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Kansas City, are we really talking about race? A panel of people who live, work and think on the street discuss whether our&nbsp;</span>Troost<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> meme is useful, or causes further divisions.</span></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:08:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Sylvia Maria Gross 59781 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: How Does The State Line Affect Your Life? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-how-does-state-line-affect-your-life <p></p><p>As KCUR prepares to spend a months-long examination on issues tied to the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area, we’re curious about the significance of this north-south border in your world.</p><p>Maybe you lost or gained a job when a company headquarters moved across the metro to another state.</p><p>Perhaps the state line makes filing taxes more difficult or easier for you. Or crossing the Kansas-Missouri border gets you cheaper gas or sales taxes.</p><p><strong>Tell KCUR: How does the state line affect your life?</strong></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:12:33 +0000 Alyson Raletz 59620 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: How Does The State Line Affect Your Life? What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle http://kcur.org/post/what-kansas-citys-vine-street-castle <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve ever driven around the historic </span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&amp; Vine neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Mo., you might have noticed what looks like a castle. It appears as though it housed Missouri royalty, but in fact this four-story structure, chiseled out of yellow limestone, was originally designed as the city jail.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:09:53 +0000 Esther Honig 59370 at http://kcur.org What Is That? Kansas City's Vine Street Castle Black Churches In Kansas City Seek New Responses To Violence http://kcur.org/post/black-churches-kansas-city-seek-new-responses-violence <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a recent meeting of the </span><a href="http://www.adhocgroupkc.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ad Hoc Group Against Violent Crime</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, founder Alvin Brooks had a panel of teenagers describe their experiences after a sibling had been murdered. </span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:32:53 +0000 Laura Ziegler 59227 at http://kcur.org Black Churches In Kansas City Seek New Responses To Violence Meet The Eyes And Ears Of Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood http://kcur.org/post/meet-eyes-and-ears-kansas-citys-ivanhoe-neighborhood <p></p><p></p><p>Ida Dockary and Florence Hayden have seen it all during the 55 years they’ve lived on the 3800 block of the&nbsp;Ivanhoe&nbsp;neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., just a few doors down from one another.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:49:19 +0000 Laura Ziegler 58675 at http://kcur.org Meet The Eyes And Ears Of Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood The Story Behind Kansas City's House Of Cards http://kcur.org/post/story-behind-kansas-citys-house-cards <p>Have you ever driven through the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., and seen a building with playing cards instead of windows?&nbsp;</p><p>That's the house of cards, an abandoned apartment building at 7th and Indiana streets, that community members used to create public art. After a couple of years of dormancy, there's now some renewed interest to continue the effort.</p><p>Here's the story of how that project began:&nbsp;</p><p>A couple years back, the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., had a problem.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:52:50 +0000 Cara McClain 58599 at http://kcur.org The Story Behind Kansas City's House Of Cards Transforming Ivanhoe http://kcur.org/post/transforming-ivanhoe <p>Ivanhoe is a neighborhood on Kansas City’s east side with a rich history. Though recent decades have brought on hard times, the community, led by spokeswoman Margaret May, has rallied to restore its former glory. Some residents are frustrated by vacant houses on their blocks, while others love the new farmer’s market and point–with a sigh of relief—to reduced crime rates.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:50:57 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58887 at http://kcur.org How Residents Turned Things Around In Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood http://kcur.org/post/how-residents-turned-things-around-kansas-citys-ivanhoe-neighborhood <p>Few neighborhoods in Kansas City. Mo., have faced as many problems as the&nbsp;Ivanhoe neighborhood in the city's urban core.</p><p>Crime, drug houses, frequent vacancy, and trash buildup have plagued the area for decades, but neighborhood residents have been working towards change.&nbsp;</p><p>Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council Executive Director Margaret May has worked in the neighborhood since 2001, and has seen it blossom as residents like Ida Dockery take ownership and responsibility for cleaning it up.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:45:07 +0000 Cody Newill 58347 at http://kcur.org How Residents Turned Things Around In Kansas City's Ivanhoe Neighborhood 3 Challenges Of Transforming A Vacant Lot Into An Edible Landscape http://kcur.org/post/3-challenges-transforming-vacant-lot-edible-landscape <p>There are thousands of vacant lots in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the </span>Ivanhoe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood, from </span>31st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Street to Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard and Prospect to </span>Paseo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the </span><a href="http://www.incthrives.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> owns more than 150.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 58145 at http://kcur.org 3 Challenges Of Transforming A Vacant Lot Into An Edible Landscape Neighborhoods In Kansas City's Historic Northeast Move Beyond City Ordinance http://kcur.org/post/neighborhoods-kansas-citys-historic-northeast-move-beyond-city-ordinance <p></p><p>The Historic Northeast has a concentration of social services such as soup kitchens, shelters and health centers.</p><p>And the services tend to draw large numbers of the homeless to the area.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the past year and a half, residents have been organizing to deal with some of the accompanying issues, like excess trash, sanitation and property damage.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:19:12 +0000 Laura Ziegler 58207 at http://kcur.org Neighborhoods In Kansas City's Historic Northeast Move Beyond City Ordinance School Slated For Demolition In The Historic Northeast Gets Community Support http://kcur.org/post/school-slated-demolition-historic-northeast-gets-community-support <p>A rusted metal "No Trespassing" sign hangs on a post outside the boarded-up Thacher School in the Historic Northeast in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>On the other side of the tall fence, the grass is neatly trimmed and the empty parking lot is litter-free. The brick exterior, once a popular canvas for graffiti artists, has been scrubbed mostly clean. A single blue doodle is the only evidence of vandalism neighbors say was once common at the vacant school.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:37:58 +0000 Elle Moxley 57976 at http://kcur.org School Slated For Demolition In The Historic Northeast Gets Community Support How School And District Boundaries Shaped Education In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/how-school-and-district-boundaries-shaped-education-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, we </span><a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders" style="line-height: 1.5;">embarked on a year-long investigation of the lines that divide and unite us</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — starting with a look at </span>Troost<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue.</span></p><p>The road&nbsp;has been used as a border for many things, including neighborhood associations, census tracts, political districts and public schools.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:52:10 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 57389 at http://kcur.org How School And District Boundaries Shaped Education In Kansas City Cliff Drive Began With Aristocratic Kansas City Family http://kcur.org/post/cliff-drive-began-aristocratic-kansas-city-family <p>Cliff Drive in Kansas City, Mo., hugs the limestone bluffs that separate the stately turn-of-the-century mansions in the Historic Northeast neighborhood from the industry and train tracks of the Missouri River bottoms.</p><p>The road was purchased from the estate of Reverend Nathan Scarritt&nbsp;around&nbsp;1900.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:56:54 +0000 Laura Ziegler 57965 at http://kcur.org Cliff Drive Began With Aristocratic Kansas City Family Artists Explore Possibilities Of Vacant Lots In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/artists-explore-possibilities-vacant-lots-kansas-city <p>Artists have a reputation for moving into places others don’t – turning areas once full of empty buildings into thriving districts, such as the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Mo. So, it’s not surprising they’d take a look at the thousands of vacant lots and vacant houses in the city, exploring everything from sculpture parks to art galleries on some of the least desirable lots.<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Creating a new space with a purpose</strong></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:15:42 +0000 Laura Spencer 57420 at http://kcur.org Artists Explore Possibilities Of Vacant Lots In Kansas City KC Anti-Crime Leader Says The Black Church Needs New Message For Grieving Teens http://kcur.org/post/kc-anti-crime-leader-says-black-church-needs-new-message-grieving-teens <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The homicide epidemic among young black men on Kansas City’s east side is leaving a generation of grieving teens in its wake, and some in the crime-fighting community feel black churches need to change their message to better help these young people deal with their loss.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:39:40 +0000 Laura Ziegler 57141 at http://kcur.org KC Anti-Crime Leader Says The Black Church Needs New Message For Grieving Teens Three Prized Possessions From Kansas City's Black Archives http://kcur.org/post/three-prized-possessions-kansas-citys-black-archives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Black Archives of Mid-America has provided a place to learn about African-American history in Kansas City, Mo., for the past four decades. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And during that time, it has amassed a vast collection of papers</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, photographs and even physical structures to show what life was like as a black Kansas&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Citian</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:11:39 +0000 Cara McClain 57414 at http://kcur.org Three Prized Possessions From Kansas City's Black Archives Program Offers Grief Counseling For Kansas City Teens Affected By Homicide http://kcur.org/post/program-offers-grief-counseling-kansas-city-teens-affected-homicide <p></p><h3>There’s a hush in the community room at the Lucile H. Bluford Public Library at 30<sup>th</sup> and Prospect streets, something like the quiet in a church just before the service starts.</h3><p>The two dozen folks gathered here at 6 p.m. on a Monday night in June want to hear from the four sitting as a panel in the front of the room, people that despite their young ages, have years of mourning to share.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:33:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 56903 at http://kcur.org Program Offers Grief Counseling For Kansas City Teens Affected By Homicide Low-Income Neighborhoods In Kansas City Have More Parks, Fewer Playgrounds http://kcur.org/post/low-income-neighborhoods-kansas-city-have-more-parks-fewer-playgrounds <p>Recently, Kansas State University researchers visited every park in Kansas City, Mo., to analyze the <a href="http://activelivingresearch.org/files/ABM2013_Vaughan.pdf">distribution of parks and park amenities throughout the city</a>.</p><p>They found low-income neighborhoods, including Kansas City's east side, have fewer playgrounds than high-income neighborhoods. That’s in spite of having a higher concentration of parkland in those same neighborhoods. Researchers studied 219 parks and about 12,000 acres of parkland.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:40:23 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Gina Kaufmann 56999 at http://kcur.org Low-Income Neighborhoods In Kansas City Have More Parks, Fewer Playgrounds Kansas City's Historic Northeast Balances History With Urban Reality http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-historic-northeast-balances-history-urban-reality <p></p><p>Kansas City’s Historic Northeast is known for its great cuisine and iconic old homes.</p><p>But it also grapples with a reputation of vandalism and other crime, says Lisa Donnici, who moved to the Historic Northeast roughly 14 years ago.</p><p>Her relationship with the area — made up of six distinct Kansas City neighborhoods that are just south of the Missouri River — goes back much farther, however.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:14:03 +0000 Alyson Raletz 56960 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Historic Northeast Balances History With Urban Reality The Story Behind The Lost Song About Fairyland Park http://kcur.org/post/story-behind-lost-song-about-fairyland-park <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of dancers flocked each week to the Fairyland Park Dance Pavilion in Kansas City, Mo., in the decades between opening day in 1923 and when the park closed in the 1977. &nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/post/years-ago-summer-meant-almost-everyone-headed-fairyland-park">The park was owned by the Brancato&nbsp;family</a>, a family of Italian immigrants and successful business people who'd come to the United States at the turn of the century. </span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:16:14 +0000 Laura Ziegler 56823 at http://kcur.org The Story Behind The Lost Song About Fairyland Park Historic Northeast Neighborhoods: People, Art, Food http://kcur.org/post/historic-northeast-neighborhoods-people-art-food <p>As part of KCUR's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders">Beyond Our Borders</a> series, <em>Central Standard</em> met with a handful of residents of Kansas City's historic Northeast to hear about the people and projects shaping the future of that part of town. In particular, artist Hector Casanova told us about his project working with students to transform a boarded-up old school building in the neighborhood by treating its surfaces as a giant canvas.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:12:49 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 56887 at http://kcur.org Historic Northeast Neighborhoods: People, Art, Food The Best Eats In Kansas City's Historic Northeast http://kcur.org/post/best-eats-kansas-citys-historic-northeast <p>This year, KCUR is embarking on a project called "<a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders">Beyond Our Borders</a>," an attempt to take a closer look at the cultural and geographical borders in Kansas City.</p><p>The first border we are examining is&nbsp;Troost Avenue, which acts as a racial and socioeconomic diving line in Kansas City's urban core.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:42:12 +0000 Cody Newill 56862 at http://kcur.org The Best Eats In Kansas City's Historic Northeast Kauffman Charter School Sets High Bar, But Can It Be Replicated? http://kcur.org/post/kauffman-charter-school-sets-high-bar-can-it-be-replicated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a lofty goal for any charter – be the premiere public school in Missouri and a model for the rest of the country.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And for a new school, it’s especially bold. Yet that’s been the vision of the <a href="http://www.kauffmanschool.org/">Kauffman School</a> since before it opened.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:04:48 +0000 Elle Moxley 56829 at http://kcur.org Kauffman Charter School Sets High Bar, But Can It Be Replicated? Highway 71 And The Road To Compromise http://kcur.org/post/highway-71-and-road-compromise <p></p><p>Mamie Hughes, 85, stands in the middle of a bridge that’s named after her, and she marvels at the power of the road below. The power of Highway 71.</p><p>“Sometimes I just like to stand here and look and watch the traffic,” she says as cars and semis zoom underneath. “Seeing how much goes, and it’s just kind of fun.”</p><p>The Mamie Hughes Bridge crosses Highway 71, or Bruce R. Watkins Drive as it’s also known, at Meyer Boulevard.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 56713 at http://kcur.org Highway 71 And The Road To Compromise Why Kansas Citians Are Fed Up With Highway 71 http://kcur.org/post/why-kansas-citians-are-fed-highway-71 <p></p><p>U.S. Highway 71 in Kansas City, Mo., is here to stay.</p><p>But that doesn’t mean Kansas Citians are happy about it.</p><p>When we asked this week: “<a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-how-has-highway-71-helped-or-hurt-kansas-city">How has Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City?</a>” some listeners, tweeters, Facebookers and callers praised the highway’s convenience for being a main north-south thoroughfare in the metropolitan area.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:24:12 +0000 Alyson Raletz 56589 at http://kcur.org Why Kansas Citians Are Fed Up With Highway 71