highway 71 http://kcur.org en 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 Highway 71: Connecting The Metro, Dividing Neighborhoods http://kcur.org/post/highway-71-connecting-metro-dividing-neighborhoods <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Highways connect people and places with a speed we've come to take for granted. But highways also have a history of dividing and sometimes nearly obliterating the very communities they intersect.</span></p><p>Perhaps the most controversial example of this phenomenon in Kansas City is U.S. Highway 71.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:20:19 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 56527 at http://kcur.org Highway 71: Connecting The Metro, Dividing Neighborhoods No Changes In Store For Controversial Bruce R Watkins Drive http://kcur.org/post/no-changes-store-controversial-bruce-r-watkins-drive <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d08b32205c5-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d08b32205c5-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d08b32205c5-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-907510.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – The unusual, and some would say unsafe, design of Bruce R Watkins Drive is a compromise between regional and neighborhood interests.</p> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:58:24 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 6725 at http://kcur.org