urban development http://kcur.org en Then And Now: Pictures Show Changes In KC's Blue Hills Neighborhood http://kcur.org/post/then-and-now-pictures-show-changes-kcs-blue-hills-neighborhood <p>It's been three years since the Google Street View camera made its way through the streets of the Blue Hills neighborhood between Prospect Avenue and Paseo Boulevard, and 47th&nbsp;and&nbsp;63rd Streets.</p><p>In that time, as the community has tried to shake the stigma of being filled with blighted homes, the community has seen a lot of visible changes. (<a href="http://kcur.org/post/after-recession-blue-hills-neighborhood-works-change-its-reputation?nopop=1">See how Blue Hills has been trying to change its reputation</a>.)</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:43:06 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 55670 at http://kcur.org Then And Now: Pictures Show Changes In KC's Blue Hills Neighborhood After Recession, Blue Hills Neighborhood Works To Change Its Reputation http://kcur.org/post/after-recession-blue-hills-neighborhood-works-change-its-reputation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City has a reputation for being one of the most affordable cities in the country to buy a home, and as the metro emerges from the recession, some of the most affordable neighborhoods are trying to draw in buyers.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 55681 at http://kcur.org After Recession, Blue Hills Neighborhood Works To Change Its Reputation Shopping Mall Closures And What They Mean For Our Cityscape http://kcur.org/post/shopping-mall-closures-and-what-they-mean-our-cityscape <p>Shopping malls across the city and across the nation are closing their doors or re-imagining their futures. With the recent closure of Metro North and a meeting called to gather community input on redevelopment possibilities for Metcalf South, <em>Central Standard</em> convened local experts to look back on the significance of the shopping mall, in our city and in our lives.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:23:48 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christie Garton, Kate Baxendale & Suzanne Hogan 54633 at http://kcur.org Shopping Mall Closures And What They Mean For Our Cityscape Exploring The Borders And Boundaries In And Around Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/exploring-borders-and-boundaries-and-around-kansas-city <p>How do we define ourselves, Kansas City? Are we a community made of rich and poor, black and white? Are we defined and divided by the languages we speak at home? Do neighborhoods, suburbs or rural communities signify who we are?</p><p>On today's <em>Central Standard</em>, we’ll explore the ways our communities have changed and <em>are</em> changing. Also, we'll talk about the lines that separate and unite us as the beginning of a longer conversation between KCUR and the greater Kansas City about borders and boundaries.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51771 at http://kcur.org The New American City http://kcur.org/post/new-american-city <p>We're live from the Kauffman Center at the <a href="http://www.cityage.org/thenewamericancity/">CityAge, New American City Conference</a> as part of a double bill featuring <em>Central Standard</em> and <em>Up To Date</em>.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:03:03 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Jabulani Leffall & Julie Denesha 28475 at http://kcur.org The New American City Main Street Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/main-street-kansas-city <p>During our last presidential election, there was a lot of talk about Main Street vs. Wall Street. But here in Kansas City, our Main Street is home to big-business and to small-businesses, to restaurants and to empty storefronts, to innovative theaters and payday lending shops.</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:18:44 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 16509 at http://kcur.org Main Street Kansas City Incubator Planned For Small-Time Contractors On Prospect http://kcur.org/post/incubator-planned-small-time-contractors-prospect <p>The community development corporation Blue Hills Community Services has been working to rebuild the Blue Hills neighborhood for the past 38 years. And they've just begun construction on their latest project: a $3 million energy-efficient renovation of a building at 50th and Prospect. The new center will house the organization's headquarters, and provide office space and training for about a dozen small-time contractors at a time. The contractor incubator will be the first of its kind in the Kansas City area.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:18:20 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 11311 at http://kcur.org Incubator Planned For Small-Time Contractors On Prospect