Tell KCUR: How Has Highway 71 Helped Or Hurt Kansas City?

May 23, 2014

How has U.S. Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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U.S. Highway 71 has become one of the most prominent north-south arteries of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

But when it was built on the east side of Kansas City, Mo., in the 1990s, the construction sparked controversy because of the way it bisected existing neighborhoods.  

Earlier this year, when we asked you what were Kansas City’s biggest dividing lines, Highway 71 emerged as one of them.

On Twitter, Matt Nugent told us: “71 has started to replace Troost as the major ... dividing line.”

We want to know how you think 71 has affected the metro.

Tell KCUR: How has Highway 71 helped or hurt Kansas City?

Tweet us your answers with the #TellKCUR hashtag or go to our Facebook page and leave your answer in a comment.  

You also can leave us a message at 816-235-2881 or send an email with your answer to

We’ll share your stories Thursday online and on the air during KCUR’s daily talk show Central Standard, which starts at 10 a.m.

Tell KCUR is part of an initiative to engage the community and shine a light on your experiences and opinions. We’ll ask a new question every week and then share your feedback on the air and online. Check out our arsenal of questions and your answers.