Prospect Avenue

Laura Ziegler / KCUR

The Federal Transit Administration has given first-round approval to a big overhaul of Kansas City's Prospect Avenue bus line.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has been working for several years to turn the route into a MAX line like the Main Street and Troost Avenue routes.

The Transit Administration's approval means the project can now move into its development phase, and the KCATA can start trying to secure federal funding to help offset the estimated $54 million price tag.

Matt Hodapp / KCUR

Six years ago, Teola Powell asked Kansas City, Missouri, City Manager Troy Schulte to take a tour of the grocery stores — or lack thereof — in her neighborhood around 31st and Prospect.

“It's important to me that we have a neighborhood that we can be proud of, and a supermarket that we can go to and feel good about shopping there," Powell said. "I shouldn't have to go to Westport or Walmart. I should be able to do it right here in my neighborhood.”

When Prospect Avenue Was Main Street

Jul 31, 2012

Local historian and activist Joelouis Mattox joins us in the second half of Tuesday's Central Standard to discuss the varied history of midtown's Prospect Avenue.

Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

One veteran businessperson along Kansas City's Prospect Avenue took a very personal interest this week in a celebration of a multi-million dollar community development project along his blighted strip of the boulevard.

Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

The show for April 8, 2012. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

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.