urban development

Economy
7:39 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Brownback Proposing Urban Opportunity Zones In Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback says he'll propose a plan to attract people to some urban areas of Kansas that are in decline.

The governor released few details on the so-called Urban Opportunity Zones, but he says they will likely include parts of Sedgwick, Wyandotte and Shawnee Counties. Brownback says the plan may include tax incentives to attract professionals from out-of-state to the areas.

"So it's getting individuals with — a lot of times — with some education, educated individuals, moving into an area and we hope creating growth," says Brownback.

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Development
8:52 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Is Residential Development Right For Kansas City's West Bottoms?

A new apartment building in Kansas City's West Bottoms is in the early stages of construction.
Credit Cody Newill / KCUR

A new push for residential development in Kansas City's West Bottoms has some strong support and strong opposition.

Rancher and real estate developer Bill Haw started construction on a new apartment building at 1515 Genessee St., in July. The goal for the 11 unit complex is to draw families into the West Bottoms.

"There haven't been many families with young children moving back to the central core," Haw said. "I think that's an essential part of the transition to rebuilding the core of the city."

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Beyond Our Borders
12:46 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

The Challenges Of Renovating Homes In Kansas City's Urban Core

Neil Rudsill and Lisa Hummel sit on the front porch of their renovated home at the corner of 36th Street and Woodland Avenue in Kansas City, Mo.
Cara McClain KCUR

Blanche Thomas wants neighbors. She has been living in the Ivanhoe neighborhood at 34th Street and Brooklyn Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., since 1956.

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.

“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.”

The two apartment buildings across the street stand empty. Thomas bought the two lots on either side of her house.

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Community
9:43 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Then And Now: Pictures Show Changes In KC's Blue Hills Neighborhood

Credit Suzanne Hogan / Google Street View 2011 / KCUR

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 and 63rd Streets.

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. (See how Blue Hills has been trying to change its reputation.)

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Beyond Our Borders
5:30 am
Wed May 14, 2014

After Recession, Blue Hills Neighborhood Works To Change Its Reputation

Helen Bryant of Bryant Real Estate likes to call herself an 'affordable housing real estate agent.' She's been working in Blue Hills and the urban core since she started her business 20 years ago.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

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.

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Central Standard
3:23 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Shopping Mall Closures And What They Mean For Our Cityscape

Bannister Mall, pictured here, was legendary in the rise and fall of the local shopping mall.
Credit Mike Calasnic / Creative Commons, Flickr

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, Central Standard convened local experts to look back on the significance of the shopping mall, in our city and in our lives. 

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Exploring The Borders And Boundaries In And Around Kansas City

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?

On today's Central Standard, we’ll explore the ways our communities have changed and are 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.

Guests:

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Central Standard
8:03 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

The New American City

Kansas City at dusk
ZTW1 flickr

We're live from the Kauffman Center at the CityAge, New American City Conference as part of a double bill featuring Central Standard and Up To Date.


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Central Standard
3:18 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Main Street Kansas City

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.

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Business & Tech
12:18 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Incubator Planned For Small-Time Contractors On Prospect

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.

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