urban renewal

Elle Moxley / KCUR 89.3

Updated, 11 a.m. Monday: Concrete dust filled the air as a demolition crew began tearing down the old Royale Inn, a blighted motel at Independence Avenue and The Paseo.

Before the city acquired it last year for $1.8 million, drug dealers and prostitutes frequented the Royale. A woman was found murdered in a stairwell in 2011.

Troost Renewal Wish List Collected

Mar 7, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Urban renewal planners received their first assessment of what people who live and work in the Troost Corridor want from a multi-year makeover.  More than 350 people listed concerns and hopes.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Barely into the organizational stage, an ambitious project has started to rejuvenate the east side of Kansas City.