East Side Development

Discuss items in the urban core outside of Downtown as described above. Everything in the core including the east side (18th & Vine area), Plaza, Westport, Brookside, Valentine, Waldo, 39th street, & the entire midtown area.
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Re: East Side Development

Post by FangKC » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:35 pm

For decades a dividing line, Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., sees new hope

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna918851

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Re: East Side Development

Post by chingon » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:08 am

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Post by DaveKCMO » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:54 am

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/arti ... 21125.html
Reed’s constituents are not so jazzed, though, about the surprise aspect of the city’s plan to take $3 million of the money for 18th & Vine from the only $10 million a year in sales tax revenue that voters approved for the East Side.

And why even have a board to oversee how that money’s going to be spent if the city is planning how to use it without even consulting members?

Reed called the completely justified criticism he was hearing from the advocacy group “a gross misrepresentation” of reality.

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Re: East Side Development

Post by mykn » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:36 am

You just aren’t getting a clear picture, he told them. Same as when he was a kid, he had to move the TV antenna this way and that to get better reception. Then, when he could see his show at last, he’d say, “God bless Bill Cosby!”

“Because I liked that show,” he explained, when no one even smiled at his analogy.
Maaaybe not the best analogy to use right now

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Re: East Side Development

Post by flyingember » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:34 pm

That article makes the new sales tax sound like the Go Bond. Something for any pet project that comes up.

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Re: East Side Development

Post by beautyfromashes » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:00 pm

flyingember wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:34 pm
That article makes the new sales tax sound like the Go Bond. Something for any pet project that comes up.
You thought it was something else? I thought everyone knew when they voted it was a slush fund.

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Re: East Side Development

Post by FangKC » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:01 am

Blue Valley Looks To Forge New Path

Can An East Side Area Be A Bellwether For Other Kansas City Neighborhoods?
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So today, Blue Valley is one of Kansas City’s most distressed (and overlooked) neighborhoods.

“We have been put on the backburner a lot,” said Dale Walker, 78, president of the Blue Valley Neighborhood Association.

So Kansas City PBS is zeroing in on Blue Valley and the surrounding area for its coverage of what promises to be a transformative election for the city this year. In June, voters will elect a new mayor and a slew of new city council members. Many of the mayoral candidates are current council members representing districts in and around Blue Valley.

Drilling down to a specific neighborhood spotlights issues that seem intractable and overwhelming in the abstract, such as when people ask how the city can revitalize the East Side.

Our coverage will focus on blight, street crime and economic development, using Blue Valley as something of a testing ground. Perhaps solutions hatched there can work elsewhere — and conversely, can answers in other neighborhoods work in Blue Valley?
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https://www.flatlandkc.org/who-will-lea ... ces-mayor/

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Re: East Side Development

Post by alejandro46 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:50 pm

"$4M childcare center on Prospect could be pivotal for urban core development"
Two metro locations and buckets of community support later, Kiddie Depot Learning Center — which offers round-the-clock care and community pre-school — is soon expected to begin work on a $4 million childcare and learning facility on Prospect, McCant said.

“I’ve got over 400 children on the waiting list. So the market is demanding that we build a new facility. [To make it happen] we were approved by the one-eighth-cent sales tax initiative of Kansas City, received some grant funding,” he explained.

Breaking ground in May, the new Kiddie Depot Learning Center will double as the site of a pediatric clinic — providing a space for parents to conveniently access routine check-ups and urgent care needs, McCant added.

“My heart is always for the less fortunate and underserved, underprivileged. … There’s so many services that are needed. So we wanted to be one of the stakeholders that brought some of those additional services back [to the urban core],” he said.

Easy access to medical care won’t only benefit Kansas City kids, it could help parents hold jobs, McCant hypothesized.

“One of the challenges that the parents have is when a child needs shot records [or] they get sick, they have to go downtown to Truman Medical Center, Children’s Mercy — which basically takes a day … it causes them to take a day off,” he said. “There could be an occurrence that comes along with that in addition to missing pay.”

Once it’s completed, McCant also hopes to roll out computer science and coding classes at the learning center — a way of preparing older kids for a modern workforce, he said.

From McCant’s perspective, the city’s urban core is the only area in Kansas City left to be developed. Enhanced access to education in the area could be the most significant step toward rewriting the future east of Troost, he said.

“It is becoming a multiplex of different ethnicities — which that’s what is needed in the urban core. It shouldn’t be all black. It takes us all, you know what I mean? It takes all of us to really bring about the comprehensive development and the type of lifestyle that incubates,” McCant said of ongoing work to heal division felt within the urban core.

Not only has providing round-the-clock care cultivated a safer community for kids, its could serve as a means to strengthen Kansas City’s workforce, McCant said.

“When the word spread to the marketplace that we were that service [meeting parents halfway,] then we went and partnered with a few employers,” he said of growing opportunities for collaboration.

As a result, several local employers have partnered with Kiddie Depot Learning Center, allowing the learning center’s class rosters to grow considerably — a method of community building McCant is hopeful to see grow as he looks toward the launch of the new facility, he said.
'https://www.startlandnews.com/2019/03/k ... -prospect/

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