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

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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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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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"$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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KC kicks off plan to repopulate neighborhood in urban core
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Kansas City’s Director of Neighborhood and Housing Services John Wood told 41 Action News "that area overall has lost about 33 percent of its households" during the last three decades "as well as about 33 percent of the population.”

The city wants to bring people back to those neighborhoods and even allocated up $375,000 to help keep the grocery store going.

The goal is to attract 5,000 new households to the neighborhood through a mix of new construction and rehabilitation.
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https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/k ... urban-core

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$375K to 'keep the grocery store going' on top of whatever other incentives the store received to open. And on a local newscast the other night, neighbors complained about how they don't shop there because of high prices and crime. A former co-worker of mine was interviewed on the news segment (she's an urban neighborhood advocate and was also featured on the NBC News national broadcast last summer), and I asked her why SunFresh has several urban locations and they are all noticeably more expensive than other stores. She said it's all related to losses due to shoplifting.
i shop at the SunFresh in Westport (which is ALWAYS busy) and think the high prices are more of an issue related to the business model of the chain - poor selection, shitty quality of meat and prepared food, dirty stores, rude employees. I like the idea of repopulating the area, but it shouldn't come down to shoring up your investment of a poorly managed store. Thoughts?

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The first thought is: why do you shop somewhere that you think the prices are high and has a poor selection, shitty quality of meat and prepared food, dirty stores, and rude employees?
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I tried to shop at that Sunfresh when it first opened to support the neighborhood even though I don’t live in that area. When it first opened, the produce was great and prices were good. Later, I started noticing a change where the fresh produce and meat selections started to change to frozen fish and seafood, no good cuts of meat but tons of hamburger, less selection of produce and more sales on Twinkees and packaged apple pies. I talked to the manager who said that they changed their product mix compared to their other stores due to customer requests and demand. I never went back.

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shinatoo wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:44 am
The first thought is: why do you shop somewhere that you think the prices are high and has a poor selection, shitty quality of meat and prepared food, dirty stores, and rude employees?
I do go elsewhere to shop, but if I need something in a pinch I'll go to SunFresh - two blocks versus a 20-30 minute r/t drive to Roeland Park Price Chopper.

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kcjak wrote:
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shinatoo wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:44 am
The first thought is: why do you shop somewhere that you think the prices are high and has a poor selection, shitty quality of meat and prepared food, dirty stores, and rude employees?
I do go elsewhere to shop, but if I need something in a pinch I'll go to SunFresh - two blocks versus a 20-30 minute r/t drive to Roeland Park Price Chopper.
For some reason, I thought you said Brookside, but you said Westport. I withdraw my snark.
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Isn't the SunFresh on the site of, or across the street from, the location of a previous grocery store that was supported with public funds like 20 or 30 years ago? And then went belly up?

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I would think you would need a grocery in the area before you would get new residents. So it's a risk, but one I suppose you need to take.

To missing KC's point: I think you are correct, question is, when do you give up?
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shinatoo wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:55 am
I would think you would need a grocery in the area before you would get new residents. So it's a risk, but one I suppose you need to take.

To missing KC's point: I think you are correct, question is, when do you give up?
I would agree with that assessment on demand for amenities first.
I think the small number of retail basics like food, clothing, and health supplies are critical items for a community.

When should support end? Maybe after a 5 years. That timeframe is long enough to get a critical mass of current residents to support the store.
In Liberty when Hy-Vee entered town two existing stores shut down within about 5 years, showing customers had changed where they shopped.

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Moving this post to this thread, more appropriate. E Side might have more success focusing on dignified micro living, from tiny home villages, micro apts along main drags and maybe even RV parks per this, tied with a free bus system.

Imagine E Side pockets developed with small pad sites with utilities ready for tiny home kits like this..
https://www.amazon.com/Timber-House-dua ... way&sr=8-2

Micro living is happening on many levels and environments, including dignified cheap to relatively highish end - micro apts, tiny homes, RV/trailer 'condos', beds in co-working spaces, living/working the day out of a backpack, etc.

On the flipside of micro living, a friend also does the RV roaming thing while working on the road (like Aerostream but all fiberglass), a growing trend lately. It's getting so high end some trailers are being marketed as 'mobile condos' - very nice yet affordable ones for $40K-$100K on up, even $25K nicer than you'd think. Upper end RV parks are popping up around country with higher end amenities, not your traditional 'trailer park'. One of these might also work just off Troost. Some of the cheaper ones don't allow more than a 1-3 month stay to avoid becoming a 'trailer park'.

While KC metro is relatively cheap for raising a family, KCMO could stand out more by pursuing being on the forefront of micro living and marketing the city as such catering to every type of micro lifestyle. Urban to rural all within city limits, not many cities can do that. Not aware of any city specifically building up a reputation for it. Would tie in well with free bus system if we can make that happen. When you live urban small, the city surroundings are your home (ideally walkable or accessed via free transit) - park is your backyard, bookstore/library is your den, coffee shop is your patio, etc.

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There is a plan to redevelop the Western Baptist Bible College into an office and educational facility, along with building 35 townhomes on the surrounding grounds.

It's too bad the other buildings on the campus couldn't be saved.

This might be able to help bridge the Keystone Innovation District with Mount Prospect and Beacon Hill (maybe literally, if the city were to restore Tracy Ave with a bridge over the the train tracks.

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I wish this building had survived. Would've been beautiful restored.

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