Artists look to tackle neighborhood blight, one vacant lot at a time

A group of artists is looking to turn two of the 500 empty lots in Kansas City’s Ivanhoe neighborhood into community gathering places. The artists, in partnership with the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center, hope their initiative, called Lots of Love, will spread throughout the city. Thanks to a similar effort, a lot already has been transformed in the Marlborough neighborhood.

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The Other Side: John O’Brien hammers out a new vision

After closing his popular and prestigious Dolphin gallery in the West Bottoms, John O’Brien bought and remodeled two industrial buildings in Independence, now headquarters of his Hammer Out Design business. O’Brien is collecting and experimenting with a variety of things — textiles, furniture and rugs — as well as doing fabrication.

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