New street lights, sidewalks, trees, planters and bus shelters have been installed along Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard in midtown Kansas City.
The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department’s $3.3 million project, between Rockhill Road on the west and the Paseo on the east, spans Troost Avenue, the city’s onetime racial dividing line.
For the ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 16, orange ribbons were placed on 23 of the new pedestrian light poles to represent cultural diversity, racial harmony and civility.
The road’s namesake, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, was among those attending.
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The event program included this quote from him: “God did not burden Kansas City with a diversity of backgrounds, ideas and religions, he blessed our City with them.”