Fresh Coast Capital co-founder April Mendez (center, facing camera) discussed with urban core resident Leaven Fountain (right) on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, the possibility of turning the vacant lot, pictured in the background, at 18th Street at Cypress Avenue in Kansas City into a tree-filled landscape. Behind Mendez and Fountain are Land Bank Executive Director Ted Anderson (right), who is teaming with Mendez to try to plant trees in vacant neglected lots, and Kimiko Gilmore, Assistant City Manager for Kansas City.
Fresh Coast Capital co-founder April Mendez (center, facing camera) discussed with urban core resident Leaven Fountain (right) on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, the possibility of turning the vacant lot, pictured in the background, at 18th Street at Cypress Avenue in Kansas City into a tree-filled landscape. Behind Mendez and Fountain are Land Bank Executive Director Ted Anderson (right), who is teaming with Mendez to try to plant trees in vacant neglected lots, and Kimiko Gilmore, Assistant City Manager for Kansas City. ALLISON LONG along@kcstar.com
Fresh Coast Capital co-founder April Mendez (center, facing camera) discussed with urban core resident Leaven Fountain (right) on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, the possibility of turning the vacant lot, pictured in the background, at 18th Street at Cypress Avenue in Kansas City into a tree-filled landscape. Behind Mendez and Fountain are Land Bank Executive Director Ted Anderson (right), who is teaming with Mendez to try to plant trees in vacant neglected lots, and Kimiko Gilmore, Assistant City Manager for Kansas City. ALLISON LONG along@kcstar.com

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