Let’s hope Kansas City is picked for a federal neighborhood transformation grant to improve a long-neglected part of town.
City officials this week were hosts to a team from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Kansas City Star reports. They have been in town to determine whether Kansas City should get up to $30 million in Choice Neighborhoods grant money.
The group toured the proposed Paseo Gateway district in the Northeast area, which runs from Interstate 29/35 to Chestnut Trafficway and from Cliff Drive to Ninth Street.
Kansas City was one of nine finalists of more than 30 cities that applied for the grants. The other finalists are Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Camden, N.J.; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee; Renton, Wash.; and Sacramento, Calif.
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If decades of neglect, isolation and deterioration help qualify an area for grant money, Kansas City should be a shoo-in for being selected.
In Kansas City the money would help to improve the area around Chouteau Courts public housing off of Independence Avenue.