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Ferguson, Missouri, Mayor | KC Streetcar Extension Funding | Ordinary, Resilient & Disabled

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Kevin Collison
Kansas City's current streetcar route stretches from River Market to Union Station, with 16 stops along the line.

The new mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, says she'll take an active role in community dialogue and reform, Kansas City receives a $50.8 million federal grant to help expand streetcar service south, and Rebekah Taussig's memoir examines disabilities in pop culture and her experience living in a wheelchair.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:07: In June, Ferguson elected the first Black mayor in its 126-year history.

Following the 2014 killing of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed, Ferguson became ground zero for protests over police violence. Six year later, the city has its first Black and female mayor, who says she'll work to make her office accessible and active in community dialogue.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:17: Kansas City's streetcar project has been awarded federal funding for an extension officials say could be complete by 2025.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday a grant of $50.8 million, which will allow the streetcar project team to advance final design and begin construction. The Streetcar Authority says it expects the gift is only the first chunk of federal funding heading Kansas City’s way.

Segment 3, beginning at 40:00: In her new memoir, a Kansas City writer recounts growing up with a disability.

Rebekah Taussig's new memoir delivers poignant and entertaining anecdotes, highlighting her experience living in a wheelchair. She has made a habit of challenging pop culture depictions of disabilities, and often uses an able-bodied perspective to draw readers in.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.