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

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Kevin Collison
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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.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.
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Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.