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Remembering Carol Coe | Revising Tax Abatement | A People's History Podcast

Carlos Moreno/KCUR 89.3
Future development projects in Kansas City, Missouri, may not get tax abatements as large or for as long as those currently granted if proposed amendments are approved by the city council.

The life and legacy of a former Kansas City councilwoman and activist, a Kansas City councilwoman looks to change how the city awards tax incentives and a preview of the second season of KCUR's podcast, "A People's History of Kansas City."

Segment 1, beginning at 00:31: Carol Coe, known as a "fierce warrior" and for speaking truth to power, died February 14, 2021 at the age of 74.

Besides being an attorney, Coe served on the city council of Kansas City, Missouri, established the Green Acres urban farming project and was active in Freedom, Inc. A longtime icon for Black women, the city council honored Carol Coe in October 2020 by naming a bridge in the Third District, which she represented, after her.

  • Eric Wesson, managing editor of The Call

Segment 2, beginning at 8:07: Councilwoman Melissa Robinson wants to see smaller and shorter tax abatements available for development projects so that more money goes to public services like schools, libraries and mental health.

Currently there are a number of agencies in Kansas City, Missouri, that can offer developers tax abatements or incentives. If Robinson's ordinance passes, the amounts and the length of the abatement would be reduced.

  • Melissa Robinson, Kansas City, Missouri, council member representing the Third District.

Segment 3, beginning at 38:35: The popular podcast that tells little-known stories about Kansas City and surrounding areas is back for a second season.

The series focuses on the everyday heroes and visionaries who shaped Kansas City. Last year, People's History of Kansas City told the story of an endangered German dialect being kept alive in rural Missouri and how a seemingly psychic dog lifted people’s spirits during the Great Depression. This year's stories include how Kansas City was nearly names Possum Trot and how before Arthur Bryant or Ollie Gates came on the barbecue scene, there was Henry Perry.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and A People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.
Zach Wilson is the associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.