NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Central Standard

Transforming Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe is a neighborhood on Kansas City’s east side with a rich history. Though recent decades have brought on hard times, the community, led by spokeswoman Margaret May, has rallied to restore its former glory. Some residents are frustrated by vacant houses on their blocks, while others love the new farmer’s market and point–with a sigh of relief—to reduced crime rates.

On Thursday’s Central Standard, we learned more about Ivanhoe, Margaret May and the neighborhood’s recent transformation. Plus, hear from one Ivanhoe woman who’s been dutifully picking up trash in her neighborhood for decades.


  • Margaret May, leader of Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
  • Ida Dockery, longtime Ivanhoe resident
Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.