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Central Standard

Seg. 1: Opportunity Zones | Seg. 2: Post Office Art

Segment 1: Could opportunity zones change the landscape of investment in Kansas City?

As part of the bipartisan 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, opportunity zones encouraging private investment in distressed areas have been identified in every state. We get an explainer on how it works, along with on-the-ground insights into how the five opportunity zones in Kansas City, Missouri might stand to benefit. 

  • Bruce Katz, director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab, Drexel University
  • Emmet Pierson, president, Community Builders

Segment 2: How New Deal artists brought lasting beauty -- and propaganda -- to Kansas post offices.

Between 1934 and 1943, the U.S. Treasury Department commissioned more 1,600 public art projects for newly constructed post office buildings across the United States. Twenty six of those projects are in Kansas. The little-known story is being told in a new documentary.

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.
Anne Kniggendorf writes about arts and culture for KCUR. Follow her on Twitter, @annekniggendorf.