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Kansas City Area Development In 2011

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in September 2011.
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in September 2011.

Whether it's the opening of a beacon of the performing arts, a shopping mall revived from near death, a business fleeing one side of the state for the other, or a law firm's attempt to build a new office structure on the Country Club Plaza, it's been a busy year in development across the Kansas City region.

Monday on Up to Date, Kansas City Star development reporter Kevin Collison shares some of the larger stories from 2011, including the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and what it may do for its surrounding area, the revival of Mission's Gateway shopping complex,  AMC Theatres' fleeing to the Kansas side of State Line Road, and PolsinelliShughart's switch from a controversial new building on the Plaza to a re-invented West Edge office tower.

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org.