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Truman's Housing Act Had Lasting Impacts On Kansas City

The American Housing Act of 1949 reshaped Kansas City in enduring ways, but was it for the best? Local historian Michael Wells, who works in the library's special collections department, examines how the law changed the metro's infrastructure and how its effects are felt today.

Michael Wells is hosting 'City of Tomorrow: Kansas City's Postwar Urban Renewal' at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. For more information visit KCLibrary.org.

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.