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Modern Urban Design Balances Infrastructural Needs With Public Opinion

Designing and planning an urban landscape is about more than just figuring out which building goes where, and John Ruble should know. His architectural firm has taken on projects around the world that he hopes will serve their host cities for years to come.

John Ruble will examine the pressing urban design issues facing cities today at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch in a lecture sponsored by UMKC's Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14. For more information and to RSVP, visit KCLibrary.com.

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.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.