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Seg. 1: Loving Your City. Seg. 2: Stories From Growing Up In Western Kansas.

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Community development expert Peter Kageyama recently spoke at a planning event for Overland Park, Kansas.

Segment 1: How and why people fall in love with places.

There are all kinds of love affairs, including the ones we have with the cities where we live. While there isn't a perfect recipe, there are certain ingredients that endear people to the places they call home, including "walkability," rituals and traditions, and being able to share the space with other people who are enthusiastic about building a life there.

Segment 2, beginning at 22:07: Reflections on a childhood spent in the wilds of western Kansas.

With Dodge City, Kansas, as the backdrop for his early years and, consequently, his latest collection of essays, one writer found there is no shortage of rough-and-tumble characters and encounters on the high plains.

Rebein will discuss, 'Headlights on the Prairie,' at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21. Visit KCLibrary.org for more information.

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.