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Seg. 1: Living 'Unafraid.' Seg. 2: Kansas City Council Perspectives On Issues East Of Troost.

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
"There are folks who are working extremely hard trying to get the entire community involved in what is one of the staples of our city," 5th District Councilman Lee Barnes says of concerns about the viability of 18th & Vine as an entertainment district.

Segment 1: In the face of uncertainty, fear is not your friend.

The leader of the largest United Methodist congregation in the country says Americans live in fear. Fear of crime and terrorism. Fear of losing our jobs or having enough money to retire. Fear of missing out on all the fun stuff everybody else seems to be doing on Facebook. We spoke to the minister about when fear reaches unhealthy proportions, and what to do about it.

Segment 2, starting at 18:04: As developments east of Troost Avenue surge, high crime, a struggling entertainment district and gentrification remain a concern.

For a strip of land barely two miles wide, Kansas City from Troost to State Line Road gets a lot of attention. For this conversation we shifted the focus east to talk about the trends, developments and policies on the other side of Troost that are top-of-mind for city council members. The list includes encouraging property developments, troubling crime stats and everyday complaints like trash pickup.

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.