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Seg. 1: Fund Aims To Restore Blighted Homes In Kansas City. Seg. 2: A Spotlight On Mark Edelman.

A one story house with a boarded up window on the left, the window on the right blocked on the interior with boxes and junk, and debris on the roof.
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The Kansas City Social Investment Pool looks to help contractors willing to rehabilitate abandoned houses with financing.

Segment 1: Legal organization teams with community development financial institution to transform abandoned residences into affordable housing.

Kansas City, Missouri, residents have long complained about derelict houses especially in the urban core.  Today, we learned about a new plan underway that has Legal Aid of Western Missouri teaming up with AltCap to form the Kansas City Social Investment Pool. This funding will enable contractors to obtain short-term financing at reasonable interest rates and allow builders to rehabilitate deserted structures into homes for low-income residents.

Segment 2, beginning at 18:57: President of Theater League Kansas City retires after 40 years.

In 1976, a vision of bringing Broadway-level theater productions to communities around the country became reality. The man behind it all, Mark Edelman, retired in May. Today, he regaled Steve Kraske with his memories of the top performers and productions he brought from The Great White Way to the Heartland. 

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.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.