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Seg. 1: Redeveloping 31st And Troost Without Gentrifying. Seg. 2: How "Babies Made Us Modern."

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Audrey Navarro, of Clemons Real Estate, has led her company's revitalization efforts on the Troost corridor between 31st Street and Linwood Avenue. The neighborhood, once known as Millionaire's Row, has lately been dubbed 'Legacy Crossing.'

Segment 1: Will redevelopment on a single block of Troost be the bellweather for how the city revitalizes other neighborhoods?

Clemons Real Estate has now taken the lead in redeveloping several properties on and around the 3100 block of Troost, but can they do it without pricing out the people who live nearby? It's a tough question with no clear answer, but one our panel agrees is paramount to consider. They discussed possible solutions to the gentrification problem, and suggested ways in which progress can be made without excluding the most vulnerable residents among us.

Segment 2, beginning at 27:20: The modern era was propelled by a quest to keep babies alive, well-fed and happy.

Yes, babies are cuddly and curious and clever and just the cutest, but could they really have been what pushed American society into the modern world? Today we dived into a historical theory that says the popular acceptance of things like scientific medicine, psychological development, and government advice is thanks largely to tiny humans who can't even talk yet.

Janet Golden will discuss her book 'Babies Made Us Modern: How Infants Brought America into the 20th Century,' 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. For more information, visit KCLibrary.org.

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