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Seg. 1: Developing Kansas City Without Gentrification. Seg. 2: Our Century of Immigration.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Daniel and Ebony Edwards have recently received a commitment letter from a bank willing to finance the building of 50 homes on the 2500 blocks of Michigan and Woodland Avenues. Their ultimate goal is to build 1,000 new homes in the neighborhood.

Segment 1: One Kansas City couple looks to turn empty lots near the Jazz District into a thriving community.

Husband and wife team Daniel and Ebony Edwards have committed themselves to rebuilding one oft-overlooked neighborhood on Kansas City's east side. To do it, they founded Movement KC, through which they're working to revive parts of the Wendell Phillips area. Today, they shared their approach to redevelopment without gentrification. 

Segment 2, beginning at 20:45: American immigration from 1829-1924 and now. 

The way Americans think about and address immigration has changed significantly over the years. Despite a modern trend toward more prohibitive regulations, laws restricting entry, work permissions and citizenship used to be basically nonexistent. We learned how that shift happened, and how immigrants have helped create the fabric of the country throughout its history.

Sandra Enriquez will lead a discussion about America's century of immigration at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. The event launches a six-week series of film screenings and discussions on the topic. For more information, visit KCLibrary.org.

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.