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Seg. 1: Kansas City's Downtown Building Boom. Seg. 2: Federal Workers Still Feel Shutdown Effects.

Burns & McDonnell
Copaken Brooks
REVERB, a fourteen-story apartment complex will be a new addition to Kansas City's Crossroads skyline.

Segment 1: Commercial real estate projects are surging throughout the metro.

Major developments popping up in the Plaza, Crossroads, and downtown may not be changing the skyline (yet), but they are making Kansas City "taller." Today, the city's foremost reporter on downtown development shared details on new and in-the-works office buildings, apartments, and hotels, and discussed how "downtown is becoming a more dense and vibrant place."

Segment 2, beginning at 27:24: Government employees are back to work, but the shutdown's impact lingers.

While the partial government shutdown has ended, many federal workers still struggle to get life back on track. Today, we talked to three organizations that provide support to federal employees in Kansas City, many of whom live paycheck-to-paycheck, and learned how they're helping those facing financial insecurity due to the shutdown.

Individuals affected by the federal government shutdown can get food assistance at the following locations and times:

  • 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 at IBEW Local Union 304, 3906 NW 16th St., Topeka, Kansas 66618
  • 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 at Heartland Community Church, 12175 S. Strangline Road, Olathe, Kansas 66062
  • 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at Harvesters, 3801 Topping Ave., Kansas City, Missouri 64129

For more information, visit Harvesters.org or call 877-353-6639.

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 culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.