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Seg. 1: Building Unaffordable Cities | Seg. 2: Vocalist Luciana Souza

Segment 1: "Our infrastructure isn't an asset, it's a liability," said architect Dennis Strait.

In recent years many cities, including our own, have become seemingly unaffordable, not just for the people responsible for running and operating them, but for those who live and work in them as well. So what can be done to make Kansas City a more budget-friendly place?

Segment 2, beginning at 27:46: How one musician mixes ancient art forms to create a stunning jazz repertoire.

"The Book of Longing," Luciana Souza's latest album, beautifully melds music with poetry from the likes of Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Leonard Cohen. Today, Souza shared how her upbringing and musical heritage influenced her journey into jazz stardom.

  • Luciana Souza, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist 

Dennis Strait will present "We've Built Cities We Can't Afford" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. Find more information at KCLibrary.com.

Luciana Souza will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. Find more information at FollyTheater.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.