Residents voice concerns for east side

Fixing the east side was main topic at a public forum in Kansas City on Saturday.

"I'm actually a resident, I live off of Paseo. Issues affecting the east side are very important to me personally," said Michael Kelley, Bikewalk KC.

People voiced their concerns about the public persona of their neighborhood.
Kansas City Councilman Scott Taylor says, "we want to create that connectivity like we see in other neighborhoods because that creates more jobs and investment." 

Saturday's input session comes after Councilman Taylor proposed a new ordinance to put more than 10 million dollars into the area. It focuses on the urban core east of Troost Avenue and the Ruskin area of South Kansas City.

Residents listed off several concerns including economic development and housing.

"The east side has been, it seems like it's been abandoned in many ways," said Kelley.

He believes this ordinance could start a bigger wave to make the east side more accommodating.
"Being able to make sure that the conversation around economic development includes discussions around ways to make it easier for people get from things like their homes to their jobs," Kelley said.

People could even submit their ideas.
Michael Byrd, who was also attending the input session says, "we have everything in our community that we need to fix our community, in particular I'm talking about renovating buildings that are vacant and we have people that are unemployed. This gives an opportunity to bring the two together." 

And say which ideas should be taken off the measure.
"In this kind of program, where you are going to dedicate ten million (dollars) to the neighborhoods, don't exclude anybody," said Mike Hughes, who was also sharing his concerns.

The revitalization ranges from creating manufacturing jobs to establishing a ten million dollar home improvement fund.
"I am really wanting this to be a community initiative that the community can support and we can move forward together," said Taylor.

If you want to participate, there will be two more sessions: Monday, September 17th from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Gregg-Klice Community Center and Monday, September 24th from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Community Center.

The ordinance is up for vote at the end of the month.

Councilman Taylor is running for Kansas City Mayor against eight other candidates.


from Local News | KSHB https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/residents-share-concerns-wants-for-east-side-development

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