City Unveils Plan To Demolish Dangerous Properties

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
City Manager Troy Schulte and Mayor Sly James released the City’s proposed 2016-2017 budget on Thursday, Feb. 11, on 23rd and Chestnut.
The proposed budget includes a very aggressive plan that puts $10 million in the demolition of dangerous buildings and address the City’s blighted areas. The plan, according to the City Manager, will have the properties demolished in about 18 months.
“The Fiscal Year 2016-17 Submitted budget reflects months of joint analysis and data-driven planning,” Schulte said. “We are pleased to announce that Kansas City’s revenue is the strongest it’s been in a decade, and we are leveraging that momentum to help revitalize Kansas City’s neighborhoods,” he said.
Schulte said that the properties are for sale for $1 dollar. And the City, once the property is rehabed and occupied, will reimburse the new owner $8,500, which would have been the cost of the demolition.
“Neighbors that we talk to on the east side all say that they would rather have an occupied property rather than a vacant lot. So, our number one goal is to rehab properties rather than tear them down. But, if we don’t have a choice, we will tear the building down,” he said.
Schulte also said that  the City will go after property owners with due diligence and recommended that if a person or business owns a property that needs to be torn down, that they do it before the City does.
“If we have to tear the building down then we are going to add additional costs and fees that may bring the cost uo to about $15,000. So, the owner may want to go ahead and get it done themselves,” Shulte said.
Mayor James thanked Schulte for his hard work in putting the plan together and praised his efforts and hard work in putting the budget together.
He also stated that the plan requires the passing of the earnings tax to be complete.



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Black History Month Pioneering Black Fashion Designers Included Kansas City Entrepreneur

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By Tracy Allen
CALL Staff Writer

They are a rarity in history but still, they became the lifeblood of many African Americans seeking high fashion and an elegant lifestyle.
African American fashion comes in many shapes, many colors and of course, many designs. But one thing that always stands out, it roots come from  days prior to arriving into colonial America.
African fashion takes many twists and of course, the African culture always seemed to showcase its way into black fashion. Even during slavery,  blacks in servitude continued to carry their African traditions in their dress when not working the fields. Through the centuries, African Americans still follow some of those pre-slavery traditions, often allowing head wear and clothing to showcase African pride regardless of the time of year or the celebration that follows.
Black fashion has always been a statement of the times. In early Harlem, it was the well-dressed, the high class that made their way through New York streets showing their latest suit apparel. In the ‘60s, it was the Black Pride Movement which resulted in bell bottom pants, dashikis or head gear covering up large Afros.
In the ‘70s, with the blaxploitation movement in full swing, it created a whole new look with those always colorful leisure suits and platform shoes, making it  hard to imagine that black America was finding its own style and own way of stating its own identity and who not to  conform.
In the ‘80s and ‘90s, with the surge  of the Hip Hop movement, baggy stylish jeans to bright color high tops costing  almost as much as a week’s worth of groceries to daisy dukes and short midriffs lined urban communities nationwide.



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Urban Neighborhood Initiative To Open KCNA School Soon

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Plans are underway  and moving right along in the efforts by The Urban Neighborhood Initiative to open its first elementary school in what appears to be Wendell Phillips school.
The final steps are underway to open the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy which will be a Charter school under the direction of Kansas City Public Schools.
The concept of the school comes under the Big Five strategy, introduced several years ago by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, which includes “Building Kansas City’s workforce of tomorrow through the kindergarten-readiness and revitalizing urban neighborhoods through the Urban Neighborhood Initiative. The concepts were well received by those in the targeted boundaries areas.
Ms. Dianne Cleaver  serves as executive director and has worked throughout the community to put together a school that will, hopefully, attract people back into the urban core and spark development in the area.
There are many misconceptions about the project when it comes to the educational portion.




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