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What Can Be Done With The City’s Growing Dangerous Building Problem?

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
KCPT 19 recently aired a controversial documentary, “Our Divided City”  by documentary filmmaker Michael Price which explored blight, race and crime in the urban core which seems to have become second nature.
The documentary was followed by a panel discussion, “Raising Awareness: Crime And Our City” in which panelists and members of the audience attempted to address the issues and offered ideas which could move toward solutions.
The documentary was in the works in 2015 as the City’s murder rate began to increase from a low in 2014 of 81 while 2015 concluded the year with 109 homicides.
Price painted a very vivid picture of  blight and what seems to be the difference in mind set in the area of blight and development east of Troost verses west of Troost as the overwhelming number of dangerous and abandoned building are heavily concentrated east of Troost and many of those properties are owned by the City of Kansas City.

 

 

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Black History Month A Secret Comes To Life: Local Historian Discovers Unknown About Relative

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By Tracy Allen
CALL Staff Writer

‘Little White Lie’ Pushes Historian To Find The Truth

By Tracy Allen
CALL Staff Writer

For five generations local historian David W. Jackson’s family has identified themselves as Caucasian. But Jackson knew there was more to it than either his parents or grandparents or other relatives wanted to admit.
An entire century had gone by and as far as the Jackson family was concerned, there was no need to research an unknown that some felt wasn’t there.
But as an inquisitive 11-year-old living in Florida with his mother at the time, Jackson always was interested in genealogy and that included finding out his own roots as a Caucasian pre-teen. Of course, the family secret that no one wanted to talk about, or admit, was something that Jackson felt he had to uncover.

 

 

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