Happy Sunday! You might notice a group of women on bicycles trailing through Kansas City’s east side today.
They are part of Sisters That Are Riding Strong, an all-female cycling club that encourages women to ride east of Troost Avenue. 
"Make it something normal for our children to see," says Denesha Snell, co-founder of the club. "Because if our kids see (us riding east of Troost) and their moms are doing it, they know this is something they could do on a regular basis and it’s OK to maybe ridge my bike halfway and catch the bus the rest of the way."
Find out more about the cycling effort in this KCUR report by Elle Moxley.
 

Happy Sunday! You might notice a group of women on bicycles trailing through Kansas City’s east side today.

They are part of Sisters That Are Riding Strong, an all-female cycling club that encourages women to ride east of Troost Avenue. 

"Make it something normal for our children to see," says Denesha Snell, co-founder of the club. "Because if our kids see (us riding east of Troost) and their moms are doing it, they know this is something they could do on a regular basis and it’s OK to maybe ridge my bike halfway and catch the bus the rest of the way."

Find out more about the cycling effort in this KCUR report by Elle Moxley.

 

Mo Dickens in Kansas City shares a photo of the “Pakistani Cargo Truck” with us:
“Asheer Akram Metalworks created Kansas City’s Awesome Pakistani Cargo Truck. The truck, which has appeared at events at the Nelson-Atkins, the Nerman, and the Kemper Museums, has traveled as far away as Jefferson City, MO, to entertain and enlighten school children. Invites to the truck have been extended from as far away as Canada and Washington, DC. Asheer Akram Metalworks can be found at 2011 Tracy Avenue, two blocks east of Troost.

Mo Dickens in Kansas City shares a photo of the “Pakistani Cargo Truck” with us:

Asheer Akram Metalworks created Kansas City’s Awesome Pakistani Cargo Truck. The truck, which has appeared at events at the Nelson-Atkins, the Nerman, and the Kemper Museums, has traveled as far away as Jefferson City, MO, to entertain and enlighten school children. Invites to the truck have been extended from as far away as Canada and Washington, DC. Asheer Akram Metalworks can be found at 2011 Tracy Avenue, two blocks east of Troost.

For the past few years, the Blue Hills neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., has been trying to change its reputation.

Located between Prospect Avenue and Paseo Boulevard, and from 47th to 63rd streets, the neighborhood used to be known for being filled with blighted homes.

But watch the transformation of the neighborhood’s real estate scene in these before-and-after photos.

What is it like to live in Walt Disney’s childhood home?

We asked Roberta Long, who lives in Disney’s old house at 3028 Bellefontaine Ave. in Kansas City’s east side. Disney moved there with his family in 1910 as a 9-year-old.

She says the house receives a slew of visitors and gawkers every summer. People drive by wanting a look at one of Kansas City’s only remaining ties to the animation legend.

"This is just a normal house," Long told us, as she showed us various pieces of Mickey Mouse and Disney memorabilia that she and her family have collected over the years. "I happened to grow up watching Disney movies in it."

Read more about our visit to the Disney house in this KCUR report.

This building at 31st Street and Forest in Kansas City may not look that awesome, but it’s an important part of the early history of Walt Disney’s animation career.

In the early 1920s, Disney fed a tame mouse he’d named Mortimer at his desk in Laugh-O-Gram Studio. This mouse later became the model for a character known as Mickey Mouse.

Attempts are now in the works to revitalize the studio, pictured here looking west onto Troost Avenue.

The remodel could play a key role in helping to erase the Troost corridor as a socioeconomic dividing line in Kansas City, a project coordinator tells reporter Laura Spencer in this KCUR report.

Terry Glenn re-stocks shelves at the Harvest Learning Center Market, at 3400 Woodland Ave. in Kansas City. The store is in the basement of the church, where Glenn is a pastor.

The small shop, made up of two aisles and a couple of walk-in freezers, is filled with fresh produce and meats and cheeses.

The center is not just a store to Glenn and his customers — it’s part of a campaign to rebuild the Ivanhoe Neighborhood, Jeremy Bernfeld writes in this KCUR report.

The Show Stoppers Drill Team helped kick festivities off this weekend at the Troost Avenue Festival.

The annual festival celebrated 10 years on Saturday. Flip through for some photos from the parade and block party-like event, which featured crafts, music and food.

Photos taken by Laura Ziegler, KCUR reporter.

Leon M. Jordan Memorial Park sits at Benton Boulevard and 31st Street. Dedicated in 1975, the park honors Jordan, a Kansas City police officer, politician and civil rights leader.

Jordan co-founded Freedom Inc., which helped develop black candidates for public office, in 1962.

In 1970, Jordan, who had been elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, was shot at the Green Duck tavern, which he owned.

Four years ago, Kansas City police reopened the cold case and found new evidence that Jordan’s death was "an unsanctioned mob hit."

Photos taken by Alyson Raletz, KCUR social media producer.

Happy Friday! Planning on fishing this weekend?
KCUR Reporter Laura Spencer shares with us this photo of Troost Lake, located at East 29th Street and the Paseo.
Spencer warns, “I’d watch out for the flock of pretty aggressive geese — but there were also folks sitting on park benches and at tables enjoying the nice afternoon.”
The lake spans nearly 4 acres. 

Happy Friday! Planning on fishing this weekend?

KCUR Reporter Laura Spencer shares with us this photo of Troost Lake, located at East 29th Street and the Paseo.

Spencer warns, “I’d watch out for the flock of pretty aggressive geese — but there were also folks sitting on park benches and at tables enjoying the nice afternoon.”

The lake spans nearly 4 acres