A roof over our head. We all need one, but we don’t all want or need the same kind. The recent economic downturn, changing demographics and simple lifestyle choices have created a new market demand for housing in the region – from Olathe to Omaha, Nebraska, Imagine KC takes you into communities that are offering more options for seniors, transforming foreclosed homes, and creating new models of housing.
…on the next Imagine KC.
February 2 at 7:30pm
Kirk McClure, KU Professor
Michael Snodgrass, Builders Development Corporation
Kelley Hrabe, Netgivers
Susan, Assistant City Manager, Olathe
Imagine KC is a co-production between KCPT and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).
Imagine KC brings the regional community together for an in-depth look at new strategies for regional growth and development. Visualization techniques, expert opinions and interactive tools will explore possible scenarios for the region’s future and look at work and initiatives currently underway which demonstrate sustainable community development principles.
Watch Saturday, April 21, 2012 beginning at 4pm on KCPT2.
Increasingly the region’s residents are looking for better access to fresh, local food, and showing an interest in producing and selling food closer to home. This is a result of a growing awareness of the health, environmental and economic benefits of buildSing a sustainable local food system.
Many local governments also recognize these sustainable benefits and are responding with a range of actions and planning activities. Examples include innovative land-use ordinances that support urban and rural agricultural practices, new resources for community gardening, incentives for retail businesses that sell healthy food, and opportunities for local producers to sell in markets and other local outlets.
This episode will take you to the Ivanhoe neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., where residents are not only growing community gardens and urban orchards but also operating food stands to sell their products in what is recognized as a food desert. You’ll see how a Juniper Gardens project in Kansas City, Kan., is helping refugees use farming techniques to develop viable business plans while improving access to fresh, healthy food in the urban core. And you’ll visit one of more than 100 local schoolyard gardens where school children are becoming more connected to fresh, healthy food, and learning where food comes from and why that matters.
The August 18 episode of Imagine KC will look at strategies to connect our region’s most vibrant places along key arterial streets and corridors. A regional corridor strategy is in the works that will increase transportation choices to allow residents, workers and shoppers to more easily travel around the region by foot, bike and transit. Stories in this episode will look at plans and work underway to connect priority corridors to form the backbone of a regional system and how some of our region’s most valued places will benefit from improvements and revitalization along these routes.
It might be hard for some to “imagine” what all these changes will look like in local communities, so for this episode we traveled to another region for an up-close look at how implementing similar corridor strategies actually transformed communities into more vibrant places. Viewers will also get a guided “tour” of the six corridors in the Kansas City region that will soon experience their own transformations.
This episode of Imagine KC will feature the region’s new Creating Sustainable Places” initiative. We’ll hear from HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims, who sat down with us for a short interview following his March 24 announcement of the grant, to discuss what this opportunity means from a national perspective. Co-chairs Jan Marcason, City Council, Kansas City, MO, and Curt Skoog, City Council, Overland Park, KS, will talk about how the project will unfold and who’s involved. Local planning and sustainability experts will describe how focusing on strategies to develop sustainable corridors and activity centers, and advance new conservation efforts will result in a region that is more vibrant, connected and green.
This second episode will focus on the third C, Conservation, as we talk about energy efficiency and conservation in our built environment — the homes we live in, the buildings where we work, the schools we attend, even our city and county facilities.
By making our built environment more energy efficient and conserving energy, we save money, protect natural resources and create more attractive and comfortable places to live, work, learn and recreate. This episode will take a look at work that’s leading the way toward a more sustainable energy future for our region. We’ll explore the benefits of LEED-certified building practices in the public and private sectors, community weatherization initiatives to help residents save energy and money, and we’ll learn about new and exciting energy technologies designed to improve our homes and public services.
This episode will look at the successes of the Johnson County Sunset Buildings in Olathe; Posty Cards Plant in KCMO; JE Dunn Headquarters in downtown KCMO; and Project Living Proof .
The November 17 episode of Imagine KC will feature members of the region’s Creating Sustainable Places coordinating committee in a roundtable discussion about how sustainable development practices help to create a healthier, more efficient local economy. The conversation will provide concrete examples of how planning for the region’s future by focusing on vibrant centers, connected corridors and natural resources conservation will benefit the economy by:
Saving money on local government infrastructure costs and household energy costs
Providing greater access to jobs, housing, services, education and workforce development opportunities
Sparking reinvestment along corridors and in historic centers to support retail and business opportunities that provide jobs and greater access to services
Promoting more efficient use of greenspace and valuable natural resources
Spurring innovation that expands the workforce development system and connects isolated communities to jobs in high-growth sectors
Roundtable participants will also share unique perspectives and experiences related to the critical role that sustainable development plays in the future of our region’s economic health.
The October 13 episode of Imagine KC will focus on natural resource conservation in the built environment. The show will demonstrate why planning for what we don’t build matters just as much as planning for what we do build. Stories will look at how preserving the natural environment improves quality of life, reshapes our built environment and creates a more sustainable region by providing benefits to those who live downstream.
This episode also highlights communities that are mixing “green” with “grey” infrastructure to address a number of problems. They are making strategic landscape investments to minimize flooding and water pollution, provide healthy recreation options, protect wildlife habitats and beautify neighborhoods.
We’ll also see how residential and commercial properties are incorporating sustainable features such as rain gardens and green roofs and other green solutions, to bring the built environment and the natural environment closer together.
The 11th episode of the “Imagine KC” television series examines lifestyle changes area residents are making to lower their impact on the environment. Segments will look at efforts to reduce the amount of waste going into the region’s landfills, biking as a way to reduce one’s impact on air quality and the environment, and how one Kansas City, Kan., organization is working to enable more active lifestyles for children in the inner city neighborhoods of Rosedale and Argentine.