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.
By Randy Mason
First we saw Roxy Paine at work in January at his snowy upstate New York studio, building the “dendroid” that would soon be coming to Kansas City. Two weeks ago, we watched as the installation team poured themselves into the task of planting it on the Nelson Atkins Museum’s front lawn.
This morning, “Ferment” officially took root in a celebration that started inside the museum, where one of the artist’s’ SCUMAKs has been installed, and then moved outdoors. A silver ribbon encircling Roxy’s amazing
56 foot tall sculpture was then ceremoniously cut with, what else, garden shears?
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THIS WEEK: Friday, April 29th 2011 @ 7:30 pm
(Rebroadcast Sunday @ 11:00 am)
UNION STATION SAYS NO TO OPRAH: Why Union Station this weeks puts your interests above fame and celebrity.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Out with the old and in with the new! You may have voted more than a month ago, but it becomes official on Sunday. Mark Funkhouser gives up his title as Mayor and Sly James takes over his new job.
CONVENTION HOTEL: After months on the backburner, building a new 1,000 room convention hotel downtown is front page news. It’s a new plan and there’s a new mayor. Is this a project that’s about to become a reality?
THE PLAZA REFERENDUM: Outraged that the KCMO City Council votes to OK the controversial Plaza office tower plan, opponents start a petition drive in hopes of nixing the project at the ballot box.
SHAKESPEARE FEST: After 18 years, is it the end of the line for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival?
TERM LIMITS: Missouri lawmakers overturned your vote on Proposition B, the so called puppy mill law. Why are they now wanting to overturn your vote on term limits?
Lynn Horsley, Kansas City Star
DeAnn Smith, Freelance Reporter
Chris Hernandez, NBC Action News
Dave Helling, Kansas City Star
TOPIC 1: MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!
Mayor-elect James has named a Mayor pro-tem and appointed committee chairs and members. Let’s discuss the importance of these appointments, especially the chairmanships.
TOPIC 2: GIVE ME FIVE.
The Greater Kansas City area Chamber of Commerce is attempting to elicit from the community five achievable goals that will promote Kansas City as a region. Chamber President Jim Heeter says his main goal is to bring Kansas City together as a region.
TOPIC 3: CALL THE AMBULANCE…EARLY.
It’s been a year since the Kansas City, Missouri, Council mandated that fire department ambulances would arrive at the scene of life-threatening emergencies within nine minutes or less, ninety percent of the time.
That goal has not yet been achieved in any month. Fire Chief Smokey Dyer says it’s impossible under current conditions.
TOPIC 4: LOST OUR WAY?
A New York Times/CBS News poll reports seventy percent of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. The poll also shows unfavorable opinions about the president and the congress. There is support for raising taxes on the wealthy, but also for reducing the size of government.