Leaders Vow Push to Improve KC Jazz District

4 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, November 30 2013 Nov 30, 2013 Saturday, November 30, 2013 10:53:36 AM CST November 30, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Elected and business leaders are vowing to no longer let Kansas City's historic 18th and Vine jazz district limp along.

Before falling into disrepair, the area east of downtown became world famous for the hard-swinging, bluesy jazz style played in its club. But while tens of millions were spent to build new housing and homes for the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball museum, restaurants and retailers struggle to thrive there.

The Kansas City Star reports that Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is newly re-engaged in district affairs and is suggesting new projects, such as a jazz walk of fame. Private investors, led by barbecue baron Ollie Gates, are now taking a serious look at bringing in more than 100 additional housing units as well as developing commercial space.

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