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Leaders Vow Push to Improve KC Jazz District

Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:53 AM by The Associated Press

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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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