City of Tomorrow: Kansas City’s Postwar Urban Renewal

Featuring before-and-after photographs, maps, and other documents, this new exhibit examines the origin and implementation of urban renewal in Kansas City and its long-term, segregative effects.
Dates: 
Saturday, September 10, 2016
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Efforts in Kansas City to combat blight and “renew” the city through redevelopment took off after World War II. But visionary ideas came at the expense of established neighborhoods, architectural landmarks, and sense of community.

Featuring before-and-after photographs, maps, and other documents, this new exhibit examines the origin and implementation of urban renewal and its long-term, segregative effects on the city. Officials and developers tried to create a “city of tomorrow.” Their decisions remain a part of our lives today.

The exhibit, researched and curated by Michael Wells of the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections, is on display on the fifth floor of the Central Library.