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Explore. Experience. East of Troost.

Take a fresh look at Kansas City’s central city with a two-hour tour of the neighborhoods that make up the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI), one of the Greater Kansas City Chamber’s Big 5 initiatives.

UNI’s service area includes 10 Kansas City neighborhoods and extends from 18th Street to 52nd Street and from Prospect to Troost. The event  is set for Saturday, April 22, from 12:30-3:30 check in and tour, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. reception with neighborhood leaders. The tour will begin at the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy – the new charter school that is the centerpoint of UNI’s revitalization plan – and will end in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, with a reception at the Blue Room.

“There are so many positive things happening in our neighborhoods of,” says UNI Executive Director Dianne Cleaver, “and we want people to see firsthand what UNI and our neighborhood partners are accomplishing.”

Points of interest on the tour include:
  • The Kansas City Neighborhood Academy – a charter school opened in August 2016 in partnership with Kansas City Public Schools. Located in the Wendell Phillips Neighborhood, establishment of the school is the first step in UNI’s Purpose Built Communities effort. Next steps in the Purpose Built plan include development of mixed-income housing and addition of  neighborhood health and wellness services.
  • Development at Legacy Crossing – on Troost between 31st Street and Linwood.
  • Spring Valley Park on 27th Street – a hidden gem in the heart of the city.
  • Lee Tolbert Academy – a charter school in a former synagogue at 34th Street and The Paseo.
  • Nile Aquaponics – an entrepreneurial venture bringing fresh food and fresh fish to the central city.
  • And much more!
The tour is in partnership with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. Reservations are required; the cost is $20 (discounted tickets are available). To register, visit