‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Gravois Park has an unlikely advocate for inclusive development in a 12-year-old girl who wants to see the vacant buildings and lots on her block be transformed into safe, liveable places. Deyon Ryan’s passion for the issue is partly influenced by her father DeAndre Brown, who has been vocal on the issue. Ryan wrote about … More ‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Reflects Demographic Shifts In Kansas City, Kansas

The next U.S. census will happen in 2020, and it promises to reveal shifting demographics and changing communities. One neighborhood to watch is Strawberry Hill, a vibrant Kansas City, Kansas community that has long been home to immigrants from around the globe. Strawberry Hill is just south of downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Early residents hailed … More Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Reflects Demographic Shifts In Kansas City, Kansas

A Vestige Of NE Portland Is Gone: Albina Community Bank

When Stephen Green joined the staff at Albina Community Bank, there was no mistaking that the bank was steeped in the community. “I was in for Albina when I heard the question in the interview, ‘Where do you volunteer in Northeast Portland?’” Green said. “That said thousands of words about the organization.” Green is an entrepreneur and … More A Vestige Of NE Portland Is Gone: Albina Community Bank

What’s In A Name? Portland Neighborhood Questions Historic High School Name

Thomas Jefferson High School, or ‘Jeff’ as alumni and locals fondly call it, is a historic pillar of North Portland. Its first graduating class was in 1912, and the school has the largest populations of African-American high school students in the state. But some people are questioning whether the founding father is an appropriate representative for … More What’s In A Name? Portland Neighborhood Questions Historic High School Name

‘Devastating’ School Closure Proposal Ignites Concerns In Hartford

Antonio Cruz is the father of a 9-year-old at Hartford’s Batchelder Elementary, one of the city neighborhood schools that the superintendent has proposed shutting down this summer. “I work for you every single day and I’m proud to do it,” Cruz, a school bus driver, told the Hartford school board at a public hearing this … More ‘Devastating’ School Closure Proposal Ignites Concerns In Hartford