Gallery: Kansas City Design Week Delivers Thought-Provoking Events

 
The West Bottoms, an early trading post between French trappers and Kansas Indians, and later a railroad hub for the stockyards, held over 90 percent of Kansas City's value before its economic collapse - largely due to the floods of 1903 and 1951, and the end of WWII. However, the area has recently been going through somewhat of a renaissance. With help of the PIEA (Planned Industrial Expansion Authority) through generous tax breaks for private investors, brownfield funds to clean up environmental problems, federal grants for a new sewer system, and studies by urban design experts and students, the area has begun to attract businesses (like Good Ju Ju and Re-Runs) and artistic tenants, helping to revive and reestablish the historic West Bottoms district of Kansas City.

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