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Making a Visible Difference in Communities: Missouri

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Kansas City, MO/Kansas City, KS 

EPA worked with local officials and other community partners in the cities of Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, to support redevelopment plans through technical assistance resources, capacity building and training. Brownfields, land revitalization, and smart growth resources could help both cities address a priority concern: abandoned properties. 

In Kansas City, Kansas, a county-wide business and community development plan focused on:

  • improving health outcomes by improving access to healthy foods
  • walking and biking trails
  • and a range of downtown goods and services 

In Kansas City, Missouri, other priorities included:

  • developing urban agriculture
  • building climate resiliency
  • reconnecting overburdened and economically distressed communities to their waterways with support from the federal Urban Waters program.

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St. Louis, MO

Building upon assistance provided through the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, EPA Region 7 is working with St. Louis to address longstanding vacancy and blight issues. 

This work includes:

  • conducting environmental assessments at five brownfield sites identified as having high potential for reuse
  • developing an environmental health risk assessment
  • conducting geotechnical work at the former Pruitt Igoe housing complex site
  • developing a green/historic district redevelopment plan for the Old North St. Louis redevelopment district
  • working with the city to create more sustainable neighborhoods by incorporating green infrastructure principles in its Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)/stormwater management plans

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