Monday, May 2, 6:00 pm: Meeting about 57th & Troost Murders

Neighbors concerned about the killings and other problems at 57th & Troost will meet Monday, May 2, at 6 pm at Rockhurst Community Center, 5401 Troost.

Two murders at Bob's-n-Motion Bar, 5709 Troost, since last September -- the latest one on April 23. The neighbors want this violence -- as well as the continual pattern of late-night noise, disorder, and occasional blockage of Troost traffic -- STOPPED.

We came up with some general plans to address the problem at the April 26th 49/63 CAN meeting. Now we need to put the plans into action. Please join us to learn more about specific steps we can take in partnership with City offices, KCPD, nearby businesses, community groups, and each other.

City Considers Zoning-Code Language to Cover Homesharing

The City wants to know what neighborhood residents think about the homesharing economy. City staff has drafted potential changes to zoning code regulations that would allow short term stays in dwellings. 

With the advent of homesharing services like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO, the City is receiving complaints of homeowners listing their entire dwelling for short term stay. City staff has prepared the draft in an effort to recognize the growth of the homesharing economy while also addressing neighborhood safety and quality of life concerns. The draft ordinance would set requirements for obtaining a special use permit with specific conditions. We want your feedback, which we will compile and use to revise the draft for City Council consideration this spring.

Author Tanner Colby to Speak at Rockhurst University April 18, 2016

Tanner Colby, author of Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, will speak at Rockhurst University on Monday, April 18. His 7:00 pm event at Rockhurst's Arrupe Hall Auditorium will consist of a dialogue with longtime Kansas City Star columnist Lewis Diuguid.

Mr. Colby's book focuses on the social history of the past 60 years of African-American integration into predominantly white American society. An extended section on the history of housing integration uses the 49/63 Neighborhood Coalition as its case study of what happened when a neighborhood group stood up to the thoroughly racist practices of the real estate and mortgage industry of the late 1960's. Several founding members of the 49/63 Coalition were interviewed, as well as some still-active 49/63 residents.

For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit this page on Rockhurst University's website.