Central Avenue: The road to Renaissance in KCK

CABA participants of La Placita

“Come and examine for yourself a peculiar city, which is rapidly growing,” reads a century-old invitation from Kansas City, Kansas. “This state of Kansas will have what belongs to her — a great city.” KCK has seen its ups and downs since then. Today, the “Great City” is on an upward swing, thanks in part […]


BackSnack program curbs students’ hunger on weekends

Imagine coming home from school on a Friday afternoon. You look in the refrigerator and the cabinets and there’s nothing for an after-school snack or for dinner that night, or even food for the weekend. You know that you’ll be hungry. That’s the reality for 12.9 million children in the United States who live in […]


Announcing changes to HCF’s 2019 application deadlines

Changes to HCF 2019 grants schedule

We are excited to announce that we will be transitioning from our current grant management system to a new system that better fits our needs and delivers a more user-friendly and efficient experience for you, our applicants. To accommodate the move to a new grants management system, we are building in downtime in our funding […]


Advocacy, partnership, action spurring improvements in Marlborough Neighborhood

Driving on Troost, Paseo, or Prospect between Gregory and 89th Street, the neighborhoods might appear to be uninviting at first glance. These neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri, are collectively known as Marlborough, and there’s more to it than meets the eye.  While outsiders might see only piles of tires on vacant lots and sidewalks serving […]


Armour bike lanes: What are those bike boxes?

You may have spied something new in the green paint going down on Armour Boulevard in KCMO: a green box at some intersections, adjacent to the bike lanes and in front of automobile traffic and the crosswalks. These “queue boxes” or “two-stage left turn” boxes offer cyclists a safe way make left turns from a right-side […]


Now is the time to contact your elected official about the farm bill

Summer is the time to enjoy the bounty of the Midwest. Fresh Missouri peaches. Sweet Kansas corn. Juicy red tomatoes. But while we’re enjoying these fresh seasonal foods, it’s important to remember the policies that impact how and what we eat all year long. The farm bill, which governs food and agriculture policy in the […]


‘Pedaling’ the good news about active living

Editor’s note: This week is National Men’s Health Week. We encourage all of our readers to try a new activity that gets you up and moving. Also, set an appointment for an annual exam if you haven’t had one yet this year. We’ve published some great posts on men’s health topics in the past. (Check […]


Program teaches kids of all ages about bike safety

FreeWheels 4 Kids is a bike safety program based in Kansas City, Kansas, under the umbrella of Central Avenue Betterment Association. We reach youth through our three core programs, Let’s Get Rolling, Earn-A-Bike, and Bike Clubs. Let’s Get Rolling is a program designed to teach safe riding skills for elementary school students by transforming their P.E. […]


Rosedale organizes fun activities for students on National Bike to School Day

Biking to school can be intimidating, but not on Walk and Roll to School Day! On Wednesday, May 9, approximately 50 students at two Rosedale elementary schools made their way to school in a noisy parade of friends, parents, teachers and neighbors. Rosedale Development Association (RDA) has worked with Frank Rushton and Noble Prentis Elementary […]



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