We Are Superman is the story of the American urban core in a time when racism has gone underground, prejudice is glossed over, and progress is built on the backs of the poor. The film is an emotional testament to a select few who are working tirelessly in the heart of America in Kansas City at the corner of 31 Street and Troost Avenue; working to transform a dividing line into a gathering place. It is the story America has been waiting for. A community has stopped waiting on the next elected official, board of directors, or MIA policy maker to come and save them. Instead they are gathering the people, they are standing united together and saying with one resounding voice: We Are Superman. This is their story.
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce made revitalizing our urban neighborhoods through the Urban Neighborhood Initiative one of its Big 5 ideas. Accomplishing the Big 5 initiatives promises to bring better health, improved education, more jobs, increased investment and a better quality of life to everyone in the region. Thus, creating a Greater Kansas City. Nick Haines sits down with Dianne Cleaver to get an update on the progress of this initiative.
We profile Hoop Dog Studio, an experiment by Lori Buntin and Cathryn Simmons who were determined to live and work in a place that they love. In 2005 they began their experiment on Troost Avenue with two empty buildings – one to live in and one to work in. Two years later, they have added two demolition lots which have become a garden.
Since 1978, Best Deal has been in business at the corner of Troost and Linwood offering deep discounts on a variety of merchandise by buying items in bulk. Benny Herron has become the Tycoon of Troost though his vision for the neighborhood has many critics.