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One Block at a Time - City of Independence, Missouri: An American Original
One Block at a Time
Economic Development through Concentrated Neighborhood Investment: Independence, Missouri

One Block at a Time is an effort to attract reinvestment and the return of families to the northwest quadrant of the City of Independence through targeted infrastructure, housing and economic development. The program identifies a single block in a residential neighborhood, each no more than a quarter mile long, as an anchor and then brings together public and private partners to completely transform the physical environment. The infrastructure on each block is evaluated and repaired or replaced, and housing units and vacant lots are assessed and redeveloped. To date three residential blocks have been targeted and two are now complete.

Creating the Vision & Removing Road Blocks

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Funding and Incentivizing Economic Development


Partnering to Make a Difference

12 Blocks West Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity NWCDC

Recognizing Success

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