Kansas City has a long history of racial segregation and disinvestment in low-income communities of color. Throughout the years, the “Troost Dividing Line” has become a demarcation of where the effects of historic redlining is most readily seen and affects individuals today. Designers are becoming more socially aware about the past and what can be done for these communities, but the solutions to address the problem are often vague or carry controversy.
How do the design professions work in these communities and provide a realistic path forward? What are large and small things designers can learn from past experiences that can guide future design projects and policies? KC Design Week has gathered planners, designers, and policy advocates to explore the unique issues and honest conversations of working with communities of need. This lessons-learned, boots-on-the-ground talk will inspire you to use your design skills to protect the existing integrity of the communities and create empowering, thoughtful designs going forward.
KC Design Week recommends that you carpool or take public transportation as Operation Breakthrough has limited off-street parking. Spaces in their north lot, at 3039 Troost, KCMO 64109, will be reserved for attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved parking for panelists will be marked. Ticket holders will enter Operation Breakthrough at their main entrance on the east side of Troost Avenue. Volunteers will guide you to Operation Breakthrough's new bridge over Troost, where you will cross that infamous dividing line, to the space where the main event will take place.
Ina Anderson brings over ten years of experience in community development and planning to her role at Greater Kansas City LISC. When she’s not exploring River Market or the Nelson, Ina facilitates community-based planning projects including visioning, goal setting and strategizing to create meaningful and lasting neighborhood change. Ina holds a BA in History from the University of Rhode Island and MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. A history buff and expert predictor of who’s going to win “So You Think You Can Dance,” Ina’s areas of expertise are sustainable communities, creative placemaking, and equitable development. Ask Ina what she’s reading or about her goal to visit every site on the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.
Michael contributes to BikeWalkKC’s efforts to change the built environment and policy landscape in a way that supports a culture of active living in the Kansas City region and beyond. His work includes support of the successful campaign for a Complete Streets ordinance in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as helping to cultivate statewide coalitions for active transportation in Kansas and Missouri.
Additionally, Michael assists with BikeWalkKC’s community outreach and communication efforts. In that capacity, Michael has worked to bring attention to the deaths of vulnerable road users in the metro and inform the public of ways to make their voices heard on issues related to alternative modes of transportation.
Prior to joining BikeWalkKC, Michael worked for such organizations as the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He earned his Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his BA in political science and international studies from Kansas State University.
In addition to his duties as BikeWalkKC, Michael serves as a member of the Environmental Management Commission for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and as a member of the Board of Directors for InterUrban ArtHouse, an arts-based nonprofit located in Overland Park. He is also a member of the 2020 class of the Centurions Leadership program.
Triveece Penelton, AICP, is a city planner and public involvement innovator at Vireo. She is also the creator of the Digicate® software application for community engagement, which Vireo powers and utilizes as part of its community engagement services. The local, county, state, and regional projects that she manages blend community planning with intensive public engagement, education, information sharing, and messaging. Prior to joining Vireo, Triveece served as a long-range planner with the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Planning and Development Department. While at the City, she was responsible for planning activities happening in Kansas City’s Urban Core.
Karen Slaughter is the managing partner for Connectus Worldwide, a diverse business consulting firm. Connectus provides consultation in the areas of supplier diversity, public engagement, and mediation but also focuses attention on the pre-application certification needs of MWBE, DBE, LGBTQ and veteran-owned companies. Karen has held positions of responsibility with local and federal governments, local Fortune 500 companies and several not-for-profits. She received a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Karen is also trained in mediation and project management. She is passionate about helping others and currently serves as President of the Key Coalition Neighborhood.
Jacob’s expertise lies in the fields of community development, planning and urban history, and historic preservation. His area of specialty includes the city of New Orleans where he lived and worked for 5 years. His research addresses the role of the historic urban built environment in the politics of race and collective memory.
Prior to his work at UMKC, Jacob taught courses in community development at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and courses in planning history and urban studies in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans. He has also worked in planning and community development in Oregon.
He is currently a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Urban Design.