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Swope Parkway to E 50th and Prospect Ave


The census data supports that there has been use of restrictive and deeds planning tools to create racialize space in figures one, two, & three revealing across all three years, covering 60 years total, a progression of physical segregation. Starting with using the 1950 survey as base, because tracts 76 and 77 reveal a population that is a heterogeneous demographic mixture and in 2000 to 2010 primarily a minority homogeneous population with a median income on a average of $10,000 less than in 1950. The 2010 median house values in the tract 76 and 77 sunk on an average of $10,000 less than the 1950 median house values and only matches one third of the $135,000 median house value of Kansas City in 2010. With that in comparison, the median house values of tracts 76 and 77 in 1950 averaged out to $69,307 about $8,000 above the 1950 median house value for Kansas City. In conclusion, tracts 76 and 77 seem they were subjected to the use of planning tools that create racialized space because if they weren’t the population should reflect diverse demographics and the rise of property values near the median of the entirety of Kansas City’s house value using the1950 census data as a base standard when residential segregation was not at its peak yet. (Gotham, 2002)

-Stephen Pociluyko

E 50th and Prospect Historical Development Analysis

1950 KCMO Sanborn Map  E 50th and Prospect Ave
1950 KCMO Sanborn Map
E 50th and Prospect Ave
View of East side of Prospect Ave from 50th street.
View of East side of Prospect Ave from 50th street.










The Eastern block of Prospect Ave from Swope Parkway to 50th Street is predominately covered by Highway 71 except for the corner of Prospect Ave and Swope Parkway where a Shell gas station exist, North of the 71 Hwy overpass. This link provides a visual for comparison between 1950 and present day. 2016 KCMO. Based on the 1917 and 1950 Sanborn Maps Swope parkway to E 50th Street had a full block of commercial buildings and homes till the construction of the highway. Now the space feels mostly empty, noisy from Hwy 71 traffic, with moderately maintained green space and a bus stop. Additional lighting could be provided under the overpass to give a sense of safety to pedestrians. The Western side of Prospect Ave could be developed into urban gardens, and sound barriers can be constructed along the highway to reduce noise.