Remodeled contemporary homes cause tension in Missouri city
October 13, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Their friends and family thought they were insane. Build east of Troost?
To many white Kansas City residents, that coded phrase, "east of Troost" — the unofficial color line of the city's segregated history — has long implied crime and poverty. To black Kansas City residents, the west side of the avenue signifies as much racial intolerance as it does monied privilege.
So in 2008 when architect Randy Kietzman and his builder wife, Jane, began construction of their 3,200-square-foot modernist home — easily able to fetch $750,000, with a koi pond, balconies, pol...