Kansas City Businesses Invest in the Arts, Hoping to Stir Success

With little taxpayer investment, a dynamic Moshe Safdie-designed Center for the Performing Arts has arisen in Kansas City. Hampton Stevens says that the companies are betting on the power of the arts to attract investment and attention.
November 1, 2011, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Stevens writes that city leaders are actively seeking to attract "the 'creative class'-the well-educated workers with bourgeois-bohemian tastes whom urban scholars have identified as the engine of urban growth. Since 2000, The Kansas City Star estimates, the city has spent more than $1.5 billion on cultural facilities, including the Steven Holl–designed expansion of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the new Power & Light entertainment district, and the Sprint Center arena."

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Published on Monday, October 31, 2011 in The Atlantic Cities
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