The Union Hill Garden Tour returns this Sunday.

Self-guided Union Hill Garden Tour returns this Sunday

The annual Union Hill Garden Tour is back! The popular, self-guided walking tour of this charming Victorian neighborhood is located immediately south of Crown Center. This year’s event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, as guests will be able to tour nearly 30 gardens and outdoor spaces while enjoying musical performances throughout the day.

Tickets purchased online in advance of the tour will cost $10 each, or at the event for $15 apiece. A portion of the tour proceeds will benefit the Union Cemetery Historical Society.

This year’s performers will include:
• 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Chamber music by musicians from the Kansas City Symphony
• 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Jazz vocalist Millie Edwards and friends
• 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Moody tunes from Sarah Tannehill Anderson (vocals) & Kurt Knecht (keyboard)
• 1-3 p.m. – Forrest McCarren & The Daily Special

Brew Haha Mobile will hand offering coffee drinks for purchase. Following the tour, visitors are invited to stay awhile to take advantage of special offers at several neighborhood bars and restaurants.

To learn more, follow the Union Hill Garden Tour on Facebook and Instagram.

The architectural character of Downtown, including its many historic buildings like these in the West Bottoms, was among the reasons why people like living here according to a new DTC resident survey.

Downtown living scores high marks from people in survey

A new survey of Downtown residents finds an overwhelming majority are very satisfied they chose to live in the heart of the city, according to City Scene KC.

The 45-question survey conducted last winter by the Downtown Council (DTC) found 92 percent of the 830 residents who responded were either satisfied or very satisfied with their decision to live Downtown.

High on their positive list was the diverse architectural fabric of Downtown; a sense of personal safety during the day; the work of the Community Improvement District ambassadors; and the ease of getting to other places in the metro.

“Everyone is aware of the history we have Downtown and the great buildings,” said Jared Campbell, DTC resident engagement project manager, in a recent presentation to the Board of Directors. “Obviously, we’ve lost some over the years, but we’ve been able to retain a lot of our historic buildings and that adds to that built urban fabric, one of the unique aspects of Downtown Kansas City.” Click here to read the complete story.

In addition, Campbell provided an executive summary of these leading takeaways from the survey, including:

  •  Residents provided high marks for:
    • Character/architecture of the buildings; 2. CID Ambassadors; 3. Arts & culture; 4. Dining/entertainment options; 5. Walkability; and 6. Public transportation options.
  • Areas of improvement include:
    • Greenspace (programming/amenities); 2. Service options (doctors, dry cleaners, etc.); 3. Shopping options; 4. Bikeability.
  • Demographics:
    • More than half of the respondents have lived Downtown for 1-5 years.
    • Diverse age of residents: 66.3% are 18-44 years old; 33.8% are 45-65 years old
  • Residents would like to see:
    1. Retail: Target, Trader Joe’s
    2. Greenspace: dog parks, more trees, sport courts and other amenities in parks, arts/visual elements, restrooms
    3. Big ideas for Downtown: South Loop Link (over I-670), Downtown baseball stadium

For more information, contact Jared Campbell at jared@downtownkc.org.