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Kody Willnauer was looking at Google Maps one day and noticed that roads that run north and south on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area slant to the east. That’s not the case on the Kansas side, where the roads appear to run straight up and down the screen, the elementary school teacher and Tonganoxie resident observed. The roads on the Missouri side are not parallel with those on the Kansas side.
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) started as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to combat the crippling impact of the Great Depression. From 1933 until the start of World War II, New Deal programs doled out federal funds for infrastructure, education, and artistic projects throughout the nation.
Reader Tom Decock was curious about how the interstate highway system was incorporated into Kansas City’s urban landscape. With the Downtown Loop nearing its 50th anniversary in 2022, now is a good time for KCQ to investigate.