The Independence Plaza neighborhood is one of seven neighborhoods that make up the Historic Northeast community and is a neighborhood brimming with history and character. Situated just east of the downtown area, the Independence Plaza neighborhood  is bordered by The Paseo on the west, Independence Boulevard on the north, Benton Boulevard on the east and 12th street on the south. 

The neighborhood was one of the first to be developed in Northeast when Thomas Marty, in 1876 proclaimed he would be moving his family to a home east of Troost Avenue, then the eastern boundary of the city. Marty’s critics told him the city would never be developed that far east. Ignoring his critics, he built a stately home near present day 6th and Brooklyn Avenue and soon after, Independence Avenue was well on its way to becoming one of the city’s finer neighborhoods. Steeped in history, Independence Boulevard was once home to some of the city’s captains of industry such as banker David Beals, and James K. Burnham, founder of the Burnham, Munger Dry Goods Company. Over the years however, the neighborhood began a long, slow change, evolving from the well heeled upper class enclave to a solid, middle class, more blue-collar community. Known for its diverse population and historic architecture, Independence Plaza is home to a mix of Victorian-style houses and more modern residences. 

The neighborhood boasts a strong sense of community, with a growing number of residents engaging with the area’s neighborhood association, the Independence Plaza Neighborhood Council. Neighborhood amenities include three city parks, Harmony Park at 10th and Agnes,  Prospect Plaza Park at 12th and Prospect and Independence Plaza Park at Independence Boulevard and Park Avenues.  

Additionally, the neighborhood is a stone’s throw of the vibrant downtown scene, providing easy access to cultural attractions, dining options, and entertainment venues. Independence Plaza embodies a blend of history and modernity, making it one of the most unique and inviting neighborhood in Kansas City.

The Independence Plaza Neighborhood Council meets once a month and is actively engaged in a number of initiatives including attracting more artists and creators to the community as well as positively shaping sustainable commercial development along its three primary, east-west commercial corridors.

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