Pendleton Heights neighborhood designated best neighborhood in Missouri for old homes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One of Kansas City's oldest suburbs has received a new designation.  Pendleton Heights Neighborhood in northeast Kansas City was designated the best neighborhood in Missouri for old homes, by This Old House magazine.

Kristin Johnson is a board member for the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association.  She says the designation is an honor for the residents and their homes in the area. 

"It gives us exposure.  Exposure is great.  We are such a little pocket, and we're just slightly outside the downtown loop," Johnson said. "But we're not a neighborhood that you necessarily pass through on your way to anywhere."

Pendleton Heights was one of Kansas City's first suburbs.  In the late 1800's, when people left downtown, they built homes in the Pendleton Heights area.  The neighborhood runs from Independence Avenue north to Cliff Drive and from The Paseo east to Chestnut.

Johnson says beside the neighborhood being full of old Victorian homes, it's full of energy.

"We received KC Green designation in September," Johnson said.

Johnson says there is a group in the Pendleton Heights community that does curbside composting every week.  There are also artists in the area that pick up everyone's glass once a month and turn it into drinking glasses. 

There is also a community garden that is tended to by folks who enjoy urban farming.

Johnson says the excitement in the neighborhood is contagious.  She says you can't drive through the neighborhood without seeing a dumpster in front of house that is being renovated.  It's progress in a neighborhood that started in the late 1800's.

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