KC Streetcar

The KC Streetcar is a streetcar system in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Construction began in May 2014; the system opened for service on May 6, 2016. The KC Streetcar is free to ride; as of August 31, 2019, the streetcar has a daily average ridership of 6,448 daily riders, logging over 7 million riders since opening. The downtown streetcar runs along a 2.2-mile-long route between the River Market and Union Station, running through the central business district and the Crossroads along Main Street. It makes stops about every two blocks, and has 16 designed stops along the route. Along the way it connects directly with Amtrak and commuter RIDE KC bus services, several RideKC bike-share kiosks. Proponents tout this initial linear segment as one of the simplest and straightest modern streetcar routes in the United States. All platforms offer real-time arrival information; the streetcar is operated by the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, a not-for-profit corporation, funded by local taxes. The authority was incorporated in August 2012 after voters approved creation of the Kansas City Downtown Transportation Development District, a special taxing district that funds construction and operation of a two-mile route through downtown Kansas City.

Legal claims against the district and its taxation power were dismissed in August 2013. The streetcar began construction in May 2014, was completed in fall 2015, began carrying passengers in service on May 6, 2016; the Streetcar Authority's 13 directors, a mix of public officials, business people, transit advocates, were appointed by the City Council and Port Authority in late 2012 and met for the first time as an sanctioned body in early 2013. The authority's oversight of the streetcar's operation and maintenance is modeled on that of the Portland Streetcar; the city council has the power to appoint some of the authority's directors and retains ownership over the system. Day-to-day operations and maintenance of the system is handled by Herzog Transit Services Inc. under joint contract to the Streetcar Authority and the City of Kansas City. The contract was signed in October 2015. After earlier efforts to create a metro- or citywide rail transit system failed at the ballot box, voters in downtown Kansas City approved funding for a two-mile streetcar line in December 2012.

In December 2012, the city council awarded a contract to HDR, Inc. to complete a final design for the downtown streetcar line. HDR had performed preliminary engineering work. In October 2013, the mayor announced that the system will use 100% low-floor Urbos 3 streetcars made by the American subsidiary of Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles in Elmira Heights, New York. Pre-construction work, utility-relocation work in preparation for the project, began in late 2013, construction of the line began in May 2014. Construction was completed in late 2015 and testing was performed from December 2015 to May 2016; the projected cost of the Downtown Streetcar was $102 million. The majority of funds came from Special Obligation Bonds of the City of Kansas City, Missouri totaling $63,955,000. Construction bonds and operating costs were repaid by a special assessment and one-cent sales tax collected inside a transportation development district approved by voters in 2012. Both levies are assessed only within the taxing district, which encompasses downtown neighborhoods along the streetcar route.

Additional funding included two federal grants totaling $17.1 million. The project received another $20 million federal grant, through the TIGER program, in August 2013. Passengers ride free of charge, as operating costs are covered by the TDD. Total construction costs were $250,000 under budget and operations costs started out under budget; the streetcars are numbered 801–805, following the numbering set up by the original Kansas City Public Service Company numbering system. Car 801 arrived in Kansas City on November 2, 2015. Testing began on November 6. Cars 802 through 804 arrived between December and April. To help with high ridership, two additional streetcars were ordered from CAF in June 2017 at a cost of $12 million. Car 805 arrived on May 13, 2019, entered service on July 1, 2019. Car 806 arrived on August 26, 2019. Operations on KC Streetcar began on May 6, 2016 at 11 AM; the total opening Friday and Saturday ridership was over 27,000 riders, with the trains traveling 650 miles. The weekend celebration for the streetcars opening included music, a free carnival and coordinated specials at businesses.

Bus service and bike share service was free to correspond with the launch. Expansion planning began in 2014. Two studies covered one line north, crossing the Missouri River and eight lines heading east and south from downtown. A ballot item in August 2014 to add three new rail lines and an improved bus line failed at the ballot 40%–60%. A grassroots effort to revisit expansion using the same legal structure as the starter line, is being funded by the private sector. In August 2017, voters approved the formation of a TDD that would help to fund the extension of the streetcar south; this would extend the line for 3.75 miles from Union Station towards the University of Missouri-Kansas City, along Main Street. The extension is expected to cost around $227 million, would open in around 2023. In March 2019, the Federal Transit Administration rated the project a "medium high" in receiving $151.6 million in federal funding. In August 2017, the KC Port Authority announced plans to extend the line north from the River Market towards the Missouri River.

This proposed extension would run for 3/4 mile to Berkley Riverfront Pa


The Ernst-Kirchweger-Haus is a building in Vienna's 10th district, Favoriten. From June 23, 1990, it was a squatted autonomous social centre, which hosted migrants and refugees, an infoshop, community activities, political groups. Since 7 November 2008, all the groups using the place have signed a lease and it is no longer squatted; the squatters, who described the EKH as an "international, multi-cultural, anti-fascist centre," named the building after Ernst Kirchweger. In 2004, the owner of the house sold the EKH to a real estate company, the residents were threatened with eviction since the new owner was a former right wing extremist. After a long struggle with many protests and actions, a company with close contacts to the municipality of Vienna bought the building in July 2005; the threat of eviction passed and in 2008, a rental contract was signed. Autonomism WUK Ernst-Kirchweger-Haus English-language EKH homepage

Holy Cross School (New Orleans)

Holy Cross School is a high school, middle school, primary school serving grades pre-k -12 founded in 1849 by the Congregation of Holy Cross in New Orleans, Louisiana. The main founder of Holy Cross is Blessed Father Basil Moreau, beatified on September 15, 2007. Holy Cross High was named St. Isidore's College. Holy Cross School is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. In 1849 the Brothers and Sisters of Holy Cross arrived in New Orleans after they had established the University of Notre Dame in South Bend and took over an orphanage for the boys and girls who survived a plague; the orphanage, along with the first Ursuline School for Girls, was destroyed to make room for the 1923 Industrial Canal, which experienced levee failures that flooded large parts of New Orleans twice, with Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 1871, Holy Cross moved to its historic site, a farm named St. Isidore's farm, on 4950 Dauphine Street, built a renowned "collegiate-styled campus" and established in 1879 its current school, bordered by the high Mississippi River levee.

The area has since become a Federal Historic District known as the "Holy Cross Historic District." First chartered by the State of Louisiana in 1890, the name was changed to Holy Cross in 1895 when the present Administration Building was dedicated. A boarding program, which continued until 1973, attracted as many as 150 students annually from across the South as well as from Central and South America. With Hurricane Katrina, the campus, like the majority of the city, was flooded by the Levee failures on the Industrial Canal and levee "over-topped" by storm surge along the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet that destroyed St. Bernard Parish and Eastern New Orleans and Greater New Orleans in August 2005; the school has relocated to 5500 Paris Avenue, the campuses of the former St. Francis Cabrini Parish and Redeemer-Seton High School on Paris Avenue between Filmore and Prentiss Avenue in the Gentilly/7th Ward neighborhood of New Orleans. Demolition of the various structures which once stood has been completed.

This is one of the many steps in the construction of the new location, now Holy Cross High School. The state of the art high school, middle school, administration building have been completed; the Advisory Committee of the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries informed Holy Cross School that it has been chosen to receive a $50,000 grant to purchase books for the school's library. She attended Holy Cross on Thursday, April 19, 2007 to present the 14 grantees in Mississippi and Louisiana, including Holy Cross, with the donation. Holy Cross School is now in the process of building a new campus on Paris Avenue in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. Buildings that have been completed include the Middle and High School buildings, with the Administration building coming online in January 2010; the campus will be covered by wireless internet, with all security and maintenance maintained through computer automation. Buildings now in construction include the school's enormous gymnasium, as well as the maintenance building.

The gymnasium will house an indoor basketball court with stadium seating, a full-size indoor track, collegiate level locker rooms, weight rooms, several practice rooms for karate and wrestling, along with a snack area and band rehearsal floor. The maintenance building houses the chillers for the entire school's air conditioning system, consisting of four 400ton chillers. All systems are automated with remote control access by internet. Additionally, the school hopes to complete a chapel, pool building, along with a separate performing arts center and cafeteria. In the future to school hopes to cap its size at 1000-1200 enrollees in a few years. Holy Cross School has risen since its near destruction to have one of the most sophisticated campuses, with technology implemented into its school curriculum. All students are issued laptops individually to use at school and at home; this necessitates having a wireless campus covering over 18 acres. Using cutting edge Dell and Cisco servers, the school maintains full automation of all maintenance systems on campus, with remote access control.

The school partners with many providers to provide email, wireless printing, multimedia resources, sophisticated equipment to all its faculty and staff. Additionally, the new campus features Smart boards in all classrooms with all systems networked throughout the buildings. Maintenance wise, all air handlers, thermostats and security features are remotely monitored and controlled with full automation by computers; this high-level ability has been built up with the heavy support of Headmaster Charles DiGange and Jerry Arnone, the school's IT Director. Holy Cross School fields competitors in many sports; the school offers soccer, football, tennis, bowling, swimming, power lifting and field, cross country. Holy Cross competes in Class 4A of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Holy Cross football vs. Jesuit football is one of the oldest continuous high school rivalry in Louisiana; the first game was played in 1922. The two teams have played every year since, including twice in 1963; the Tigers have had a long rivalry with Chalmette High School, owing to Holy Cross' former location in the Lower 9th Ward and its large student population from neighboring St. Bernard Parish.

Chalmette and Holy Cross were rivals in the New Orleans Catholic League from 1968 through 1988. Holy Cross was the first scho