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In April 2009, Cleaver announced his idea to capture money from the stimulus and other sources to weatherize homes, build green sewers and improve transit in a 150-block area of Kansas City. The proposal made a splash. An account on The Kansas City Star's front page made it sound as if an electric van, stuffed with $200 million, was on its way from Washington.
Seven months later, the Green Impact Zone seems locked in the brochure stage, having failed to capture many difference-making grants.
At some point — soon — people are going to want to see Carhartt jackets and caulk guns on the ground. Or they're going to wonder whether another Cleaver initiative was murdered or left to die.