Common neighbors transforming common problems into an Uncommon Good
A Manifesto (of sorts)
Sometimes we want things that can hardly be put into words. Yes, we want a functional, beautiful building that is open for the whole community to enjoy. But we also want more than that. We long for a neighborhood, for relationships and a world made right. These desires are sometimes only accessible through art. This manifesto serves as a hope and a promise to bring that future into the present.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
restoring a distressed, urban neighborhood through dignity, beauty, belonging and imagination.
Peter BlockCommunity: The Structure of Belonging
“Community…is about the experience of belonging. It is the opposite of thinking that wherever I am, I would be better off somewhere else.”
Our PeopleWe are a collective of social entrepreneurs, visionaries, and ordinary neighbors who are finding and redefining the good life in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas.
Amber and Kurt are proud to call Argentine home. They are passionate about seeing the Franklin Center restored, but more importantly, they're passionate about the opportunities to create a deeper sense of community through through the Franklin Center.
Director of Operations
Franklin Center Board of Directors