Beautiful Blue Hills is located in the urban core of Kansas City Missouri, 4 miles from downtown. It's boundaries are Paseo on the West, Prospect East, 47th Street North (Swope Parkway) and 63rd Street on the South. The neighborhood was constructed during the 1930's and the name was taken from the Blue Hills Country Club . The neighborhood boundaries and name were chosen by the residents not the City. From construction until 1968, when the first black family moved into Blue Hills, it was predominantly white. During the 1970's the community rapidly converted from 100% white to 90% African American.
Over the next 30 years this middle class neighborhood, where people worked and raised their families, went through some ups and downs. At one point in time nightfall brought gun shots ringing in the streets, heavy drug traffic and other violent crimes. It was a neighborhood that was beginning to show signs of neglect. With dimly lit streetlights, numerous abandoned buildings, gangs and youth loitering on corners.
Today, Blue Hills is alive with hope thanks to a number of partners and caring, concerned and committed residents. There has been a
sharp decrease in crime and an increase in youth and family activities. More than 100 drug houses have been closed. The streets are safer for neighborhood children to play and neighbors to visit
once again. Property values have increased, roughly doubling the national average.
1980's the Blue Hills Community Association was formed, and in 1998
the name changed to Blue Hills Neighborhood Association. This association
has had many outstanding past Presidents that include Woodrow Austin,
Opal Pierson, Robert Anderson, Linda Spence, Dr. William Hart, and Patricia
Keeling. Paul Tancredi is our current BHNA President. Also in 1998 the
Blue Hills Neighborhood Association received it's 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
Blue Hills Neighborhood is comprised of over 150 blocks and over 3,000 households. Every home has been offered a smoke detector with installation. This humanitarian effort was undertaken by 100 Men of Blue Hills.
Completion of Bruce R. Watkins freeway provides quick connection to surrounding interstate freeways and highways. Public bus transportation with connecting routes serves throughout the metro, extending to both sides of the MO/KS state line. Multiple churches are located within this residential neighborhood, providing convenient access to Faith based resources.
Paseo Academy of Performing Arts lends an exceptional opportunity for secondary education to students within and outside of the Blue
Hills Neighborhood. Students excel in performing arts including sculpturing, orchestra, jazz and vocal music. The Paseo Academy's ROTC unit participates in commendable service and beautification
projects within the Blue Hills Neighborhood, supported by the Blue Hills Neighborhood Association.
Neighborhood Association is an increasingly growing organization stimulated
by Blue Hills Community Services, through implementation of the Neighborhood
Preservation Initiative in the early 1990's.