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'Good Life' Is Hidden Jewel Downtown
April 21, 2004
This article focuses on one of Kansas City's less visible fountains called "The Fountain of Good Life". It was designed by George Tsutakawa. According to a quote in the article, he "became the preeminent...
11 River Market Buildings Are Sold
December 22, 2004
Article with map illustration and photograph detailing the sale of buildings along Delaware Street in the River Market area. Eleven of the most historic buildings in the area are being sold for a reported...
12th Street Viaduct Links Downtown to Bottoms
July 20, 2011
Photo postcard showing the construction of the "new" 12th Street Viaduct and an accompanying article about its opening on March 8, 1915.
40 Years Ago
40-Year-Old Skyscraper Goes On the Market in KC
February 24, 2005
The Commerce Tower is for sale. The 30-story building downtown is 40 years old and has 540,000 square feet. It is currently owned by Tower Properties Co. and no asking price is listed. Current tenants...
5,000 Miles to the Sneaker
Photos and biographical article about E. John Coonjohn, a prominent "Kansas City jogger" expecting "to set the world record for miles jogged in a year: 5,000-plus," by day a 51-year-old civil rights investigator...
A Bold New Portal for KC: Paseo Bridge Design Picked
November 15, 2007
A design has been chosen for the new Paseo Bridge and includes a 300-foot diamond shaped tower and six lanes for traffic. The $245 million project will replace the 53-year-old bridge and also widen the...
A Bright Edge for River Market
September 12, 2007
A $3.5 million reconstruction project has been developed for Second Street in the River Market district. The major portion of the project will turn a dirt road into a landscaped pedestrian thoroughfare....
A Can-Do Mood in Condo Market
September 18, 2005
Article describes real estate agents who havew pinned their hopes on the condominium "boom" in the downtown area. It also discusses who is buying the condominiums. A map shows clusters of condos in the...
A Central Part of the East Village
December 16, 2006
J.E. Dunn Construction has unveiled the design for its new downtown headquarters and a revised plan for the East Village redevelopment plan. The five-story building, designed by 360 Architecture and BNIM...
A Century of Growth in Retail: Retail Evolves from Downtown to Suburban Centers
Retrospective article detailing the history of retail in Kansas City.
A City of Glass
Article provides information on the glass in the new Sprint Center as well as other buildings downtown which contain a lot of glass. For the Sprint Center the following information is provided: 2,204 panels...
A Club Founder Dies
Death notice of the founder and first president of the club established in 1917 for women's Downtown meetings and luncheons.
A Condemned Man
November 25-December 1, 2004
Article describes the offer of Kansas City, Missouri to compensate Paul Thomas, owner of the Justrite Stamp Company for his property at 1301 Grand. The author reports that the city has offered Justrite...
A Dollar Short
Article describes recent attempts by the city to regulate temporary employment agencies downtown. Complaints of disorderly behavior by transients and drug dealers have precipitated a new policy stipulating...
A Downtown Landmark Shuts Doors
December 30, 2003
After almost 80 years serving downtown Kansas City, the Italian Gardens restaurant closed its doors. A family-owned restaurant for five generations, Italian Gardens served many of the city's prominent...
A Fines Mess
Article describes a city attorney's battle with absentee owners of the Professional Building at 1103 Grand. The building, which has been vacant since 1991, is in violation of city codes due to its disrepair....
A Grand Centennial for a Grand Church
February 7, 2012
The Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church (205 E. 9th St., southeast corner of 9th Street and Grand Boulevard) was completed February 1912. It is the second church building that the United Methodist...
A Grand Design: A Congregation of Homeless People Wants to Help Save Downtown
Article describes the efforts of the Grand Avenue Methodist Church (based in the Grand Avenue Temple) to minister to the homeless population of Kansas City.
A Home for Artists Planned Downtown
October 9, 2013
Article reports on a proposal from a Minneapolis developer, Sherman Associates, to renovate the historic Scarritt Building (818 Grand Blvd) into an afforable living and work space for local artists. The...
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