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Floyd E Sageser
A Great American Idea: A New Town Comes to Life in Downtown Kansas City
Photos and article about the multi-use complex of Crown Center in Midtown Kansas City with hotels, shopping (including the Hallmark Cards headquarters), and apartments, etc.
A Midtown Renaissance
Article about the revitalization of Westport and/or Midtown Kansas City, including business organizations and neighborhood associations reclaiming the area after decades of post-war suburban flight, through...
Review of restaurants in Midtown and Downtown.
Ambrosi Brothers--A Cut Above
Article describes the history of the Ambrosi Brothers Cutlery Company, a Midtown fixture. The Ambrosi Family emmigrated from Italy to the United States in 1957, and began sharpening knives out of the back...
Arts Beat: Business and Pleasure
Photo and biographical article about Jerry Harrington, "owner of the Tivoli Theater and the Tivoli Video," describing his life and career, growing up in Kansas City and studying to be a film director,...
Business: Young Promoters Plan New Life for Uptown
Story of the restoration of the Uptown Theater, first opened in 1928, by NeoSpace Productions, Incorporated, including a new lighting system, sound system, and closed circuit video system.
Colored Salt--Contented Cars
Photos (depicting Downtown or Midtown stores such as Super A& P Market, etc.) and article (written by the commissioner of streets and sewers) about snow removal on Kansas City streets using different types...
Coming of Age: The Nelson-UMKC-Westport Celebrate Landmark Anniversaries
Comprehensive history of the town of Westport, from 1833 to 1983, including its founding by John McCoy, expansion and decline with the Santa Fe trade and Civil War, regrowth as a Kansas City suburb from...
Community Cares: Miracle in Midtown
Description of the deceiving drab appearance of the nursing home at Swope Parkway for the economically disadvantaged elderly.
Construction Starts on $115 Million Crown Center
Article about the plans and renovations involved in the huge Crown Center Redevelopment Project, with photo and illustration.
Crown Center: The Master Plan by Edward Larrabee Barnes Called for a Large Volume of Initial Construction to Create an Impact in a Decaying Area
Photos, maps, illustrations, and article about the construction of the Crown Center mixed-use development of shopping, hotel, and residential space in Midtown Kansas City. History of its planning since...
Did You Know. ..?
Article contains four historic facts about the following: (1) the Holmes Street Railway, (2) the placement of streets in the Midtown district "in a basic grid pattern," (3) the first automobile built in...
Downtown Districts Reflect Individual Strengths
Summary and assessment of Kansas City downtown development at the end of 2009. Articles contain descriptions of activity in districts of the central city: The "Loop" (Central Business District); Government/East...
Early Kansas City Architect: Charles E. Shepard
Biography of architect Charles E. Shepard (or Charles Shepard), often confused with fellow architect Clarence E. Shepard,. Article contains descriptions and photos of many of his buildings designed by...
Early Kansas City Architects: Alice G. Jackson
Photo and biographical article about Alice Jackson, an early woman architect in Kansas City. She was born in Illinois in 1863 and did not start her architectural career until she was almost 50 years old....
Eastside Urban Renewal Project
Photos, illustrations, map, and article about the "[r]ecommendations for modifying facades of 15 structures in the Eastside Urban Renewal Project area" of Downtown "bounded by the Intercity Freeway on...
Faces of the Past: Off the Stump
Photo and biographical description of 80-year-old Midtown resident Arvid Owsley (nicknamed "Hippo"), formerly engaged for "16 years (1952-1969) as Jackson County Sheriff," and retiring from his law practice...
For Improving the Physical Environment: Lifting the Face of Kansas City
Photo, map, and article about the urban renewal aspects of the construction of "Hallmark's Crown Center" by the company's founder Joyce Hall on the Midtown area surrounding "his headquarters building."...
Foreword: Renewing Downtown, One Building at a Time
Editorial article about the revival of parts (or "neighborhoods") of Downtown and Midtown Kansas City, especially the Crossroads District, 39th Street (in Westport or Midtown), and potentially next in...
Fruit of the Money Tree
Photographs and article about Joe Zwillenberg, a young restauranteur responsible for the Joe Joe's Italian Eatery chain of restaurants, as well as a new venture in midtown, Joe's Burger Joint.
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