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A Historic Makeover
AUgust 3, 2007
The Midtown Theatre, located at 13th and Main in Kansas City, Missouri, is expected to reopen in the spring of 2008 following a $28 million makeover. The new renovations include cabaret seating and several...
A New Madrid: The Main Street Theater Is Getting a Face-Lift
Photos and article about the 2001 restoration of the Madrid Theater, built in 1926 at 3810 Main Street. History of the theater, "promised to be 'the' distinctive theater of Kansas City" with a Spanish...
Attorney is Driven to Collect the Best
June 23, 2013
Interview with Marshall Miller, Kansas City attorney and creator of the annual Art of the Car Concours fundraiser to benefit the Kansas City Art Institute. Miller discusses his motivations for founding...
Blaze Destroys Old Ballroom: Midtown Building, Opened in 1913, Was in Renovation
Photos and article about the fire destroying the Monaco Ballroom, a former movie theater being restored at 31st and Cherry Streets. Built in 1913 as the Gillham Theater ("a movie palace") "by Cleveland...
Blues In His Soul, Music On His Mind
Describes the history of the Grand Emporium, a midtown Kansas City nightclub, and its owner, Roger Naber, on the twentieth anniversary of the club.
Bob Berdella Murder Case
A collection of photocopied newspaper articles, primarily from the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times, detailing the criminal activities of Robert A. Berdella and the subsequent investigation of those...
Broadway Business Group Restates Its Position on Light Rail
Details objections to installation of a light rail transportation system along Broadway in midtown Kansas City.
February 18, 2009
Article describes $65 million in redevelopment projects along a four-block stretch of Broadway between 34th and 37th streets. The largest of the projects is a major expansion of Metropolitan Community...
Broadway's Busy Vista
Article with a large photo of Broadway Boulevard's path between Downtown and the Plaza, regarding its role as "Kansas City's most prominent north-south artery" and its importance in the Midtown stability...
Building Kids' Hoop Dreams
Describes plans by Christopher Harris to build a sports complex at 40th and Wayne.
December 8-14, 2005
Review of The Gaf Pub and Grille, located at 7116 Wornall Road. The Gaf opened in October, 2005, replacing the "beloved midtown saloon and restaurant," The Romanelli Grill, which closed in July, 2005 after...
Church Buys Katz Building
September 29, 2011
The former Katz drug store building at 3948 Main St. was auctioned off and purchased by Redeemer Fellowship Church, which opened in 2008 at 3921 Baltimore. "The purchase price was not disclosed." The art...
City Tears Down Signs
Article about the city government's new zoning policy of enforcing the removal of unauthorized signs, led by City Manager McElroy, showing the dismantling of signboards at 39th and Main Streets.
Critics Say MGE May Be Sacrificing Safety With New Gas Delivery System
Describes potential danger of new gas distribution system being installed in midtown Kansas City.
Death of a City Block Recalls 100-Year Parade of History
Block 39, encompassing 19th to 20th Streets and Grand to McGee Streets, finally empty of buildings, the last to of which being the Medallion Insurance Building. Originally platted in the 1878 Mastin subdivision,...
Discusses a pack of wild dogs that resided on the vacant land that was cleared for the Glover Plan, and how those dogs have moved into surrounding neighborhoods as construction of the development progresses....
July 27-August 2, 2006
Article describes the efforts of historic preservationists to protect the home and factory of Kenneth Smith, a renowned manufacturer of golf clubs who died in 1977. Smith bought his Shawnee home, located...
Gillham Park Murders
A collection of 70 pages of photocopied newspaper articles detailing the murders of six women and the subsequent investigation of those crimes. Over a seven-month period in 1989 and 1990, six women were...
HIV Patients Lose Clinic
September 1, 2004
Article about the closing of the Midtown ID Clinic. The clinic cared for Kansas City AIDS and HIV patients for 18 years.
Joy Jacobs' New R Bar Leads West Bottoms Revival
November 20, 2009
Profile of business owner Joy Jacobs and the opening of her new restaurant called the R Bar (1617 Genessee St.), located in the same space that housed the old Sutera's restaurant. Jacobs formerly owned...
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