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Dana Rosenthal Campbel...
Biography of Earl Thomas (1897-1985), Educator and Civic Leader
Biography of James Francis Pendergast (1856-1911), Kansas City Alderman
Biography of L. P. Cookingham (1896-1992), Kansas City's First City Manager
Biography of Thomas Pendergast (1873-1945), Business Owner and "Political Boss"
Council-Manager Government in Kansas City
Thesis about the structure and effects of the council-manager form of city government adopted in 1926.
Councilwoman Beth Gottstein
Profile of Beth Gottstein who served on the Kansas City City Council from 2007 to 2011. As well as her personal goals and accomplishments, Gottstein comments on city government and Kansas Citians.
Digital Transformation: Changing How KC Does Business
July 21, 2011
The Kansas City Municipal Court will be "the first munipcal court to go end-to-end paperless." This digital transformation will result in less paper ticket messes and shorter lines and waits. The change...
Frances I. Gaw
File includes a May 30, 1985, resolution honoring Dr. Frances I. Gaw, "former senior research analyst with the City Planning Commission," issued by Mayor Charles Wheeler upon the occasion of Gaw's death....
Gary White Becomes First Black Auditor
August 17-23, 2007
After more that 20 years of service in the City Auditor's Office, Gary White has been named as the new city auditor of Kansas City. He was appointed July 1 and is the first African American to hold the...
June 5-11, 2014
Article summarizes the process by which the Kansas City mayor, Sly James appointed Airport Terminal Advisory Group (ATAG) made its decision to recommend that a new single-terminal airport be built to replace...
Landlords in KC Must Register Properties
December 24, 2007
An ordinance passed by the Kansas City Council in October 2007 requires landlords to register with the City. The ordinance should make it easier for codes inspectors to locate out-of-town owners who don't...
Opposition to the Pendergast Machine, 1925-1934
Thesis about the Tom Pendergast machine, starting with 1925 and including a large section on Rabbi Mayerberg's "crusade" against the machine.
Planning Progress, 1943
Report of planning activities for the city of Kansas City, Missouri, prepared by the City Plan Commission in 1943. The report covers the following topics: interregional highways, neighborhood playgrounds,...
Political Wards Map City Directory Entry
Map of the political wards in 1887, with the city limits between the Kansas and Missouri Rivers and 31st and Cleveland Avenue.
Schulte's Job Title No Longer 'Acting'
May 20, 2011
The City Council unanimously voted to authorize a two-year contract with Troy Schulte as the City Manager. Schulte has served for the past 18 months as acting City Manager and the move will allow him to...
Surprise Move Ousts Cauthen as Manager
November 20, 2009
On Thursday, November 20, 2009, city manager Wayne Cauthen was removed from office in a move initiated by Mayor Mark Funkhouser "that passed the City Council by just one vote and that took City Hall completely...
The Cities of America: Kansas City
August 25, 1945
First article in a series entitled "Cities of America," providing a general history of Kansas City, highlighting its evolution from a wild "Old West" town and corrupt crime-ridden city of the Depression...
The Go-To Guy at City Hall
September 30, 2010
Assistant City Manager, Richard Noll (Rich), died August 25, 2010. Noll worked at City Hall for 27 years.
The Kansas City Metropolitan Area
Report prepared by the City Plan Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, in 1947. The report covers the following subjects: the Kansas City metropolitan district, topography, land use, vacant land, population...
The Man in the Middle
September 13, 2009
Article examines the six-year tenure of Wayne Cauthen as city manager. His accomplishments and challenges are discussed and what his supporters and detractors say. Hired by Mayor Kay Barnes, he is seen...
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