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Meyer, August R
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A City in Decline: The Bad News Is How Kansas City Is Slipping
Photos and article about the decline in population rank and other aspects of the Kansas City metropolitan area from 1959 to 2001, including its convention attendances, the park and boulevard system, the...
A Drive to Bear His Name
Article about the funeral for August R. Meyer and considerations for streets to bear his name.
A. R. Meyer's Condition
Short article about the hospitalization and subsequent death of August Meyer (1851-1905), the "father" of the park and boulevard system.
C. O. Tichenor Is Dead
Portrait and obituary for Charles Tichenor (1842-1915), "distinguished lawyer and one of the fathers of the boulevard system" with residence at 1449 Independence Avenue. Native of Wisconsin coming to Kansas...
Did You Know? Horses and Parks
Article about many of the changes in the Northeast residential district since the beginning of the park and boulevard system. Description of some of the riders of (and places designed partly for horses...
Funkhouser Shakes Up Park Board
June 12, 2007
Newly elected mayor Mark Funkhouser has appointed a new Kansas City park board. The members are John Fierro, Tyrone Aiken, Frances Semler, Aggie Stackhaus, and Ajamu Webster. Funkhouser "took a slap at...
Improvements to Cliff Drive Continue
Article about the improvements being made to Cliff Drive upon its "designation as Missouri's first urban State Scenic Byway" by "the Missouri Department of Transportation." Originally "constructed between...
Kansas City Street People: Kansas City's Boulevardier
Photo and biographical article about August Meyer (1851-1905), an engineer and co-founder and fist president of the Kansas City Park Board from 1892 to about 1901. Born in Saint Louis and coming to Kansas...
Kessler Rites Thursday: Services for Landscape Architect Will Be in St. Louis
Photo and multiple obituary articles for George Kessler (1862-1923), a prominent landscape architect and designer of the park and boulevard system of Kansas City, dying in Indianapolis on March 19, 1923...
Kessler Society Continues Namesake's Dedication to Landscape Ideals
May 8, 2008
Information on George Kessler and the local Kessler Society located at 104 W. Ninth St., Suite 30, Kansas City, Missouri. "The Kessler Society is dedicated to educating the public on the historical significance...
Meyer Mementos in Museum
Article about August R. Meyer's urban planning career in Kansas City and Leadville, Colorado, including notes about his home at 44th and Warwick Boulevards and streets of the park and boulevard system...
Monuments: 'They Remind Us Things Occurred because of Man's Initiative'
Article about memorials in Kansas City in general, highlighting, among others, the Andrew Drips Monument at 16th and Summit Streets and the Delbert J. Haff Memorial.
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Paseo Intersection Passes Committee
Article about the urban planning review of the Paseo Intersection Community Committee in 2000 concerning the reconfigurement of the intersection of Independence Boulevard and the Paseo, addressing issues...
Prescription for Ailing Downtowns: Beautification
Article about some methods for beautifying Downtown Kansas City through urban renewal suggestions from a recent book by city planner Victor Gruen, with description of the park and boulevard system of the...
Station Hill to Be Beautiful
Article about the transformation of the ground surrounding the Union Station into a park with a cliff drive and other beautifying elements.
The March of Progress in Kansas City
File containing a newspaper clipping with photos and caption about the bluffs overlooking the West Bottoms (on the Missouri side) in 1875 (with street railways and squatter-type shacks) and in 1925 (after...
Who's Who in Kansas City
Portrait and biographical article about Delbert James Haff, or Delbert Haff, also known as D. J. Haff, "senior partner of the law firm of Haff, Meservey, German and Michaels," born in Michigan in 1859...
Wilbur H. Dunn
Information about Dunn, the superintendant of the parks for many years.
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