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Charlotte R White
A City Planned to Meet Modern Needs: New City in Making
Sections of the magazine on Kansas City's airport, auditorium, city hall, hospitals, trafficways, parks and boulevards, water, Brush Creek, and Blue River.
A City's Fight for Beauty
Story of the parks and boulevards in Kansas City. Many photos of the Paseo and one of Penn Valley Park. One map of the city's parks.
Beginning of the Park and Boulevard Movement in Frontier Kansas City, 1872-1882
Article tracing the origins of the Park and Boulevard System of Kansas City, starting with early parks and their justifications, before the idea of connecting them into a city-wide system.
Can a Park make a City? The Case for Davis Park.
June 25, 2005
The author examines Ilus W. Davis Park, comparing it to "parks that work" in the nation's great cities. What the park lacks is people, due to the absence of housing and entertainment nearby. If civic leaders...
City of the Future: A Narrative History of Kansas City, 1850-1950
Story of the initial controversy over bringing parks to the city between "reformers," those in favor of city beautification, and "mossbacks," those against it, in the late 1800s.
Profiles of city officials involved in urban planning either through financing or organizing infrastructure improvements such as utilities, transportation, natural disaster prevention, parks, etc.
City Planning with Special Reference to the Planning of Streets and Lots
Photos and references to planned parks and residential areas, sidewalks, and roads, etc., with regard to conforming to the land.
Cowtown 1890 Becomes City Beautiful 1962: The Story of Kansas City's Parks
Origins and early history of the parks and urban planning in the city, describing the efforts to beautify and maintain the growing city, starting in 1872 with such men as Milton McGee, William R. Nelson,...
Financing Kansas City's Parks
Maps, photo, and discussion of acquisition and maintenance of "neighborhood recreation areas."
Go Fly a Kite
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about Frank Vaydik (pictured), "Superintendent of the Park Department" since 1964, succeeding J. V. Lewis after speaking on the prevention of Dutch elm disease...
How to Get Special Assessment Improvements in Kansas City, Mo.
Offer for special assessment improvements to citizens on "street pavements, sewers, sidewalks, and neighborhood parks and playgrounds."
Intersections and Pathways
June 25, 1905
The pathways and intersections of Kessler's original Parks and Boulevards plan have changed over the years. In this article, the author analyzes which ones still "work" for pedestrians and motorists and...
J. C. Nichols Parkway
Description with photos and history of J.C. Nichols Parkway of the park and boulevard system, from Ward Parkway to 43rd Street, 0.57 miles long, acquired in 1909.
Kansas City Buys Its Parks ahead of Time
Article about planning for park and playground sites in anticipation of future surrounding urban development, shown on a map of Kansas City, North.
Kansas City Parks
May 16, 1905
Transcript of pages 9-15 of another source (093.3 K16, not in this dept.) as they appear in Glaab's book, from an 1893 report on city parks, including Kansas City's park and boulevard system.
Kansas City's Parks and Boulevards
Article about the park and boulevard system, with photos.
Kansas City, Missouri: Its History and Its People, 1808-1908
History, photos, map, and overall description of the park system.
Description of the 302.87-acre park acquired in 1895, between the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Belmont and Gladstone Boulevards, and Paseo Boulevard, including the Colonnade, Cliff Drive, and Indian Mound,...
Longview. ..The Remarkable Beginnings of a Modern Western City
Description of the role of S. Herbert Hare, "the young partner of Hare and Hare," doing "the actual platting and planning of Longview," Washington. Illustrations and descriptions throughout the book also...
Description of the 74.08-acre park acquired in 1927, between 51st, Wornall, 55th, and Summit Streets, with photos, history, and drawings.
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