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Derryale M Barnes
75 Years of Growth and Service: J. C. Nichols Co.
Article on shopping center and residential developments by the real estate company in Prairie Village, Brookside, etc.
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 Look at Frank Morgan
Photos, illustration, map (of his real estate holdings north of the river), and biographical article about Frank Sherman Morgan, or Frank Morgan, a "low profile" business executive and real estate developer...
A Visit with Santa
Appearances of Santa Clauses at the various shopping malls.
Big City Weekend Vacations for Two: Kansas City
Photo and description of the tourist attractions in Kansas City as a weekend travel destination, with its "new Crown Center" and other attractions around the city.
Blue Ridge Shopping Center Writes Modern-Day Development Chapter
Article about the planning and construction of the new shopping mall at 40 Highway and Blue Ridge Boulevard, originally the property of German farmer August Reich. Planning done with consultation of the...
Briarcliff Village Welcomes Nell Hill's
December 8, 2007
Description of Mary Carol Garrity's new shop opening in Briarcliff in November 2007. Her main enterprises are in Atchison, Kansas, and consist of G. Diebolts, her bed, bath and fabric store, Garrity's...
Two bronze plaques depicting historical events in Kansas City were placed in the sidewalks of the Country Club Plaza on May 27. The first one features a river streamboat's [sic] arrival at Westport Landing...
Article about the development of the Brookside neighborhood from the days of the Wornall farm in 1858 to the present, with photos.
Business: Crestwood Tenants Secure Destiny
Article about the purchase in the Brookside neighborhood by local business people of the Crestwood Shopping Center, "the first commercial building built by J. C. Nichols," describing the improvements to...
Calling on Crestwood
Article profiles the Crestwood Shops, located along 55th Street and Brookside Boulevard. The shopping district, a 1920's J.C. Nichols development, has emerged as a model of "neo-urbanism."
Cover Story: The Bannister Phenomenon
Article about the rapid growth of Bannister Mall, citing the 90,000 attendance at a recent weekend, discussing urban planning problems arising with traffic and new construction in the area, with map and...
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...
Developing Outlying Shopping Centers
J. C. Nichols's zoning suggestions for outlying urban shopping centers, including photos, with the example of the Plaza with its uniform arrangements in wide streets, shorter buildings, and Spanish design....
Early Plaza Slogan Still Valid due to J. C. Nichols' Vision
Article about the unusual combination in Nichols of "vision" and practicality. Description of the early business of the Plaza and its 1926 slogan: "The Country Club Plaza--more than location--business...
End Paper: The Malling of Kansas City
Article about the history of shopping centers nationally and in Kansas City, starting with cities locating next to bodies of water and "requirements of pedestrian and equestrian transportation," but later...
Face Off--The Plaza's Future: It's Bright
Half of an article arguing the positive side of the Plaza's future, pointing to improving transportation through the Plaza as well as well-maintained commercial and residential tenancy, parking, etc.
Face Off--The Plaza's Future: It's in Danger
Half of an article arguing the negative side of the Plaza's future, pointing to the serious urban planning mistakes with uncontrolled development hurting the uniqueness of the place's intended land use...
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."...
Geographic Spotlight: Above the Street
Photos and article about the Country Club Plaza and its many apartment buildings being "converted into condominiums as the allure of urban convenience and Plaza chic attracts waves of affluent would-be...
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