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Anderson Photo Company
Harkins Commercial Pho...
J C Nichols Company
Zona Rosa Celebrates First Year in Kansas City
Article describes the first year of existence of the Northland shopping district, Zona Rosa. The area was designed to be pedestrian-friendly, mixing retail, residential, office, and entertainment space....
Window on the City
Report on the success of the brand new Crown Center and its contribution to Midtown.
Where Is It Now? When Wards Was Mighty: It Was a Great Day for the Area
Photo and history of the Montgomery Wards clothing and department store at Ward Parkway Shopping Center, opened in 1959 and planned for closing in 2001. Description of its past success as "the flagship...
Where Blacks Are Forced to Shop
September 7-13, 2007
The first installment in a series of articles about the dwindling number of urban shopping centers in Kansas City. As a result, many African Americans are forced to shop outside of their neighborhoods...
Map, photo, and article about the "new Westport Square Development in the Westport district," intended as a commercial area preserving at least part of the old Westport's historical flavor. Also a detailed...
Ward Parkway Shopping Center
Victor Regnier (1918-2000) Commercial Developer
Short article about Johnson County, Kansas, commercial developer Victor Regnier. He developed Leawood's Ranch Mart Shopping Center at 95th Street and Mission Road in the late 1950s. He began building homes...
Urban State of Mind
Article looks at several area mixed-use developments like Leawood's Mission Farms and Park Place, Lee's Summit's New Longview and Downtown Main Street, and the Northland's Zona Rosa. "Essentially a reinvention...
Travel in the South: Christmas in Kansas City
Photos and article about "the streets of Kansas City's Country Club Plaza," lit up during the Christmas season with "almost 100 miles of lights" for shoppers and visitors.
Top Area Shopping Centers
March 30-April 5, 2007
List of Kansas City area 25 top shopping centers ranked by total leasable square feet as well as a sidebar with them ranked by number of stores.
Time for New Developer?
February 28, 2009
Article describes problems involved in developing the Citadel Plaza shopping center at 63rd and Prospect. City officials are considering whether or not to break the contract with the Community Development...
There's Still Big Opportunity for the Old Shopping Centers
Article about the history of a planned shopping center adjacent to a residential district, both new in 1915, in the vicinity of 31st and Indiana Avenue, and the revitalization of the store buildings of...
The Story of Ranch Mart
Description and photos of the shopping mall at 95th and Mission Roads, with history of the site in Johnson County, Kansas, before the mall.
The Romantic Story of Meadow Lake
Description and photos of the shopping mall at 76th and State Line Roads, with history of the site before the mall including its being a part of the Santa Fe Trail.
The Mayor of Whoopup Goes to Kansas City
Article about an Ozark town mayor bringing urban culture home from a visit to Kansas City. Photographs of shopping malls, fountains, downtown Kansas City.
The Malling of Grandview
Article about the devastating impact on Grandview, Missouri, and its business "heart," Truman Corners, comparing the urban planning dilemma to the national history of shopping malls since their beginnings...
The Legends at Village West
April 16, 2006
8-page advertising supplement detailing the grand opening of The Legends shopping center, April 22- May 7, 2006. Lists Calendar of Events and a directory of associated businesses.
The Ghosts of Shopping Seasons Past
December 22, 2014
Article on the current status of two Kansas City area shopping malls, Metcalf South in Overland Park and Metro North off Barry Road. Once major local retail centers, both malls are almost empty. The article...
The Fire Within
Profile of commercial real estate developer Fred Merrill and the Prairiefire retail center in Overland Park, KS. Merrill set out to build Prairiefire in 2006--a time when building construction was slumping--identifying...
The Dean of Bannister Mall
Article about Larry Guillot and the latest Pioneer Community College branch of the Metropolitan Community College system at Bannister Mall, a system of providing higher education to the high technology...
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