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'He Was a Great Mentor and Tutor'
January 2, 2006
Article describing the life of G. Lawrence Blankinship, Sr., who died at age 92 on December 28, 2005. Blankinship was one of the first African American members of the Kansas City City Council, and was...
'Water Plaza' For Bartle
August 4, 2006
The City Council agreed to a $1 million city contract for new public art at the Bartle Hall ballroom expansion. A Japanese-American artist named Jun Kaneko was awarded the contract. His concept includes...
. ..Presenting H. Roe Bartle: Swing's Nominee for Man of the Month
Photo and biographical article about H. Roe Bartle, "chief executive of the Kansas City Council of the Boy Scouts of America" and later mayor of Kansas City in the 1950s. Also a nation-wide lecturer, veteran...
2000 Census to Change Council Districts: Northeast Resident Input Sought to Influence New Boundaries
Map and article about the redrawing of "boundaries for the nine congressional districts based on Census 2000 data" in Kansas City, Missouri by the Missouri State Legislature. Description of the Northeast...
A Big Day for Protests
October 8, 2010
On October 7, 2010, two anti-nuclear protestors interrupted a council meeting at City Hall bearing a sign stating “Stop Building Nuclear War.” The protestors oppose the construction of the Honeywell...
A Conversation with . . . Carol Marinovich
January 1, 2006
Article profiling Carol Marinovich, named Kansas Citian of the Year for 2005 by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Marinovich was the first female elected to the Kansas City, KS City Council...
A Developing Problem
Article discusses rezoning and development of a neighborhood in the northland and how city council members work more closely with developers than with neighborhood groups.
A Major Milestone for Downtown District
March 31, 2006
Article reports the passage by the Kansas City City Council of $115 million in additional bonds for the Power & Light District. This sum represents Kansas City's "largest financial commitment ever to a...
A Mayor For All People
July 18, 2008
Article profiles Blue Springs, Mo. mayor Carson Ross, the first African American to hold that office. Prior to being elected mayor, Ross, a Republican, served for eight years on the Blue Springs City Council...
A Natural-Born Theater Man
August 12, 2007
The Theater League, directed by founder and president Mark Edelman, brought musicals and plays to Kansas City from 1977 until 2007. From 1977 to 198,1 performances took place at the Lyric Theater, then...
A New Heritage of Frustrations
November 24, 2013
Article summarizes the current state of the 18th & Vine Jazz District redevelopment plan and problems that have held back its progress. Emanuel Cleaver, Ollie Gates, Troy Schulte, and other interested...
A Summer Roundup Session
Notice for the "annual meeting and tea of the summer roundup chairmen of the Kansas City Council of Parents and Teachers" at the YWCA, involving Mrs. Mary Weeks, "president of the children's bureau and...
A Year of Tragedy, Triumph For This Councilwoman
July 12, 2007
Steve Penn's "Commentary"column features City Councilwoman Melba Curls. Melba was the wife of Phil Curls, Sr., who died on May 4, 2007. That date just happened to be the date she was to be celebrating...
Absentee Owners Hurt KC
April 18, 2015
Article documents problems associated with blighted rental properties located on Prospect Avenue in the Northeast area of Kansas City that are owned by Helen Collins, a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado,...
AC53 Watkins Family Collection Finding Aid
The Watkins Family Collection includes documents, photographs, and artifacts related to Theron B. Watkins, Olivia Watkins Shaw, Bruce R. Watkins, and Watkins Bros. Funeral Home.
Academy to be Built
June 24, 2005
The City Council approved a contract with Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. to build a new police academy on city-owned land at Interstate 435 and Pleasant Valley Road. Project should be completed by December...
Alderman Jim Pendergast
Biography of James or "Big Jim" Pendergast, older brother of Tom Pendergast, starting in Kansas City politics in the late 1870s as a saloon keeper and City Council alderman in the First Ward, including...
Aldi Seeks Second Northeast Anchor
January 11, 2006
The Aldi Grocery Store wants to put a store in at the Paseo between Admiral Boulevard and 8th Street. Includes pictures of the lot where the store would stand. Article discusses what must be done before...
December 6-12, 2012
Article describes controversial issues surrounding the downtown streetcar plan that was passed by the City Council and became the subject of a special election in 2012. The origin of the plan is traced...
An Interview With Joanne Collins
Interviewer: Milton Smith. Interview recorded August 21, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide...
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