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'Little Italy:' Kansas City's North End
November 15, 2006
The author in his column reminiscences about that part of the Northeast area known as "Little Italy" named because of the Italian immigrants who settled there. Includes pictures and text of the Badami...
Art in Columbus Park Gallery Draws a Crowd
June 5-22, 2005
Review of show by "muralist, artist, musician, actor and filmmaker" John Bonifacio Morenos.
Art in Kansas City
Two articles highlight the art scene in Kansas City: "Kansas City's Glittering New Galleries" and "Kansas City: A City of Art." The first article reviews the new Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum...
Bocce Ball, Lawn Bowling Northeast Style
January 17, 2007
In the "Castle's View" column, the game of bocce ball is discussed. This lawn bowling game was once a very popular sport with the Italians who settled in the Northeast area. It is still popular in this...
Church to Have a Building Again
History of the churches formerly on the site of the new Columbus Park Presbyterian Church at 5th and Forest Avenues, including the "Italian Mission" period of the former building starting in 1918.
September 27, 2003
Article provides a brief history of the Columbus Park neighborhood and also discusses problems residents currently have with Guinotte Housing Project.
Columbus Park Benefits From Brownfields Grant
July 16, 2003
Kansas City will receive $400,000 from the EPA through an assessment Brownfields Grant. Half the money will go to areas where redevelopment has been stopped due to possible environmental contamination....
Columbus Park Mainstay Celebrates 20 Years
April 1, 2009
Article spotlights the 20-year anniversary of Garozzo's Ristorante located in the historic Columbus Park neighborhood. Owner Michael Garrozo opened the Italian restaurant in 1989 and has since added three...
Columbus Park Rallies against Crime
Photo and article about the "safety information session" sponsored in Northeast Kansas City by the "Columbus Park Homeowners Association, along with the Guinotte Manor Tenant Association" intended as a...
Columbus Park Receives $11,118 From Housing Authority
The Columbus Park Community Council receives $11,118 back from the Housing Authority of Kansas City. The Guinotte Manor Housing Project, after some setbacks, is now finished. Article includes photo of...
Columbus Park Turns Eyesore Around
Photo and article about the "renovations to a neglected [apartment] building in the Columbus Park area" at Gillis Street and Pacific Avenue by the Columbus Park Homeowners Association.
Columbus Park: Prime Property
April 14, 2004
A new residential property at 5th and Holmes in the Columbus Park area had a groundbreaking. The name given is East Market Row. Both townhomes and "metroflats" (two-story, 1,400 square-foot units with...
Detached Home for 'Transplants'
May 29, 2008
"The City Homes project nearing completion at Fifth and Oak streets in the River Market area packs 27 detached houses into a 2.2 acre site between the City Market and the Columbus Park neighborhood." Built...
Eighty Years of Family Tradition
Photo and article about LaSala's deli in Columbus Park, established in 1921 by "Joe LaSala, an Italian immigrant " and still operated in 2001 by 69-year-old Joe LaSala, the founder's grandson.
Eternally Queen Bee
June 17, 2009
Obituary for Anna Badami (94), a longtime resident and "matriarch" of the Columbus Park neighborhood. Badami worked for 50 years as a foreman at the American Beauty Pasta Company and was a founding member...
Five Sites Make Downtown Tour
May 5, 2004
Annual Downtown Homes Tour was recently held and the Columbus Park area had five different properties included. Article gives the names and developers plus other information.
Garden, Marker Memorialize Activist
Article details a little garden and plaque in the Columbus Square Park dedicated to activists Rosalie Strada, 1922-1998.
Garozzo Whips Up Just the Right Recipe for Success
June 5-11, 2009
History of Michael Garozzo and his four area restaurant locations. His flagship location is at 520 Harrison St. in historic Columbus Park. Other locations include Olathe, Overland Park, and Lee's Summit....
Hello, Columbus: Some of the City's Biggest Building Decisions Are Made One Family at a Time
History and description of the Downtown neighborhood with ethnic ties and some new houses.
Holy Rosary Crib Tradition a Holiday Classic
December 24, 2008
Postcard image from 1941 of the Holy Rosary Church's Christmas crib nativity scene and a short article about the history of the church and its crib tradition. The Holy Rosary Parish was found in the 1880s...
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