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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Kansas City Planning C...
'Curse of Covenant' Persists
February 13, 2005
Restrictive housing rules written years ago in covenants in home owners association documents, are still in writing. "Although many Kansas City area residents are not even aware of them, more than 1,200...
'Inner-Ring' Suburbs New Development in Older Communities
Article describes both the challenges and advantages of 'inner-ring suburbs,' defined as "mostly post-World War II communities." Their proximity to downtown and their established infrastructure are making...
12th Street Poised for Big Things
March 2, 2006
Article about Ollie Gates' plans to revitalize the area around 12th and the Paseo. His vision includes restoring William T. Fitzgerald Memorial Fountain, erect a memorial to African American soliders and...
150 Facts About Kansas City
List of 150 facts prepared for the sesquicentennial of Kansas City in 2000.
163 Housing Warrants Cleared
The Police Department have recently done two special sweeps in the Northeast area to serve outstanding bench warrants issued by the city's housing court. There is some criticism that it is not enough and...
October 29, 1977
"Kansas City applied to the federal government yesterday for an advance of $500,000 on a total of $1,354,711 in damages to city facilities in the flood Sept. 12. The application to the Federal Disaster...
7th Street Scene
Former residences housing Grand Slam Liquors and other businesses; located on 7th Street east of Walnut.
9th Street, East from Wyandotte
Postcard of 9th Street, East from Wyandotte
A 102-Unit Projection to Investors Here
A 25-Year Milestone
October 17, 2006
Article reports the honoring of City Market area leader Mel Mallin upon the 25th anniversary of the founding of the River Market Business Association. Mallin and others are credited with helping to create...
A Bird's Eye View
Photos and article about Brian Williams' loft apartment at 20th and Grand. Article describes benefits of "city living" and lofts as living spaces.
A Central Part of the East Village
December 16, 2006
J.E. Dunn Construction has unveiled the design for its new downtown headquarters and a revised plan for the East Village redevelopment plan. The five-story building, designed by 360 Architecture and BNIM...
A Change of Space
Article describes the conversion of warehouses, lofts, and historic buildings in downtown Kansas City into condominiums and apartments.
A City Divided: The Racial Landscape of Kansas City, 1900-1960
Section of the book which describes late 19th century and early 20th century African American housing sections of the city. These include Hell's Half Acre, Church Hill, Belvidere Hollow, and the Vine Street...
A City Welfare Board
Article about the novelty of the first city welfare system, describing its activities of collecting private charities and applying them to problems of housing and unemployment.
A City Without Slums: Urban Renewal, Public Housing, and Downtown Revitalization in Kansas City, Missouri
The author draws upon archival data, newspaper articles, government reports, interviews and other documents in order to examine the origin, local implementation, and segregative effects of urban renewal...
A Little Slice of Beverly Hills in Independence
January 9, 2008
Postcard image and short article about the Beverly Hills Acre Tracts subdivision in eastern Jackson County between the city limits of Kansas City and Independence, Mo. The housing tract was developed in...
A Model of Commitment
April 25, 2009
Photo and obituary Of Gertrude Hooker Keith (1915-2009), the first African American woman on the Kansas City school board and the first director of the Wayne Miner Housing Project. An active community...
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 New Life Style in Kansas City
Article on new types of housing in the city and suburbs, featuring condominiums, townhouses, and "planned" developments.
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