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'KC Live' Kickoff to Light Up City
March 6, 2008
The long-awaited Power and Light District opens with a kickoff event in the Kansas City Live block at 14th Street and Grand Boulevard. The Cordish Company plans 150 events that include rock, country and...
'Sad, Sad Day'--21 KC Schools Close Down
June 4, 2010
Article describes 21 schools in the Kansas City School District that will close as a first step in the district's improvement plan. Includes a two-page tribute to the schools being closed including Westport...
26 Schools Will Close
March 11, 2010
On March 10, 2010, the Kansas City school board voted 5-4 to close 26 schools as recommended by new superintendent John Covington in his "Right Sizing Plan." The closings will reduce the number of school...
A Fight to Save Where They Fought
July 3, 2012
Article on the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund and their attempts to acquire land of the Big Blue Battlefield north of Swope Park. The fund controls more than half of the area near the Blue River where...
A Growing Demand for Local
December 8, 2009
Feature article in the Star Business Weekly about local farms and the demand for locally grown food even in the winter. The article includes a comparison chart between 2002 and 2007 of number of farms...
A Health Center with More
January 9, 2012
The new Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, located at 825 Euclid Ave. across the street from the prior facilities, cost $25.1 million. The metal-and-glass builidng was designed to resemble a pelican, the...
A Tiny Renoir Began Impressive Obsession
June 3, 2007
Article spotlighting the personal collection of French Impressionist paintings of Henry and Marion Bloch. For the last 35 years the Blochs have acquired works from such artists as Manet, Monet, Renior...
Always a Helping Hand
December 31, 2010
Article describes minister and activist Sam Mann, who served 40 years as the preacher for St. Mark Union church, “a black church on Kansas City’s East Side.” Mann retired from the St. Mark Children...
Arts District Upgrade
November 14, 2012
Article describes the completion of a federally-funded sidewalks project in the Englewood Arts District of Independence. Representatives from the Englewood Business Association and the Mid-America Regional...
Big Buzz About Those Books
October 14, 2009
Article spotlights the Kansas City Public Library's "larger-than-life" Community Bookshelf parking garage at 10th and Baltimore. The bookshelf design decorates the south facade of the garage and looks...
Can Area Support Two Aquariums?
April 7, 2012
With the opening of the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center at Crown Center, plans are still underway in Kansas for a larger aquarium in Mission, Kansas. The Kansas aquarium was...
September 25, 2011
Article spotlights Kansas City residents Jason and Candy Fields and other families who have transformed blighted properties in the Lykins Neighborhood into "urban homesteads." More than 20 families have...
Decades Pass, Struggle Goes On
January 20, 2008
Three Kansas Citians, Geneva Morris, Alvin Brooks, and retired Jackson County Circuit Judge Jon Gray, "tell their stories of the civil rights movement and assess the progress."
Downtown in Demand
August 11, 2012
Article on the increased demand for downtown housing in Kansas City, but vacancies are scarce. The occupancy rates for downtown apartments are near 95 percent and yet no projects are in the works to increase...
Dramatic Structure is Emerging
May 17, 2009
Article reports on construction of the new Paseo Bridge, formally named the Christopher S. Bond Bridge. The structure will employ a "cable-stayed" design and is scheduled to be completed in 2011. It will...
Dry as a Bone
July 22, 2012
Article discussing the effects of the drought of 2012. Extreme high temperatures and a lack of rain are creating conditions comparable to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s in the region. The drought has already...
Gallery has a Hot New Location
November 1, 2012
Article announces that Pat Jordan, a Kansas City art dealer, has moved her gallery into the former Station 11 firehouse located at 2033 Vine Street. Jordan is interviewed and explains her decision to relocate...
Half a Century on the Front Line
December 31, 2011
Article about Kansas City's longest serving firefighter, Louie Martin, who after 51 years has decided to retire. His last shift happened to be Thursday night's fire at the Westport Presbyterian Church....
Historic Town Seeks Revival Through Arts
February 18, 2013
Lexington, Missouri was chosen to participate in a pilot program through the University of Missouri Extension to launch a community art revitalization effort. The program focuses on assisting and promoting...
History Lost In Blaze
December 30, 2011
The 107-year old Westport Presbyterian Church caught fire on December 29, 2011, devastating the community gathering place. Being one of the oldest churches in Kansas City, the congregation has gathered...
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