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Johnson County, Kansa...
Rand Mcnally and co
Theodore S Case
Standard Oil Company (...
'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...
A Good Place to Spend a Pleasant Day, Nature and the Suburban Ideal
Article traces the history of the movement from cities to the suburbs. Mentions craftsman bungalows and Prairie-style Foursquare homes. "Both emphasized a connection between the land and the structure,...
A Look at Life in the 'Burbs
Review of "the changes and challenges facing Kansas City suburbs of the '90s," including the following: Platte City, Olathe, Leavenworth, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, Independence, Overland Park, Shawnee,...
A Mayor Proposes Union of 14 Cities: Roy Owen of Overland Park Comments on Recent Annexations in Area
Article about the proposal by Roy Owen, mayor of Overland Park, Kansas, to merge the 14 cities or municipalities in northeast Johnson County, Kansas (including Overland Park) into one city to decrease...
A New Frontier
Photos, map, and article about the continuing and managed growth of urbanization in Johnson County, Kansas suburbs, especially along 119th Street, with shopping centers, residences, and coordinated automobile...
A New Life Style in Kansas City
Article on new types of housing in the city and suburbs, featuring condominiums, townhouses, and "planned" developments.
African American Population Trends
Information about changes in black population in the greater Kansas City area, both urban and suburban, from 1960 to 1980, approximately.
An Analysis of 1930 Population Figures for Kansas City and Surrounding Territory Compared with 1920
Study of the population increase of the Greater Kansas City area between 1920 and 1930, with map and table.
Annual Review of Greater Kansas City, 1908
Photo of the D. M. Bone (the book's editor) residence in the "suburb" of Mount Washington south of Kansas City.
Athletic Support: Raytown Finally Discovers a Cash Cow at Kauffman.
Article about Mayor Sue Frank's attempts to revitalize Raytown by capitalizing on its proximity to Kauffman Stadium and renovating downtown.
B. P. Smith
File containing a photo and caption about B. P. Smith (residing at 5743 Outlook Street in Mission, Kansas), "a Kansas City postoffice employee" and "author of 'Next Time I'll Know Better,'" a book of collected...
Back From the 'Burbs: Tales of Central City Fancy and Suburban Flight
Photos and article about the return to "the city" by former suburbanites in the Greater Kansas City area.
Bannister Mall's Costly Lesson
September 5, 2010
Article cites Bannister Mall as an example of the Kansas City area's failure to practice sustainable development. Suburban sprawl will cost the area large sums to build new infrastructure, according to...
Biggest Projects & Business Deals of 2004
January 1, 2005
A recap of some of the major business deals and construction starts in the Kansas City metro area in 2004. Includes downtown as well as the suburbs.
Biography of Edward Tanner (1896-1974), Architect
Biography of Fred Wolferman (1870-1955), Owner of Wolferman's Gourmet Grocery
Biography of Napoleon W. Dible (1872-1960), Developer
Biography of Willard E. Winner (1849-1929), Pioneer Builder, and Realtor
Brooklyn Avenue, 35th to 36th
Postcard of residences on Brooklyn Avenue betweeen 35th and 36th Streets
Building a Greater Kansas City: Be a Part of the 2002-2003 Edition of Destination KC
Photos, maps, and descriptions of the business promotion project known as Destination KC, marketing attractive parts of the metro area for potentially relocating, expanding, or new outside businesses....
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