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. ..Presenting Louis S. Rothschild: Swing Nominee for Man of the Month
Photo and biographical article about Louis Rothschild, "chairman of the City Plan Commission," president of the Rothschild's & Sons clothing store, and a director of Community Studies, Incorporated.
1000 Acres Restricted, Country Club District: J. C. Nichols
Restricted to single residences only, ranging in value from $3,000 to $10,000 and up. Large lots and acre tracts with city conveniences. No monotonous repetition of the same design of houses.Ample parkways...
11 River Market Buildings Are Sold
December 22, 2004
Article with map illustration and photograph detailing the sale of buildings along Delaware Street in the River Market area. Eleven of the most historic buildings in the area are being sold for a reported...
1998 Sierra Club Sprawl Report: 30 most sprawl-threatened cities.
June 20, 2005
Kansas City ranks number five amongst the ten most sprawl-threatened cities, according to a report from the Sierra Club. It has more freeway lane miles per car than any other city in the country.
2001 Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Awards
Photos and article about the winners of the 2001 Allied Arts and Craftsmanship Awards of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, including the Valencia Place dome, the Rockhurst...
40 Years Ago
A Bright Edge for River Market
September 12, 2007
A $3.5 million reconstruction project has been developed for Second Street in the River Market district. The major portion of the project will turn a dirt road into a landscaped pedestrian thoroughfare....
A Century of Growth in Real Estate: Highways, Developers Help Mold Metro's Look
Retrospective article describing the growth of Kansas City.
A Century of Growth in Technology: Lack of Money Hampers KC's Technology Development
Retrospective article detailing the history of research and technology institutions in Kansas City and their relation to the city's growth.
A City Planned to Meet Modern Needs: New City in Making
Sections of the magazine on Kansas City's airport, auditorium, city hall, hospitals, trafficways, parks and boulevards, water, Brush Creek, and Blue River.
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 City's Fight for Beauty
Story of the parks and boulevards in Kansas City. Many photos of the Paseo and one of Penn Valley Park. One map of the city's parks.
A Clean-Up Campaign That Was Different
Article about the city government project to clean up the streets and public places.
A Dream of What Might Be When Kansas City Acquires "Signboard" Hill [and] What Will Happen if "Signboard" Hill Is Allowed to Continue
Large illustrations of potential developments on Signboard Hill (later the site of the Crown Center mixed use complex) across Main Street from Liberty Memorial and Penn Valley Park. First illustration...
A History and Economic Analysis of The Kansas City, Missouri, Federal Urban Renewal Program
Master's thesis for the University of Missouri-Kansas City on the federal urban renewal program in Kansas City. The thesis is located but at the reference department of the UMKC library, not the Missouri...
A Legacy to a City: Kansas City Architects George Kessler, Henry Wright, and Sid and Herbert Hare
Thorough article about the landscape architecture and urban planning designed and put in place in Kansas City and other Midwestern cities by prominent Kansas City architects George Kessler (1862-1923),...
A Little TIF Here, A Little TIF There
March 1, 2002
Article criticizing recent uses of tax increment financing (TIF), a program designed to attract developers to the urban core. The law firm of Blackwell, Sanders, Peper, Martin seeks TIF financing to build...
A New Life Style in Kansas City
Article on new types of housing in the city and suburbs, featuring condominiums, townhouses, and "planned" developments.
A Record of Current Events: Beautifying Kansas City
July 8, 1911
Photos and captions for various parts of Kansas City's new park and boulevard system, describing its beautifying effect and increase of real estate values and transportation efficiency, including before...
A Small City Whose Growth Is Aided and Controlled by a Plan
Photos and article about the town of Longview, Washington, organized and funded by Robert Long, or R. A. Long, of Kansas City, president of the Long-Bell Lumber Company (involved in the lumber industry...
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