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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
City Development Depar...
Land Clearance for Red...
$6.88 Million in Urban Grants Made
December 19, 2012
Article provides details concerning a series of grants awarded to urban redevelopment projects by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Julie Porter, Executive Director of LISC, is interviewed and...
''Unlikely Edens'': Towards Modeling a New Dwelling in Kansas City's Community Gardens
A history of community gardens in Kansas City as well as background information about community gardens established by the Japanese in the United States during World War II while living in internment/concentration...
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 Facelift for the "City Beautiful": Urban Renewal in Olathe
Extensive article about the history of Olathe and its urban renewal. In 1965, Olathe had established its Urban Renewal Agency and made public its tentative plan for the redevelopment of the downtown area...
A Great American Idea: A New Town Comes to Life in Downtown Kansas City
Photos and article about the multi-use complex of Crown Center in Midtown Kansas City with hotels, shopping (including the Hallmark Cards headquarters), and apartments, etc.
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. J. Harmon
Head and shoulders portrait of A. J. Harmon, Executive Director and Counsel, Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of Kansas City, Missouri. He appeared at the Nov. 15, 1960, luncheon. A typewritten...
A Midtown Renaissance
Article about the revitalization of Westport and/or Midtown Kansas City, including business organizations and neighborhood associations reclaiming the area after decades of post-war suburban flight, through...
A Practice of Loose Lending and Little Repayment
Discusses the practices and activities of the Downtown Minority Development Corporation under the leadership and guidance of James I. Threatt.
A Resurgence on Twelfth Street
Photo and article about "the Resurgence Plan for the 12th Street Corridor" led by the "Twelfth Street Heritage Development" and involving "[t]he historic apartment buildings lining the west side of the...
African American Community Generally Supports the Power and Light District Despite Lack of Information
Describes support of black Kansas Citians for the Power and Light District proposal.
Ambitious KCK Plan Unveiled
May 20, 2006
Children's Campus of Kansas City plans to develop a project in Kansas City, Kansas, covering approximately four downtown blocks. The public-private consortium plans call for three main components of the...
An Interview With Alvin Brooks
Interviewer: Horace M. Peterson III. Interview recorded June 2, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed...
An Oasis Imperiled
August 3, 2004
Editorial decrying a proposed change to Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park, "one of the most inviting public spaces in Kansas City," located at 12th and Walnut. According to the author, the city's plan...
Architecture in the 60's
Photos and article about the panel discussion at the Real Estate Board on the subjects of upcoming architecture in the 1960s and "the KC/80 plan" (an urban master plan for Downtown).
Feature article about Shirley Helzberg and her many contributions to improving Kansas City through not only the arts but restoration of historic buildings. The 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall in the new Kauffman...
Arts Mean Business
December 1, 2001
Photos, illustrations, and article about the potential for mutual benefits for the arts and business communities in the Kansas City area with new and upcoming projects.
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.
Avenue Poised to be Region's International Marketplace
September 24, 2008
Article reports on the growing number of ethnic businesses along Independence Avenue and the potential for the corridor to become "Kansas City's premier international marketplace for the region;" this...
B.E.U. Gearing up for Self-Sufficiency
September 23, 1977
News article about the Black Economic Union in Kansas City, a private corporation, but for ten years "supported predominantly by federal funds." The union was included in or affected by revitalization...
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