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'Curse of Covenant' Persists
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Title'Curse of Covenant' Persists
AbstractRestrictive 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 documents involving thousands of homes still contain racist language banning blacks, Jews, and other ethnic groups. For the first half of the 20th century, racially restrictive covenants were routinely recorded in plats and deeds and placed in many homeowner's association documents not only here, but nationwide." In the Kansas City area, J. C. Nichols was one of the first developers to promote the restrictions. These covenants were put together in such a way that it is difficult to get rid of them.
NotesStatistics included with the article state there are 1,216 total restrictions recorded in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties; 1903 was the year that the first restrictive covenant was recorded in Clay County; and 1962 was the year the last restrictive covenant was recorded in Johnson County. Article also from Kansas City Star, March 31, 2005, concerning Missouri Senate bill to eliminate restrictions.
DateFebruary 13, 2005
SourceThe Kansas City Star
LocationVertical File: Neighborhood Organizations
Local SubjectReal Estate
Race Discrimination
Neighborhood Associations
Nichols, Jesse Clyde (J.C.)
Item TypeNewspaper Article
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Item ID212534
CONTENTdm number28511
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