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$1 Million Makes a Big Difference
August 15, 2007
The Black Archives of Mid-America will have a new home at a former park maintenance building at 17th Street and Woodland Avenue. The building already houses the Full Employment Council, but needs structural...
A Bit of the Real Cowtown
April 30, 2014
Article spotlights a large of collection of documents, blueprints, and other materials pertaining to the old Kansas City Stockyards that is currently being processed by the Missouri Valley Special Collections...
A Brand-New Glow
July 27, 2007
A new sculpture design, "Transformed Flower," has been approved by the Municipal Art Commission. The sculpture, by California artist Phillip Smith, willl be erected at the north end of the Richard & Annette...
A KC Museum Revamp
December 20, 2007
The Kansas City Museum will close on January 7, 2008, and not reopen until 2010 or later. The museum, known as Corinthian Hall, and the carriage house will get new windows and doors and be cleared of lead...
A New Engineer at Union Station
December 19, 2008
The Union Station board of directors announced that former American Royal CEO, George Guastello, will replace Andi Udris as the director of Union Station. The board decided to replace Udris in order for...
Area Hispanic Population Rises
August 11, 2008
Between July 2006 to July 2007, "in the six counties--Johnson, Wyandotte, Clay, Platte, Jackson and Cass--the total population grew 1.26 percent to 1.74 million. Within that figure, the Hispanic population...
Beloved Penn Valley Park Has New Protector
May 26, 2010
The Penn Valley Conservancy is a new organization and a "potentially powerful ally for the stretched city parks department" in advocating for the park. The group's purpose is to protect the historic park...
Brooks and Funkhouser Easily Win Primary Vote
February 28, 2007
Alvin Brooks (26.1 percent) and Mark Funkhouser (25.5 percent) win the mayor primary race. Includes city map showing Ward-by-Ward where Brooks and Funkhouser had their votes.
Can't Miss This Sign of 18th and Vine
May 6, 2008
"The city plans to erect a flashing neon or LED sign nearly two stories tall on the top of the building near the corner of 18th Street and the Paseo." The sign with its lights should be visible for a mile...
Corinthian Hall Dispute Settled
June 28, 2007
It appears that Union Station will continue to manage the Kansas City Museum and will receive the museum levy revenue of close to $1.4 million. "The station will concede to the city the trademark 'Kansas...
Effort to Designate Liberty Memorial
September 27, 2008
Short piece noting that Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill wants to make the Liberty Memorial the official National World War I Memorial. McCaskill and Missouri Senator Kit Bond filed a bill to so...
Envision a Laser as a Light of Unity
July 26, 2008
A group called East Meets West of Troost are promoting the idea of having a green lazer beam shoot down 18th Street and connect the 18th and Vine area with the Crossroads Art District. City Councilman...
Exhibit Planners Aim for a Big Hit
June 22, 2007
Union Station officials have decided to "go for more of the blockbuster shows." Article includes floor plan for the sub-basement which would increase the space for temporary exhibits from the current 6,000...
Fire Museum Making a Move
April 25, 2007
The Kansas City Fire Museum, now located at 1019 Cherry Street, is having to move. The proposed East Village redevelopment project is scheduled to be a part of the current location. The museum's vintage...
Fire Truck From Yesteryear Installed at Union Station
December 12, 2008
A cherry-red 1918 American LaFrance, "the oldest known example of a motorized fire truck that once saw service in Kansas City, was installed Wednesday in a new museum space at Union Station." The Kansas...
Former Mayor Stewart Dies at 74
August 22, 2010
Obituary for former Independence, Missouri, mayor Ron Stewart, 74, who served from 1994 to 2006. Before being elected mayor, Stewart was a District 1 councilman and also served in the Independence Police...
Funkhouser Shakes Up Park Board
June 12, 2007
Newly elected mayor Mark Funkhouser has appointed a new Kansas City park board. The members are John Fierro, Tyrone Aiken, Frances Semler, Aggie Stackhaus, and Ajamu Webster. Funkhouser "took a slap at...
Funkhouser Stands Tall
March 28, 2007
On March 27, 2007, the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri, elected Mark Funkhouser as mayor over his opponent Alvin Brooks. The count showed Funkhouser received 50.6 percent and Brooks 49.4 percent of the...
Garden at Theis Park to Be Built
March 14, 2007
The Kansas City Art Institute and others are planning to install a rain garden in the southwest corner of Frank A. Theis Park located near Volker Boulevard and Oak Street. "The nearly 5,500-square-foot,...
KC on Short End of Trails
June 30, 2007
Although Kansas City sprawls over 300 square miles, it only has about 25 miles of paved trails. Johnson County has more than 200 miles of paved city and county trails. KC has a plan to increase the trail...
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