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The Brookside Story: Shops of Every Necessary Character

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Brookside's burgundy-and-blue-striped awnings represent both a quaint corner of Kansas City where you can tread the creaky wooden floors of the Dime Store and a pragmatic philosophy that changed the way America planned its cities. Renowned developer J.C. Nichols's "plan for permanence" was built on his conviction that if a community could offer its residents everything they would want and need, build to high standards and plan for future growth, the community would last. The Brookside shopping district has been ...

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Overview

Brookside's burgundy-and-blue-striped awnings represent both a quaint corner of Kansas City where you can tread the creaky wooden floors of the Dime Store and a pragmatic philosophy that changed the way America planned its cities. Renowned developer J.C. Nichols's "plan for permanence" was built on his conviction that if a community could offer its residents everything they would want and need, build to high standards and plan for future growth, the community would last. The Brookside shopping district has been giving the community everything it could want and need since 1919, helping it weather economic turbulence, natural disasters and dramatic changes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596293007
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 774,852
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

For the last thirty years, LaDene Morton has lived and worked in the Brookside area, including ten years as a tenant in Brookside and later serving as project manager to the Brookside Community Improvement District. For those same thirty years, she has worked in the field of community development research and analysis and spent her career studying how communities like Brookside work. In addition, her historical novel, What Lies West, was a 2010 finalist for the WILLA Literary Award, presented by the writers’ association Women Writing the West.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7

Sources and Acknowledgements 9

1 Before 1920: Planning for Permanence 13

Jesse Clyde Nichols: A Brief Biography 16

The Station Building 19

Catalogue: The Nichols Principles 21

2 The 1920s: "Shops of Every Necessary Character" 23

The Country Club District Neighborhoods 28

Cowherd-Built Homes 30

Catalogue: A Retail Menu 32

3 The 1930s: An Investment Pays Off 35

Harry Jacobs, Brookside's Southside Developer 37

Minding the Stores: The Brookside Business Association 40

Catalogue: The Brookside Doctors 44

4 The 1940s: Brookside Comes of Age 47

Fashionable Brookside 48

Brookside's Roads and Rails 51

Catalogue: Architectural Styles and Influences 55

5 The 1950s: Boomer Days in Brookside 59

One Family's Enterprise: The Country Club Shoe Store 61

The Dwellers Upstairs 65

Catalogue: Childhood Haunts 67

6 The 1960s: "The Courteous Shopping Center" 69

The Road to Nowhere: The Country Club Freeway 72

Rags, Brookside's Favorite Resident 75

Catalogue: Brookside Grocers Through the Years 77

7 The 1970s: Uneasy Times 81

The Curtain Comes Down on the Brookside Theatre 83

The Dime Stores 87

Catalogue: Best Brookside Business Names 91

8 The 1980s: The Main Events 93

The St. Patrick's Day Warm-up Parade 94

The Brookside Art Annual 97

Catalogue: The Gaslights, Symbols of Brookside 100

9 The 1990s: The End of the Nichols Era 105

The Wednesday Magazine, Brookside's Hometown Paper 107

Home-Based Brookside: The House Conversions 109

Catalogue: Brookside Gas Stations Then and Now 111

10 The 2000s: Home Rule 115

Locally Owned: BKS Real Estate 116

Public Policy at Work: The Overlay District and the CID 118

Catalogue: Brookside's Oldest Businesses 122

Bibliography 125

About the Author 127

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