The Brookside Story: Shops of Every Necessary Character

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-22
  • Publisher: History Pr
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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 giving the community everything it could want and need since 1919, helping it weather economic turbulence, natural disasters and dramatic changes. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Sources and Acknowledgementsp. 9
Before 1920: Planning for Permanencep. 13
Jesse Clyde Nichols: A Brief Biographyp. 16
The Station Buildingp. 19
Catalogue: The Nichols Principlesp. 21
The 1920s: "Shops of Every Necessary Character"p. 23
The Country Club District Neighborhoodsp. 28
Cowherd-Built Homesp. 30
Catalogue: A Retail Menup. 32
The 1930s: An Investment Pays Offp. 35
Harry Jacobs, Brookside's Southside Developerp. 37
Minding the Stores: The Brookside Business Associationp. 40
Catalogue: The Brookside Doctorsp. 44
The 1940s: Brookside Comes of Agep. 47
Fashionable Brooksidep. 48
Brookside's Roads and Railsp. 51
Catalogue: Architectural Styles and Influencesp. 55
The 1950s: Boomer Days in Brooksidep. 59
One Family's Enterprise: The Country Club Shoe Storep. 61
The Dwellers Upstairsp. 65
Catalogue: Childhood Hauntsp. 67
The 1960s: "The Courteous Shopping Center"p. 69
The Road to Nowhere: The Country Club Freewayp. 72
Rags, Brookside's Favorite Residentp. 75
Catalogue: Brookside Grocers Through the Yearsp. 77
The 1970s: Uneasy Timesp. 81
The Curtain Comes Down on the Brookside Theatrep. 83
The Dime Storesp. 87
Catalogue: Best Brookside Business Namesp. 91
The 1980s: The Main Eventsp. 93
The St. Patrick's Day Warm-up Paradep. 94
The Brookside Art Annualp. 97
Catalogue: The Gaslights, Symbols of Brooksidep. 100
The 1990s: The End of the Nichols Erap. 105
The Wednesday Magazine, Brookside's Hometown Paperp. 107
Home-Based Brookside: The House Conversionsp. 109
Catalogue: Brookside Gas Stations Then and Nowp. 111
The 2000s: Home Rulep. 115
Locally Owned: BKS Real Estatep. 116
Public Policy at Work: The Overlay District and the CIDp. 118
Catalogue: Brookside's Oldest Businessesp. 122
Bibliographyp. 125
About the Authorp. 127
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