J. C. Nichols and the Shaping of Kansas City
Innovation in Planned Residential Communities
Publication Year: 2093
Published by: University of Missouri Press
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...dential development in the United States is based on original re search using available company records from the J. C. Nichols Com pany, the Roland Park Company records at Cornell University, and the verbatim Proceedings of a series of annual conferences held in 1917-1919 on expensive subdivisions and chaired by Nichols. The ...
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Nichols graduates at the top of class at the University of Kansas and receives a one-year scholarship to attend Harvard University. and returns to the Midwest to look at land development possibil Nichols and his fraternity-brother partners, the Reeds, operating as Reed, Nichols & Company, sell land and some completed houses ...
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The availability of land for ever more intensive and economically productive use was a central feature of United States history from the beginnings of European exploration. The lure ofland ownership served as the single most important magnet for English and Euro nineteenth. In the last third of the nineteenth century, this hunger ...
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...were usually two separate business activities in the nineteenth cen tury. This differentiation was mainly the result of the types of work done and the businesses most closely related to these functions. In addition, the fact that land could be readily financed with a small having the land surveyed to be broken up into lots of sufficiently ...
2. The City of Kansas
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Thanksgiving morning, 1984, they discovered an entire section of the issue devoted to an analysis of the current importance and his torical background of the J. C. Nichols Company. The piece was of interest on that particular day partly because the centerpiece of the night be the focus of the city's most important rite of Christmas ...
3. The Country Club District
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Jesse Clyde Nichols started building houses in Kansas City, Kan sas, in 1903 with a small subdivision created by an earlier subdivider. It lay just north ofQuindaro Boulevard, one of the major roadways in the northern part of town. The Kansas River had flooded that homes in the river bottoms; Quindaro, though, was high and dry. ...
4. The Planning of an American Residential Community
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Cities are the handiwork of the real estate man. Whether our cities are It is the Realtor subdivider who is really planning our cities today, The similarity of these two statements is not a coincidence. Both speakers were interested in encouraging real estate brokers and agents to support the possibilities of what they understood as city ...
5. The Protection of the 1,000 Acres Restricted
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Many of his 1908 advertisements used the phrase that provides the chapter title above. What was implied by protection in this instance was not the strong-arm tactics of organized criminals; rather, it was the shielding of property values in certain residential areas from depreciation through gradual encroachment by lesser property val ...
6. The Essence of Planning for Permanence: The Homeowners' Associations
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...developers seated about the table. They were winding down a series of meetings in the late winter of 1919 about the future of their life's dow in the meeting room he could see just a hint of spring buds thought had occurred to him as the subdividers prepared to leave. would endure as he had hoped ifhis company went out of business. ...
7. Nichols and the Homebuilding Industry
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...architect offered his views on home design to a reporter for the company since 1919 and had witnessed all but four of the company's biggest years in the homebuilding business. The architect told the reporter that in the years since the inception of the Depression, American families had come to expect houses with more extensive ...
8. The Heart of the Planned Subdivision: The Shopping Center
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The impact of retail businesses locating near his subdivisions had worried Nichols when he first started large developments in 1908. people could drive several miles to shop where they wished. If the shops were well designed and sufficiently separated from the best residential sections, yet still relatively close by, shopping areas might ...
9. Advertising or Spirit Building? : Community Features in a Planned Subdivision
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There has been a vast deal of speculation by preachers and teachers of late on that familiar theme, "The Matter With America." None of them seems to have a cure-all for all the things that ail the rest of us, but there is one general conclusion on which all modern moralists agree. It is that Americans need to build their lives on a more solid ...
10. J. C. Nichols: The Man and the Myth
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American life." They constitute "one of the most significant contri butions to American urbanism as [they serve] to make real our most extravagant and lyrical fantasies." J. C. Nichols was not the first developer to use this controlled form of urban growth, but he was one of the most effective. Nichols was a great synthesizer of other ...
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Page Count: 352
Illustrations: maps, tables, 47
Publication Year: 2093
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth