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J.C. Nichols: Controversial Community-Builder

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One of the names most closely associated with Kansas City is J.C. Nichols-- for good or bad. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about this creator of the Country Club Plaza and what his critics say about him. We also examine what the city gained – and some say lost – due to the efforts of this one man.

Guest:

  • Bill Worley, author of J.C. Nichols and the Shaping of Kansas City: Innovation in Planned Residential Communities and The Plaza: First and Always.

HEAR MORE: Bill Worley speaks at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Antioch branch of the Johnson County Public Library. He also speaks at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. 

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.