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The Mixed Legacy Of J.C. Nichols

J.C. Nichols gave Kansas City the Country Club Plaza. Some say he also gave us racial segregation, mid-century white flight and the so-called Troost wall between white and black. We examine his influence, both in Kansas City and across the rest of the country.


  • Sara Stevens is an architectural and urban historian and a professor at the University of British Columbia.

Sara Stevens is giving one of many presentations at the 'Wide Open Town Symposium,' featuring historians and other presenters April 1 and 2 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Visit for more information. 

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Lisa Rodriguez is the news director for KCUR 89.3. Follow her on Twitter @larodrig.