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Community Builder: The Life and Legacy Of J.C. Nichols

Community Builder: The Life and Legacy Of J.C. Nichols
56:44 | 2006

Categories: Biography, History, Arts and Culture, Documentary

COMMUNITY BUILDER: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF J.C. NICHOLS is an hour-long historical documentary about the life and work of visionary Kansas City land developer, Jesse Clyde Nichols, 1880-1950. Nichols' greatest achievement is Kansas City's Country Club District, in which Nichols constructed the largest contiguous planned community in the U.S. The crown jewel of the district is the Country Club Plaza, built in 1922. That area, with its multiple parking lots, was the first modern shopping center in America. The methods and philosophies Nichols championed are now being used by architects, planners, and developers to build towns and combat sprawl. These "New Urbanists" have found a godfather in J.C. Nichols. This film was nominated for an Emmy Award, and has aired more than 100 times on PBS stations in 75 cities.

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