Do you know the history of this Heart of Westport neighborhood block?

The 3900 block of Central is near the corner of Broadway and Westport Road, where the Corner Restaurant now stands. In the 1940s, when this photo was taken, the building appeared to house the headquarters for a Jackson County Sheriff candidate. As ...

How important is preserving the history and character of Westport?

The goal of a fundraising effort called Help Save Old Westport is to catalogue the significance of buildings such as Kelly’s Westport Inn (seen here in 1958), one of the oldest buildings in Westport. The survey would be a first step in ...

Do you remember this block of Westport Road from Broadway to Central?

The bank at the corner of Westport Road and Broadway looks much the same today as it did in this 1940 photo. The block it occupies looks much the same as well. Although businesses have come and gone, the block hasn’t changed much since ...

Expanded Broadway, Troost bus service to jobs, streetcar and entertainment

Courtesy KCATA. Buses on Broadway and Troost will run longer on Friday and Saturday nights, part of an effort by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to get people to and from work and entertainment venues. “Our new service ...

Westport Presbyterian Church invites community to celebrate its rebuilding

As the Westport Presbyterian Church reopens this month after a devastating 2011 fire, the church is inviting the community into its new space.  A weekend of activities from June 24-26, billed as Westport Rising: Open House Dedication Service, ...

Developer plans hotel on site of Westport’s notorious XO Club

The XO Club at 40th and Central, empty and covered with graffiti, could be torn down to make way for a new Mariott extended stay hotel. Westport neighbors have been meeting with a developer who hopes to make improvements to a site that has ...

Man charged for kidnapping, robbing woman in Westport

Charges have been filed against a man for kidnapping and robbing three women last weekend, including one who got into a stolen car she thought was an Uber ride in Westport. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, a Jamerl M. Wortham, 30, ...

 Do you remember this Nutterville block in Westport?

  Today, this block of Central Street is part of a complex of small offices known as Nutterville. But from the turn of the century to the 1970s the area was a residential district. The block between Archibald and 41st Street and between ...

Black history tour features Midtown locations

Erik Stafford’s Black History tours of Kansas City often bring people through Westport, where they learn the role African Americans played in the development of Kansas City. Stafford with some of his tour participants. Local historian ...

Do you remember the corner of Westport Road and Main Street?

While the block around Westport Road and Main Street has changed since 1940, the building at this corner remains. Today it is home to Oddly Correct; in 1940, it was the location of a Foster’s Shoe Store. The northwest corner of Westport Road ...