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Baltimore and Walnut Census Data

The census tracts containing Baltimore and Walnut at Armour Boulevard have changed demographically over time. In the 1950’s the whites dominated the neighborhood, while blacks and “others” were small in number. This could have been attributed to the redlining and restrictive covenants of the time. Over time, however, other races would populate the area. In 2000, the neighborhood would drop considerably in population. This makes sense due to the fact that many people (mostly white people) would move further south as the city sprawled. However, the white people would return and the population would rise in 2010.

Historic Sites along Walnut and Baltimore

On Armour and Walnut there are numerous large residential properties, some of them registered with the National Register of Historical Places. The reason behind this was that many of them were built by the Armour family in the early 1900’s. However, by the 1940’s most of the residents moved further south as the city expanded. By the wealthy elite moving out of the neighborhood, public entities moved in. For instance, the university’s Conservatory of Music moved into the C.W. Armour Mansion in 1944.

Due to the fact that that side of Main St. was developed, the other side was left vastly empty. Baltimore and Armour didn’t see much growth until the 1950’s, and the area is relatively less dense today. Today you can see old, large scale apartment complexes and empty commercial spaces with “For Rent” signs hanging in the windows.

During the research process, I found loads of information about the Walnut block, while the Baltimore side was lacking. A conclusion can be drawn to suggest that in Kansas City, we favor the history of the white, rich, and powerful, and leave the history of others forgotten.