This evening the fox decided to venture into the historic part of Brookside north of 55th street, to get an idea what life is like in that part of the neighborhood.
The walk was very pleasant, and nearly every house warranted a pause to admire its unique architectural details. People of all ages were out making the most of the cooler evening air, and as I walked, I found myself passing through the small moments of people’s lives as a contended observer.
A man mowing with his riding mower, a baby in his lap. Two thirty-something joggers passing by, discussing a recent purchase of some kind. A kid struggling to kick a soccer ball up the steep hill of his front lawn, frustrated by its continual rolling back down. A thirty- something mother with kids nearby, pulling a red wagon laden with two brand new traffic cones, taking them into her backyard. Two older men tossing bean bags in a game of cornhole in the side yard of a corner house, with several younger adults watching on. Later I walked by as a man was explaining to a groundskeeper that he wanted to drop off a birthday gift for his friend. The groundskeeper told him he could put it on the bear, and he’d give it to him later (there was a small bear sculpture on the front porch).
I am a stranger to all of the people I saw, so I had only my vulpine imagination to fill in the context of each of the little situations. I found it pleasant to speculate what life must be like in this neighborhood, and on this evening at least, there was richness on display in Kansas City. I often fight off critical or resentful feelings when in neighborhoods like this, but tonight, I mostly felt thankful for the richness being enjoyed in people’s lives, and glad to be a passer by.
Just a reminder to those of you in Brookside with Wednesday, Thursday or Friday trash pick-up that your service will be delayed a day this week.
In other exciting, trash related news, this week (5-10) is also “no tag” week meaning you can put out more than 2 bags of trash. Go crazy folks!
Good News, Brookside!
Those of us wanting more soccer in our lives have something to be very, very excited about. A few weeks ago, The Soccer Lot set up its outdoor 5-a-side soccer arena at Southwest High School (65th and Wornall). The arena was set up in about an hour and was open to pickup games for people of all ages.
I spoke with the man organizing the Soccer Lot project, and he says there are plans to install a permanent 5-a-side arena somewhere in Kansas City soon, with the location to be determined. The arena will have all-weather artificial turf, lights for night play, and bleachers for spectators. The temporary arena that came to Brookside is about the size of a basketball court and sets up on top of existing grass. There are boards similar to those used in ice hockey around the entire perimeter, with netting extending 8-10 feet above them, all around. This means the ball rarely goes out of play, and helps maximize playing time. Teams play 4 field players with one goal keeper, and the games tend to be fast-paced and conducive to quick passing and creative dribbling.
I’ll take a good pick-up game anywhere I can get it, with or without a 5-a-side arena. However, I think the Soccer Lot arena has the potential to bring together more people than would otherwise come out to play pickup. When set up, the arenas visually highlight the soccer potential of otherwise rarely used grassy areas, of which there seem to be quite a few in Kansas City. I hope the Soccer Lot can become a beacon for soccer players of all ages in our city, especially those of us who just want to get into a fun pickup game a couple times per week.
For more information about the Soccer Lot in Kansas City, check out their website at: www.thesoccerlot.com
Here’s a big lush tudor
With a bonus doors and denways!
I like the layers of thick glossy black paint on this one:
After a short break, Foxiest for Sale is back and people, I think we’re going to top it all this week. Today, we’re looking at 1028 w. 58th Street. This.House.Is.Amazing.
As the listing notes, this house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to my research, the house was built by the architectural firm Wight and Wight who also brought you such familiar buildings as the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City Hall and the Kansas City Life building among many, many others. This house, built in 1918, is a classic Greek Revival and is known as the George E. Nicholson House after it’s original owner.