Reporting and opinion writing from the Philadelphia Inquirer, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and other points in my career.
Saturday, April 28, 1984
K.C.'s lost "Black Rialto"
Count Basie's death occasioned this look at the storied neighborhood
of 18th and Vine, once one of the jazz centers of America, but in the
1980s a desolate stretch of empty lots and old brick buildings housing a
handful of stubborn businesses. Nowadays, I've read, 18th and Vine has
been revived as a thriving tourist and entertainment center, with a
hall of fame for KC jazz players and Negro League baseball. I'd like to
think that articles like this one helped keep the memory alive.