Brookside will honor one of its own today.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
The late Leon Goodhart was a long-time Brookside business and property business owner and advocate for the area. He passed away in June 2012.
A ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. at the corner of 63rd Street and Brookside Plaza to dedicate a street as Leon Goodhart Way. (The dedication will be moved to Brookside Hairworks at 6312 Leon Goodhart Way, formerly 6312 Brookside Plaza, in case of rain or snow).
Goodhart spent the war years in a Polish labor camp with his mother, moving to the U.S. in 1949 and worked for his great uncle’s Country Club Shoe Store.
“America was the land I dreamed about,” Goodhart later told his children. He later took over the shoe business and operated it until he retired in the late 1990s, serving several generations over the years. He also owned and managed a chunk of property on Brookside Plaza, which is still in the family.
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