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Old 05-07-2014, 04:52 PM
Location: Tampa - St. Louis
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I hear a lot of people say that St. Louis and Kansas City are similar, but I don't really agree. I think culturally, aesthetically, and demographically different.

Aesthetically, Kansas City feels much more like a Plains/Prairie city to me, the urban form and street layout is much more like Denver, Minneapolis, or Omaha. Clean square grids, frame houses, more space between houses, not as many alleys and gangways. St. Louis feels more like a traditional rust belt city/industrial river city, the city reminds you of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, with dashes of Chicago and Detroit. A lot more brick housing with flat roofs, closer together, more traditional commercial streets, get on top of a building in St. Louis and all you see is steeples and smokestacks.

Culturally, Kansas City has a more conservative vibe to it. St. Louis is slow to move on a lot of issues, but I think there is more room for true progressives in St. Louis. Example, we've had light rail for 20 years, Kansas City just broke ground on a streetcar this year. I feel that if Kansas City was more like St. Louis, Missouri would be a consistent blue state and we could get a lot more done in Jefferson City.

Demographically, St. Louis is a blacker city with more traditional white ethnic neighborhoods. Kansas City seems more western influence and has a larger much Hispanic population. St. Louis is also noticeably larger and denser.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:20 PM
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Don't really disagree with you on anything you said there except for Kansas City being more conservative. The city proper is very progressive. A lot of the conservative mindset in KC actually comes from the KS side of the metro, which would have nothing to do with Missouri state politics. KC is definitely slow to move. A lot of people stuck in their ways. I would also say the unfortunate thing about KC just now constructing the starter streetcar line is that KC in its hayday had one of the most extensive streetcar networks in the country running all over the city and into the suburbs until it sold its soul to the interstate system and car culture which led to the original streetcars getting shut down in 1957.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:55 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo
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I was watching tornado videos on youtube and there was a clip of St.Louis during a tornado warning and the siren was going off, it was a roof camera shot of the downtown area. It was starting to get dark and most of the city had lost power and there was a green fog or mist all around the area. One of the comments was " Wow, St.Louis really looks creepy " I had to agree, it looked like I was watching the end of a science fiction movie where a city got hit by nukes. Anyway, St.Louis is having it's 250th birthday this year and you are all invited to attend. Bring gifts.
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