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Old 02-05-2011, 03:29 AM
 
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I have spent significant amounts of time in both cities and I can tell you that while I love Kansas City, it's no Denver.

It has no ethnic food scene to speak of and the biggest difference is that the city of Denver doesnt have abject poverty inside of it. Once you cross Troost you know for sure that you are in a different hood, literally. There is no segregated demarcation line in Denver whereupon you know you are in for some **** at night - whereas in Kansas crossing over the Paseo and then Troost you know you are in for something - and its usually not good.

Yes KC has a better BBQ scene than Denver, but KC is not a major metropolitan city like Denver is. Their downtown closes early, and people just flat out do NOT live downtown. The P&L district may be changing that somewhat, but the majority of downtown is dead after 5pm, VERY similar to what Denver was like in the 80s.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I just want to add that I like Kansas City, but I just don't think I could live there again. It reminds me far too much of Phoenix as far as it's culture goes (although with less Mexican or Native American influence.) I hope it improves in the next several years as much of my family lives in the KC area, but I as it stands, I wouldn't trade Denver for any other city in the country. Faults and all.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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I spent two weeks in KC in the summer of 1991, and enjoyed it. I stayed in an old garment factory turned into a loft-style hotel, it was superbly done. It was across the street from a bar/club that had some jazz in the evenings, another club down the street with jazz and blues, plus a few blocks further along there was a Folger's coffee plant that always had a great aroma of roasting coffee. I walked all over town on the weekend I was there, went up in the tower of City Hall and enjoyed my two weeks there just fine. We made it a point to visit the legendary BBQ joint run by Arthur Bryant and a few others.

When we went back in 2006, we ate at Bryant's and KC Masterpiece and found it excellent too, but IIRC on that trip to KC in 2006, the hotel was torn down for some reason and Folger's may no longer be roasting coffee there.
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:32 PM
 
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Quite a pssng match we have here. Having spent a lot of time in KC and living in Denver, I'd say they are more alike than they are different, compared to other US cities. They do have plenty of differences, and I favor Denver overall, but some of the posts here are a bit overboard. KottkeKU probably had the most accurate post that I read.

By the way, since when did it become desirable to live in as liberal a city as possible? Free stuff for everyone, the government is responsible for my shortcomings, hope, change, rah, rah, rah.
You just made my entire point in approximately 1/10 of the space that I used. If Denver was half the glamazon that some people pretend it to be, I wouldn't live here.

Thank you.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I think most people just find a lot more that they like about Denver than they dislike. I don't hear that many people suggesting Denver is some super cultural mecca of the world. It does have it's own unique culture, though, and it's own unique benefits. They aren't always immediately apparent, but the more time spent here, the more apparent it becomes. I've stated many times that it's a place where conservative ideas and progressive ambitions seem to meet with quite a bit of civility. Guns and art, church and taxes, free enterprise and social work are not mutually exclusive here in the way that many other cities seem to want them to be. I don't find most of the posts to be particularly overboard at all except when they suggest that Denver is just like cities a, b, c, d, e, f and g in our country. Denver has it's own quiet, clever charm. It's a bit of a quirky place.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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I liked Zenkonami's description of Denver. It really is a unique place where people of all persuasions seem to coexist nicely. I'm currently in the military and go where the orders say to go. I've been fortunate enough to be stationed in San Diego, Monterey, and soon, near Washington D.C. These are great locations to live and enjoy, but when my time with the Marines is up, I'm going to have the bags packed and will be moving back to Denver.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I stopped in at Brothers on 6th Ave. a few days back.. which leads me to a rather vexing question. How many BBQ joints in KC are selling alot of tofu? BBQ tofu... that's just freaking wrong.
Brothers BBQ is Denver's Best BBQ Restaurant. Award-winning barbeque dining and catering in Denver, Colorado.

Anyway good luck selling the whole KC is similar to Denver thing....LOL
lol! I'd try BBQ tofu, but in KC, it wouldn't fly. People tend to like their meat in KC.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Quite a pssng match we have here. Having spent a lot of time in KC and living in Denver, I'd say they are more alike than they are different, compared to other US cities. They do have plenty of differences, and I favor Denver overall, but some of the posts here are a bit overboard. KottkeKU probably had the most accurate post that I read.

By the way, since when did it become desirable to live in as liberal a city as possible? Free stuff for everyone, the government is responsible for my shortcomings, hope, change, rah, rah, rah.
Hmmm... as a liberal, I prefer living in a liberal city. After spending a decade on conservative Orange County, Denver has been a breath of fresh, liberal air.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I don't think anyone can deny (whether in KC or here) that Denver is simply a larger, more urban, higher profile national city than KC. Denver is probably more directly comparable with Minneapolis / St Paul in the Midwest than KC, or any other city in the Midwest other than Chicago (which obviously is in whole other category -- we'll leave dying cities like Detroit out of the comparison). It's not really an insult to KC to say that it's simply not a peer city of Denver.

That said, I was actually surprised at what KC DOES have to offer after visiting there. It's definitely not a dead or dying city. It does have a very impressive skyline for the profile of the city (less boxy than Denver's certainly), and some really interesting historic architecture and neighborhoods. I think most people's impression of KC is that it's bland, sprawled-out, etc -- and though it is sprawled out, once you get into the city proper there IS quite a bit there.
The Plaza is definitely unique (and surrounding neighborhoods) and offers a unique, urban vibe. I suppose Cherry Creek is Denver's Plaza, but other than comparing the shopping experience, The Plaza is by far superior. Midtown and the Westport area is pretty nice too, if you want to live in an urban environment.. plus it's cheaper than say Uptown (in Denver) if you're looking to buy or rent. People who've never been to KC are shocked when the see The Plaza!
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Laguna Beach CA./Denver CO.
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lol! I'd try BBQ tofu, but in KC, it wouldn't fly. People tend to like their meat in KC.
I have stayed on a complete vegetarian diet several different times, but have always hated (TOFU). My ex used to grill tofu quite a bit..I don't know what smells worse IMO; tofu on the grill or burning tires. Ya, but that was my point, BBQ tofu would not fly in KC. Today grilling means burgers and steaks..no longer am I living in those dark days of tofu and Boca burgers.

To your other post above..I have heard about the Plaza from several different people, and that it is very upscale. Makes sense as KC has one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation. Another thing I like about KC that we don'thave here..kinda wierd and random..but I love seeing fire flys at night.
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