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Old 12-29-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: KC
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We are a west coast family from vancouver bc, and have been here for 10 years. There are pluses and minuses to living here in the metroplex.If coming from boston to the kc metroplex expect to be in culture shock for awhile until you adjust to the local prevailing attitudes.This is not a cultural nirvana with a plethora of ethnic stores, music , or shopping for trendy items so be prepared .There are pockets of culture .But IMHO few and far between.As the previous threads mention a gaggle of malls , strip malls , and other boring venues await you. Check schools very carefully, if your a lib you will be right at home.If you lean towards conservative views, you will find yourselves constantly locking horns with the liberal biases of the local school systems. Knowing what we do today , I would have homeschooled our 2 kids , than subject them to the ******* brainwashing of the top school system in missouri.

If this quote doesn't blow up all pre-conceived notions about political beliefs always matching the typical social and cultural desires, I don't know what would.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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If this quote doesn't blow up all pre-conceived notions about political beliefs always matching the typical social and cultural desires, I don't know what would.
Kind of what I was thinking!
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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I'd just like to point out, once again, that I never told the OP not to look in Johnson County. I told him that I personally preferred the northern part of the county, which falls into the very well respected Shawnee Mission School District. If they were to find southern OP not quite to their likeing, it seemed a service to mention that Johnson County is a large county with much to offer anyone looking for a place to raise their family.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:51 PM
 
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If you want newer housing and the car oriented suburban model, OP and Leawood are nice, well planned cities. Lenexa is attractive also and topographically quite beautiful (subdivisions kind of carved out into hilly and wooded areas). If you prefer older housing (20s 30s) in more established, less horridly sprawling environment, northern Johnson County cities such as Fairway, Westwood, Countryside, and even old Leawood and Prairie Village are will planned cities and closer into to the city. Much more charming area in my opinion. Then again, I grew up in OP and hate suburbia and have lived in Chicago for 20 years. If I were moving back to KC, I'd live in Brookside, Valentine or on the Plaza, but I don't have kids and given the KCMO school district is a disaster probably not a good option unless you can afford private schools. As far as suburbs go though, Johnson Country is superior to some other large metro suburbs I've seen. The Shawnee Mission school district was always top of the best lists when I was growing up.

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Old 01-19-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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Really? OP is kind of known for it. Look at the google street views for 135th and Quivira or 119th and Metcalf -- you can't see anything from the street.
Why do I need to look at Google streets? All I have to do is drive down the streets. Like I said, I've never had a problem; that is my personal experience. YMMV. If one must have endless strip malls I much prefer they not crowd the street, or, if you will the OP/Olathe layout to what is in the Chicago suburbs. or the older closer-in strip strip-malls (1970's era) in KCMO where there is often not enough parking.
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