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Old 12-31-2011, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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KCMO...i think you are correct in stating that we may be somewhat 'brainwashed'...the area we will be working in is located near the power and light district in KCMO and most people there tend to live on the KS side. I am trying to keep an open mind...and want to explore both sides.
Well, if you are working downtown and with everything you described as things you like (green space, nice topography, great schools), then I would concentrate on Platte County and the Park Hill District.

The commute to downtown from Platte County is probably the best in the metro. The drive into the city is typically wide open and you have 3-4 bridges to choose from to get into downtown so that spreads the traffic out crossing the river. From Liberty you pretty much have the Bond Bridge only. Although even the Liberty commute into the city barely slowed down during rush hour and so now with the new bridge it should be wide open, but anytime you have just one primary route, a crash can trigger big delays. Also getting out of downtown is easier when going to Platte County verse Liberty again because you have more options than the downtown loop and I-29/35 which probably still gets clogged up on the approach to the bridge in the evenings.


I-29 all the way from 152 to Briarcliff has all kinds of really nice areas set in rolling forested terrain and often around lakes and river bluffs. Check it out, It think you will really like it. It has many areas that will look very much like what you are used to back east and the Park Hill School District is highly ranked.

Check out this link for a basic idea of how the districts are laid out and their rankings, but don’t only use this as your guide. It’s a great place to start though. Notice the two Park Hill High Schools are ranked very high.

Metro Kansas City School Districts
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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KCMO...i think you are correct in stating that we may be somewhat 'brainwashed'...the area we will be working in is located near the power and light district in KCMO and most people there tend to live on the KS side. I am trying to keep an open mind...and want to explore both sides.
Well, if you're going to work in KCMO and pay earnings tax, you might as well LIVE in KCMO and get to enjoy that money being used.

When I was working in Kansas City our office had a mixture of "long time locals" and people who had transferred in from elsewhere. I always found it interesting that all the locals either lived North of the River or in Lee's Summit and the transferees all lived in JoCo. One woman (a transferee) lived in quite a swishy area of Leawood and always lamented her drive to the airport. I told her once she should have bought a house at Riss Lake or Tremont (this was before The National). It would have been just as nice.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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Is it true that JOCO is a smoke free environment (restaurants)? I looked up the MO side and it seems that some counties have certain restrictions, but not a total ban. Where we live there is absolutely no smoking in any restaurant. This is something we have become accustomed to and quite enjoy. Thoughts.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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I'm pretty sure smoking is bannined in all public places across the metro area. There may be a couple of small suburbs that still allow it, but the metro area is pretty much smoke free. I think there some suburbs have exceptions like bowling alleys and I'm not sure about the casinos.

Now when you get outside the metro area, I think MO counties are more okay with smoking as there is no total ban in the state while I think there is in KS.

But the urban areas are pretty much smoke free.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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the metro area is pretty much smoke free. I think there some suburbs have exceptions like bowling alleys and I'm not sure about the casinos.
You can smoke inside the casino itself but not in the restaurants, although Ameristar also has a no-smoking area inside the casino.

I know you used to be able to smoke in restaurants in Gladstone (it was very odd to be asked "smoking or non?" - not used to that any more) although that might have changed as I noticed Smokehouse BBQ on North Oak is now all non-smoking.
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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You can smoke inside the casino itself but not in the restaurants, although Ameristar also has a no-smoking area inside the casino.

I know you used to be able to smoke in restaurants in Gladstone (it was very odd to be asked "smoking or non?" - not used to that any more) although that might have changed as I noticed Smokehouse BBQ on North Oak is now all non-smoking.
yea, I think gladstone, mo and merriam, ks were two of the last suburbs that didn't have a total ban. It does throw you off when you are asked smoking or non-smoking. I too remember going up to smokehouse for lunch one day and getting asked that. Same with the ihop in merriam. Both intances were years ago though, so they may have bans now.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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Did you ever move here? If so, did you pick a place that you want to share? We are looking to relocate, right now we live in the metro but would prefer a place more quiet, rural. Where we can get more for our money.
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