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Old 02-14-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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You've gotten some good information about the neighborhoods directly abutting KCAI, but I'm inclined to agree with others that the area is a bit of a mixed bag. Keep an eye out for good properties, but I might also be inclined to look west.

If the girls lived somewhere in West Plaza with easy access to the 47 bus (which mostly runs down Roanoke in that area), they could take that pretty readily or have a very short drive and I'd personally feel all around safer. Or they could bike really easily!

A couple properties that would give you an idea of what's available in the area:
house in west plaza 5 minute walk (http://kansascity.craigslist.org/apa/2780871012.html - broken link)
Spacious West Plaza Duplex/Townhome (http://kansascity.craigslist.org/apa/2834173277.html - broken link)
Thanks for this info. They both look a little far away... She does have a bike but if she's carrying a portfolio it would be hard to bike without becoming airborne w/ the size of portfolio she has... or maybe she could get multi-use w/ the portfolio and use it like a sail.

My kid needs to learn how to drive!!! She has been extremely reluctant about learning to drive. She will learn this summer or learn to just use public transportation and her bike.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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They're really not that far at all -- you could walk to KCAI in only about 25 minutes; that's less than 10 on a bike.

I'm a hesitant driver; hate it actually and rarely do it, so I totally get where she's coming from -- I would just hate to see her live in a more questionable neighborhood because of that. West Plaza has a ton more well priced options in safe areas than the direct area around KCAI, so I do think it's worth considering.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:31 PM
 
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I wouldn't even consider the area if I planned on being outside after dark ever.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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I wouldn't even consider the area if I planned on being outside after dark ever.
Your loss.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I wouldn't even consider the area if I planned on being outside after dark ever.
I respect this. For some folks, there's not enough interest in anything in midtown to drown out the negatives and risks. Some people value safety, being at ease, not having to have to put up any extra guard over whatever benefit midtown living might provide, and not rubbing shoulders with shady people on a daily basis.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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I respect this. For some folks, there's not enough interest in anything in midtown to drown out the negatives and risks. Some people value safety, being at ease, not having to have to put up any extra guard over whatever benefit midtown living might provide, and not rubbing shoulders with shady people on a daily basis.
And some people sleep with a night light because it keeps the bogeyman at bay.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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And some people sleep with a night light because it keeps the bogeyman at bay.
That is an unfounded response and not a realistic analogy.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:49 PM
 
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^Everyone has their own comfort level. I'm in LA at the moment and rode the bus around the city for the last week. I feel much more comfortable riding the bus through Midtown/Downtown KC and even Troost than some of the buses I took in LA. There's no way I'd ride the bus at night in LA (city). I do it often in KC and think nothing of it.

That said, I wouldn't recommend a single suburban girl not hardened in the city to walk down Armour or parts of E Midtown that I've mentioned.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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That...unfounded..and not... realistic
Exactly. Kind of like saying you wouldn't consider ANYWHERE in midtown KC if you planned to go out after dark EVER.

Or like saying "I respect that"...(unhealthy level of fear and paranoia).
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Again, as others have said, Midtown is far too large an area -- not even really a "neighborhood" to make such sweeping generalizations about. I honestly can't imagine the person who'd be afraid of walking around my neighborhood at night, and it's considered Midtown.
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