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Old 12-19-2012, 11:32 PM
 
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Hello, we are moving to Kansas City from Vienna Austria. We have two small kids (3 and 1 year old). We know nothing about the city (we read a bunch of info online). Could you please recommend a nice family neighborhood. Ideally we need to be close to the bus and food shopping. In the beginning we will only have one car.

Thank you for your help
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:39 AM
 
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You mentioned living near bus. US public transit is nowhere near Euro level and KC's is lower than US average. KC suburbs have very little, KC, MO has some in burbs but more lines in the city. With kids, is good you'll have a car.

Check system map here, most lines don't run very often...
System Map | Maps and Schedules | KCATA

This line is one of better to live along and runs often, you may be interested in neighborhoods at S end of this line...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1238514/pics/bus/maxmwk.gif

With kids, city areas to consider are S Plaza, Ward Parkway to Brookside area (S end of bus line shown above). Also check Volker/Roanoke/Coleman Highlands on W side of Midtown. You'll want private or magnet schools though, not the KC School District schools. Search for other threads on schools. The Plaza area is a major outdoor shopping district in Spanish/Moorish architecture. And Brookside has a lot of neighborhood shops a bit closer to a Euro scale.

In the burbs bus is minimal but since you will have a car, areas to look are Parkville, Riverside and KC North in general - all North of MO River/downtown with good schools in some areas. Or Johnson County on KS side for more traditional American sprawling suburbia. JoCo has good schools and more high end retail, not really any culture other than a culture of consumerism.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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Thank you very much! Very helpful!
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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With kids, city areas to consider are S Plaza, Ward Parkway to Brookside area (S end of bus line shown above).
That's definitely KC's urban middle class baby-belt. Almost everywhere else is in town is fairly young/childless, or fairly lower income, or -- in the subrubs -- totally devoid of transist options. But having 1 car should be enough to feel comfortable being fairly expansive in your search.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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I think Xeno is pretty spot on. The Main St. MAX would be the best bus line in the city to live nearby. It hits most of the key areas and runs more frequently and quickly than other busses.

The best spot on that line for a combination of being family friendly and have fairly good walkability and access to transit would be near the 63rd St and Brookside Blvd stop. However, that area is mostly owner occupied single family housing, so if you are looking for a rental, you may have limited options.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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I think Xeno is pretty spot on. The Main St. MAX would be the best bus line in the city to live nearby. It hits most of the key areas and runs more frequently and quickly than other busses.

The best spot on that line for a combination of being family friendly and have fairly good walkability and access to transit would be near the 63rd St and Brookside Blvd stop. However, that area is mostly owner occupied single family housing, so if you are looking for a rental, you may have limited options.
I think you might be surprised how many rentals there are in Brookside.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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Try to get a second car and live either North of the River MO or in Johnson County KS.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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If you live in north kansas city, it has it's own bus system, there's a community center/library/park/grocery store/bakery/few restaurants/hospital/police station

anyways, I've like living in NKC and while I'm a little outside of it at Gladstone because house is cheaper/bigger away from there, if I could get same house in NKC for similar price, I would have.
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