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Old 12-31-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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The "pop" thing I definitely agree with you on. The whole "warsh, wush" thing I've only heard from a few people here (it's not as common as you would think). I remember my second grade teacher would always say "wersh up for lunch" and pronounced pupa "poopa". However she didn't have much of an accent or drawl of any kind (or at least none that I could identify).

My grandparents on my mom's side will say "wush" and "mizzur-UH", but they also don't speak in any identifiable dialect.
My grandparents were all natives or rural areas outside KC and said, "Mizzuruh", and then also "Hu-wah-yuh" for Hawaii, "My-yam-uh" for Miami, and probably some others.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Funny, but I don't think I've seen another city or metro area that uses "terrace" the way KC does. I guess it helps keep the street numbers down. If every street were a new number, you'd be up over 300th St. in south OP. Or maybe over 400th St.
There are number streets and terraces in Lawrence and Topeka, although I'd almost consider that part of KC. Up in Nebraska City, Nebraska, they have numbered "Streets" "Avenues" "Corsos" and Rues"
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:24 AM
 
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KC uses the street number system where 10 blocks equals about 1 mile. So if there is a road between the 1/10th mile mark, it will usually be called a terrace instead of street. Like a 23rd street and 24th street that is 1/10 mile apart but has a street in middle so will be called 23rd terrace.

The early street engineers were a little too geeky rather than practical. Some winding roads will change names or break up just so they are named to line up in straight line. Like Broadway will change names when it bends but go back to Broadway when hitting the same longitude line. Wornall breaks up too on other side of Plaza. Is just not intuitive.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:49 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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Thought I would bring this old post back from the grave.

I am not originally from the area, but have noticed two things that people say out here in the rural area near KC.

"We are going to the city this weekend" - Although I've heard this in other areas like NY and Chicago

"50 highway" - This still makes no sense to me. You wouldn't say "70 interstate"

The street system still makes no sense to me in KC. When I ask where something is to a native, they will give me a street number. I have no clue most of the time, except that lower numbers are north and higher numbers are south.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:42 AM
 
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The street system still makes no sense to me in KC. When I ask where something is to a native, they will give me a street number. I have no clue most of the time, except that lower numbers are north and higher numbers are south.
What's so strange about the street numbering? You find the same thing in New York, Chicago, Tulsa, OKC, Washington DC, Omaha, Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Phoenix, San Francisco, Nashville, Philadelphia, shall I go on?

Some are crazy regular (New York, Tulsa) and some are more irregular (Nashville, San Francisco) and they run all different directions. But the concept is extremely common. And if anything, it should be the easiest type of street system to comprehend. Am I wrong?
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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Street numbers (or patterns) are about as intuitive it can get. There are always some local configurations/exceptions to figure out but for the most part there isn't really a better system.

For KCMO, south of the MO River the numbers get larger as you go south. North of the River get larger as going north with a N or NW/NE notation. KCK starts from downtown KCK and numbers get larger going west. The rest of the metro burbs pretty much follow KCMO pattern.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:09 AM
 
Location: The Windy City
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Some are crazy regular (New York, Tulsa) and some are more irregular (Nashville, San Francisco) and they run all different directions. But the concept is extremely common. And if anything, it should be the easiest type of street system to comprehend. Am I wrong?
The thing with New York though is that the streets are very long and all run parallel to each other.

Many of the numbered streets in KC are rather short, only running from one street to the next. While some (like 75th street) run for miles. Also, instead of the streets continuing with the number, you'll have a random street with an actual name, then the numbering continues.

The highway system is also very confusing to me. After living in the area (well, about an hour from downtown) for over a year, I still only really know how to get to Independence and Overland Park.

Don't even get me started on St Louis roads.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:21 AM
 
Location: CasaMo
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What is confusing about the highway system? KC is one of the easiest cities to navigate via highway.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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The thing with New York though is that the streets are very long and all run parallel to each other.

Many of the numbered streets in KC are rather short, only running from one street to the next. While some (like 75th street) run for miles. Also, instead of the streets continuing with the number, you'll have a random street with an actual name, then the numbering continues.

The highway system is also very confusing to me. After living in the area (well, about an hour from downtown) for over a year, I still only really know how to get to Independence and Overland Park.

Don't even get me started on St Louis roads.
I get that it's annoying sometimes to deal with Independence Ave, Pershing, Armour, etc when it seems like they should be numbered, but they're named instead. But that's getting pretty picky.

As for the highways, if KC is difficult to understand, name a city that's easy.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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What is confusing about the highway system? KC is one of the easiest cities to navigate via highway.
Some of the highways turn into other highways. 470 randomly turns into 435, which also turns into 291. I-49 turns into 71.

I'm sure it's not confusing if you live in the area for a longer period of time, but to a newbie, it can be confusing.
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