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Old 01-05-2013, 02:52 PM
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Greets all...
I have been doing some research for a while on the KC metro area...
I have been to just about every state, but never the KC area.
I am from Huntington,Wv originally.
I am 32 years old, I am into the metal/goth/electro music scene.. I am a musician myself.
For years I have always heard bad or mixed things about the KC area.
But, I have done a lot of research and it seems like I would actually enjoy it there.
Seems like a cheap cost of living, plenty of art type things... and people have seemed friendly.
I also have read that within 2 years, there will be a huge scheels store, and a huge IKEA there.
(Actually in Kansas, but still.)
Being that I am into the rock scene, and I love art.. and making indie films, things like that.
Is there a scene there for me?
If so, please could you give me some insight?
And if you would not recommend KC, where would you recommend?
Also, I am all about going out "on the town"
I have head horror stories about KC at night, and that it is not safe to go walking around?
I am not a prude, I have seen and done some crazy things, so a little crime makes life interesting.lol
But, is it like totallllyyyyy bad??? LOL
I think that getting stabbed for going to an art gallery, would ruin my day.
Also, I have heard that the "Power and Light" district, is really not that great... Details?
I know this is a long question, but I am very seriously considering this area...
ADDED NOTE: I also looked into Springfield... what would the commute be like from Springfield to KC for weekend shopping trips and such?
Or is Springfield really worth it? LOL... (Never been there either)
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:07 PM
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There's an indie/art institute vibe in Westport and W39th areas and large gallery district in Xroads part of downtown KC but not much of the goth/electronic thing as in the 90s - KC has a grit punk thing going lately. If you choose KC, you'll probably like the Westport area (Midtown KC) over downtown. And no, it's not that unsafe at night in central core... There is more demand by 20 somethings to live downtown than developers to keep up with demand. E Side is pretty bad but not entire city - downtown and midtown are very doable and I walk both at night and often take bus. Downtown/midtown violent crime is lower than central Minneapolis, DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and STL. There is still some but improving and very rarely random, usually domestic/someone they know. E Side is pretty bad with some of worst hoods in country, but is easy to avoid. Single white professional girly girls from the burbs continue to move into the city core - crime does happen in the city (as in any) but is still very functional with plenty of city amenities.

Here's a guide of the central corridor and Orange MAX bus line to give you an idea. I ride this bus line often at night BTW...
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:26 PM
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Xeno is pretty spot on. You don't really need to worry about getting stabbed going to a gallery. Crime is bad in certain areas (East Side) but you wouldn't have any reason to go there. In the rest of the city, you would little reason to worry about your personal safety.

The art scene in KC is very strong and the music scene is decent (there is a lot of musical talent in KC, but the support isn't always that great, causing many to take their careers elsewhere). I don't really know if KC has much of metal/goth scene, but it does have a strong tradition in more Math/Noise Rock.

You probably wouldn't like the Power and Light District - it is more for the dance club and frat boy set. You would probably be more interested in the Westport area.

I haven't spent much time in Springfield, but if things like art/music scene and night life are top priorities, I don't think it could really compete with KC. It is about a 3 hour drive.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:41 AM
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Cheers for the input guys.
For some reason KC seems to kinda draw me.
I plan on being there for a while next week.
Totally love noise rock too. Btw.
I will post and give my thoughts on how it all went.. ;p
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:56 PM
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Too bad you weren't in town this past weekend for First Friday art openings and Middle of the Map music fest.

What do you have on your agenda while in town? Need any recommendations? Hope you enjoy your time.
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