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Old 09-29-2016, 09:12 AM
 
Location: The Windy City
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When I lived in the KC area, I didn't really think it was anything special. In reality, I was kind of ready to get out.

I moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area earlier this year and Kansas City is like a paradise compared to this place. I'm honestly sad that I'm not in Kansas City anymore.

Here are my reasons that I prefer KC:
  • Better summer weather
  • You can live in a nice place in the city, a cheap place in the city, or live in the suburbs
  • The suburbs of Kansas City have more character than the suburbs of DFW (think McMansions with a few 5' tall trees and small shrubs, although some suburbs look more run down than Raytown)
  • KC actually has some character. You know you are in Kansas City and not some random large city.
  • Lower cost of living with comparable salaries
  • Affordable homes (good luck finding a decent home in the $150-200K range in DFW that doesn't need major work)
  • Light traffic
  • You aren't too far from St Louis, Omaha, Minneapolis, and several cool towns in Missouri (good luck driving anywhere in Texas)
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:50 AM
 
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This sounds similar to my experience with Texas, though I was in Austin instead of DFW. I missed KC while in Austin, but I now miss Austin being in KC. It sounds like DFW is largely a downgrade for you, whereas Austin was a mixed experience for me. I liked Austin's urban mindset, but I hated the traffic and high cost of housing. I liked Austin's winters, but similar to DFW, the summers were long and grueling. Jobs were plentiful in Austin, but they were also highly competitive.

You're exactly right about adjacent cities. Unless you enjoy driving to another Texas city, you're not really close to anything else. I didn't mind that, but I could understand how this is bothersome, if you prefer to visit other cities besides Texas's. Flights options were nice though.

I wonder if all of Texas's largest cities are struggling with what you listed. They're all growing at a healthy rate. That makes traffic, housing affordability, and job competition tough. Had I lived in DFW instead of Austin, I believe I would've left Texas with a bad taste in my mouth. Instead, I look back fondly on my Austin days and can appreciate what both ATX and KC uniquely offer.
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:08 AM
 
Location: The Windy City
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I've been to Austin one time and really liked it. I don't think I'd live there, but it was a cool place to visit.
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Old 10-01-2016, 04:20 AM
 
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Plus, Texas is full of all those Texans. (I kid! Sort of.)

Austin's great, but it's having major growth-related problems: brutal traffic, soaring housing costs, etc. They're killing the golden goose in my mind.

I'm with you, Fish. DFW feels like a nameless, faceless parking lot. I grew up in L.A. and too much of Southern California feels the same way: ridiculously spread out and anonymous, like somebody keeps hitting the "copy/paste" function on an invisible keyboard and churning out identical strip shopping centers filled with Bed Bath & Beyonds and Dick's.

With KC, you feel like you are someplace. I like that.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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With KC, you feel like you are someplace. I like that.
As do I.

The city has character and a colorful past that is being celebrated once again.

And getting around it is a breeze, even though you pretty much have to drive everywhere (the streetcar and MAX notwithstanding).

Its resurgence and revival warms the cockles of this native's heart.
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Kansas City is great. I'm celebrating almost ten years as a transplant, and I've never moved anywhere that so instantly became home. We recently hosted a bunch of my family from my home state, who were in town for our son's first birthday, most of whom either hadn't been here, or only once, briefly, for our wedding. But everyone, as always, was incredibly impressed by all KC had to offer, and easily sees why it became home. It's wonderful.
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