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View Poll Results: What is Kansas City?
Midwestern 94 61.44%
Transitional from Midwest to West 53 34.64%
Western 6 3.92%
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:56 AM
 
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I have heard it said by people around the Eastern edge of the Midwest and the Southeast that Kansas City has more of a Western vibe than Midwestern. I find this an odd notion considering Kansas City is almost right in the middle of everything, with influences from all directions thus making it a TRUE Midwest city (I mean you're practically as far from the Atlantic and the Pacific).

For me, the transition to the West begins in the Great Plains. Not in Kansas City or even anywhere in Missouri. We can say places like Rapid City are transitional Midwest to West cities but KC to me is the Midwest and as Midwest as it gets.

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Old 01-11-2017, 06:04 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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The Rockies are some 600 miles away, so no.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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I think Kansas City is Midwestern
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:27 AM
 
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When I moved to KC from the east coast in the 1980s, I sensed KC had a different character from the cities I was used to, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It was only when I spent a weekend in St Louis that the mystery was solved: St Louis felt like an east coast city to me, distinctly different from KC. KC is definitely a gateway city to the west.

I know the term is overused, but it Kansas City is a fantastic city that flies under the radar. Though I left there in the mid-1980s, I've gone back a handful of times since then, most recently 2 years ago. The city continues to improve.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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I just had a layover there on the way from DC to home of Dallas. Their airport is abyssal. I can see it having just a touch of western flair. But it's midwest all day I think.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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The difficult part of defining regions in the U.S. is the sheer size and diversity of country.

I would peg KCMO as a Midwest, but I've never visited so who knows. Hopefully I'll get to one day, I have a positive perception of that city.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I consider it transitional.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:14 AM
 
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When I moved to KC from the east coast in the 1980s, I sensed KC had a different character from the cities I was used to, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It was only when I spent a weekend in St Louis that the mystery was solved: St Louis felt like an east coast city to me, distinctly different from KC. KC is definitely a gateway city to the west.

I know the term is overused, but it Kansas City is a fantastic city that flies under the radar. Though I left there in the mid-1980s, I've gone back a handful of times since then, most recently 2 years ago. The city continues to improve.
What felt Western about it to you?

Does KC have some kind of High Plains cowboy culture? Could KC fit in Colorado or Wyoming? Or maybe it could be in Utah?
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:19 AM
 
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I consider it transitional.
How so?
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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KC, MO is Midwest and KC, KS is Western...hey, it has to start somewhere
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