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Old 03-08-2012, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Kansas City
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Since my comfort zone hasn't gone too far off the beaten path, I'm sure there is plenty more to come, but here's where KC has managed to shine so far, in my eyes at least:

Country Club Plaza: this neighborhood is Atlanta's Phipps Plaza, Seattle's Fifth Avenue, and Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Most of the stores are upscale and normally a guy like me would avoid the whole area, but I really felt comfortable here, it didn't at all come off as pretentious. I especially liked walking along Brush Creek and sittin by the big fountain, not yet in use, but spectacular to look at still, I already have a favorite horse.

Ward Parkway: a great drive or walk to look at the beautiful homes, which in many cities are hidden away from the "common folk", but Kansas City shares it or rubs it in, depending on how one looks at it. My buddy was driving about 25 so I could get a good look, in other cities a chorus of horns would have erupted on this busy Sunday afternoon, but Kansas Citians seemed to be forgiving of it, on this street anyway.

The Riverfront: we brought our lunch one day and despite gale force winds, had a great time walking along the river, which I hadn't heard much about, even on City Data, I can't wait until summer as it seems to be a popular place to jog/exercise....round trip to the casino and back is about 4 miles I'm told, a decent traffic free workout.

Little Italy: another area I hadn't heard a lot about, perhaps due to it's transitioning to Little Something Else, but much of the Italian flavor is still evident and my buddy wanted me to see it since I'm full-blooded Italian.

Zona Rosa: can't go without mentioning this because this is the area I'm currently calling home. I don't know much about the sentiment regarding the northland, but my buddy alluded to it not being desireable to people south of the river. I concede it has a newer suburbanish look to it w/ few city amenities, but it's fine for now and downtown is still only a 20 minute ride away. It's also very safe and clean and if anything, convenient to the airport.

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Old 03-08-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Fly Over Country
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I don't know much about the sentiment regarding the northland, but my buddy alluded to it not being desireable to people south of the river. I concede it has a newer suburbanish look to it w/ few city amenities, but it's fine for now and downtown is still only a 20 minute ride away. It's also very safe and clean and if anything, convenient to the airport.
Glad you're enjoying the town. I grew up in Northtown (do they still call it that?) & it's a different vibe than Plaza/Westport, but with traffic being the cake-walk it is in KC you can have the best of both worlds anytime. I worked at Commerce Bank downtown & lived near Gladstone Vivion/N. Oak area & my commute was maybe 15-20 minutes during rush hour.

BTW, how is Zona Rosa? I left for Orange County, CA in 96' & haven't been back since. I'd sell my soul to go back, believe me!
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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My buddy refered to it as "northland" a couple of times.

I'm so thrilled to be in Kansas City that I leave it at that, even though folks south of the river might not take it seriously. It IS boring and you have to drive everywhere, although there are sidewalks and it's walkable unlike Dallas suburbs. In the end though, the area is safe, the people are friendly, and there is almost little to no traffic unlike JoCo I'm told, so I guess we can't have everything.

Zona Rosa struck me as a planned outdoor mall setting which they could really add to if they put their minds to it: a park or museum. My buddy said it is sometimes refered to as the plaza of the north or something like that, I don't think it comes close to the ambience of the actual plaza.

Come on back, KC is waiting!
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Fly Over Country
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Come on back, KC is waiting!
Yeah the "exotic locale" vibe has worn away for me. If I can get out of the OC's grip, I'm back home
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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I was the same way, being born/raised in neighboring Illinois it had always been my goal to return to the simple life of the heartland. I don't wanna offend anyone, but the people of Seattle were just not my cup of tea. I've made 1/2 a dozen friends in the two weeks I've been in KC, the equivalent of a few years in Seattle. And I'm not doing anything different.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I'm an Illinois native, have traveled around, but always love the heartland the most of all.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Fly Over Country
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I don't wanna offend anyone, but the people of Seattle were just not my cup of tea.
Probably due to the influx of people from Southern Cali to Seattle
They really think they're the center of the universe.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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The SO and I are urbanite midwesterners at heart and few places could tempt us to move away from this region. We love the cities, the people and the cost of living certainly doesn't hurt either! I have no desire to live in a rural area (though a country house someday is definitely in the plan), but I don't mind that coasties think of this all as barren flyover country -- let them be ignorant and I'll keep this place all to myself.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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That's how I feel, too...I am completely okay with my favorite places remaining best-kept secrets.

Although I am completely pro-living in rural areas. Were the job market more conducive to doing what I do in a rural area/small town, I'd be there in a heartbeat (I'm not anti-cities, and suburbs, though, so it's okay). But I grew up in a rural area, and know the professional limitations in various fields.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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I went from being a lifelong Southern Californian to a Seattleite, and now I'm getting ready to move my family to KCMO. I sure didn't consider myself the center of the universe in Seattle. The trouble with making friends up here is something called the "Seattle freeze." Basically, it's an outgrowth of the Nordic and Russian cultures that underpin the Pacific Northwest. People here will be friendly, but that's all. It might take you 5 years to be invited to someone's house. I used to play a game where I made deliberate eye contact with people walking on the street in downtown Seattle, because it made them so deucedly uncomfortable that they would do anything to avoid my gaze. I stopped because it just seemed, well...cruel.

Anyway, we've lived on Bainbridge Island for 3 years, which is wonderful as a concept, but terribly boring if you actually like being around people. I don't mind the weather here, but the lack of personal warmth grates. I'm still amazed by the warmth and friendliness of the people in KC, something it's probably hard to properly appreciate if you grew up there.

It's exciting. We're going from a house in the woods to a loft in the Crossroads for a year. Full urban. It'll be an adventure. And yes, the cost of living is fairly lateral because of state and city taxes, and rents for the size of place we wanted were not that low, but oh dear lordy the prices to buy a home are low. Anyway, hi, soon to be neighbors!
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