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Old 06-08-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I would post the photos on here, but this forum doesn't like massive photo threads for some reason.

So here are links to a couple of photo threads I posted on another forum.

One is of urban housing in KCMO and the other is suburban office parks in OPKS. So it's quite a contrasting couple of threads.

URBAN Housing Photo Tour of KCMO - SkyscraperPage Forum



Overland Park, Kansas (Midwestern S U B U R B I A) - SkyscraperPage Forum



The KCMO photos focus on residential buildings, mostly outside of the central downtown area. There are many towers in the CBD that are residential that I didn’t include here.

The photos include areas like the River Market, Crossroads, Westside, Union Hill, Hyde Park, West Plaza, Plaza, Westport, Midtown, Brookside etc.

If you have any questions about any of the photos, feel free to ask. The area around StLukes Hospital is really booming with new condo construction. It’s like a totally different area than it was only a few years ago. I think everybody should take some time and drive around the core of KCMO and see how much is going on.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:33 PM
 
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These are very impressive photos. If more people (on a national scale) saw these photos, I think many misconceptions about KC would change.

The urban core of KC is really not any different than other established cities such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, Baltimore, or even parts of Boston.

With this type of pre-existing urban infrastructure/housing stock, I would think that all KC needs are more urban core residents to become the next "trendy hotspot" city (the next Denver/Portland/Seattle/Minneapolis).

It will be interesting to see how KC evolves over the next 5-10 years.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:32 PM
 
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Cool - if I ever move down there I think I need to seriously consider one of those urban spots. Both are nice but the urban places look much more interesting.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:59 AM
 
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The urban shots are great! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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But....why not post residential areas of Overland Park too, instead of residential KCMO and office park of Overland Park? So people can compare residential vs residential and office park vs office park? Of course, you can find good and bad in both.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:01 AM
 
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But....why not post residential areas of Overland Park too, instead of residential KCMO and office park of Overland Park? So people can compare residential vs residential and office park vs office park? Of course, you can find good and bad in both.
Because only an idiot would live in B O R I N G S U B U R B I A There are no interesting places to live, everything is B E I G E.

Just teasing you kcmo. I do like to look at your photos.

I love looking at all the interesting old architecture in KC. I love the old buildings that have been renovated and made into apts or condos.

I love to look at them, but I gotta tell ya, I got to feeling claustrophobic before I got to the end of the photos. I could do it for a short time (and will in Chicago next month) but for the long haul, I need the S P A C E between me and my neighbors that suburbia offers.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Floyd County, IN
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Because only an idiot would live in B O R I N G S U B U R B I A There are no interesting places to live, everything is B E I G E.

Just teasing you kcmo. I do like to look at your photos.

I love looking at all the interesting old architecture in KC. I love the old buildings that have been renovated and made into apts or condos.

I love to look at them, but I gotta tell ya, I got to feeling claustrophobic before I got to the end of the photos. I could do it for a short time (and will in Chicago next month) but for the long haul, I need the S P A C E between me and my neighbors that suburbia offers.
Space, eh?
You won't really find that in suburbia for the most part with houses on all sides.
I like my peace and quiet in the country on 12 acres of mostly woods. I can't see one neighbor
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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Space, eh?
You won't really find that in suburbia for the most part with houses on all sides.
I like my peace and quiet in the country on 12 acres of mostly woods. I can't see one neighbor
Agreed. We are moving next week and the houses in our new neighborhood are closer together than I would prefer, but I had to compromise on that a bit due to other factors.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:48 PM
 
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I love suburbia. I love the low crime, the manicured lawns, the newer houses and the upscale look. L O V E I T!!! Different stroke for different folks. I wouldn't live in an urban area if you paid me. My brother lives in a rural area and same there - he wouldn't live in the urban OR suburban area, and I would never live in the country. I wouldn't mind having some land out of the ciy IF I could have my house in the burbs and visit my country house. But live out there? Noooooooo. I like that if I forget to buy milk it only takes me 5 minutes to get to the store, not 45 minutes. Can't do urban. Can't do rural. Suburban fits me fine.

I grew up on 80 acres and knew then I didn't like country living.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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There is actually something wrong with both pictures.

The BOTTOM ONE is simply a corporate structure. Basically office buildings...looks like it could be anywhere, as a lot of grass and water next to it. SO you'd basically drive there...work in a cubicle...and then drive back out...nowhere nearby to eat lunch or shop or do errands or do much of anything. That lake looks incredibly corporate and dull and lifeless as well - no boats, no one enjoying it, just something to view from a cubicle window with nothing happening in it.

Same with the TOP PHOTO...but looks like an apartment building with a huge parking lot. Again, you have to get in a car, and go find something to eat or find stuff somewhere else.

TRUE URBAN LIVING...is where you can live, work, shop, enjoy the parks, etc. all in the same place...without NEEDING a car. That is the entire point of true urban living. Unfortunately NYC is the only real city like that in the U.S....but if you go to any other country in the world, you will find millions of convenient cities where you can live, work, shop in the same area. The U.S. has basically been zoned to death, where the idea seems so weird and foreign, that even when people do try to build buildings that resemble it, it still misses out on ALL of the REAL key ingredients necessary for it to actually work and be enjoyable.
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