"Live on Either Side" Top 5 Page for this destination Kansas City by BruceDunning

Kansas City Travel Guide: 706 reviews and 1,612 photos

City skyline

The city is trying to become more progressive and upgraded. They have made a big effort in downtown KC in last few years. The only thing is the debt is a big overhang to have to payoff, or go bankrupt. The original fame came from cattle feed lots and slaughter. That now is out in Kansas towns. Railroads was, and is, a strong trade for the area. It has 200,000 trains coming through annually and is the 2nd largest in volume transport of goods.
The Kansas side has most of the upscale homes and businesses. Unfortunate for the downtown of KC because they need a better/bigger tax base. The inner city is run down, and getting worse.

2nd largest perimeter in the US

I recall this statement that the area encompassing KC is second only to Jacksonville in total area. The outerbelt I-435 is about 60 miles around

Spheres to the Aliens

This is the contemporary convention built about 15 years ago now. It is a structure that most new people into town think is bzarre. They are right. The buildings, themselves are nondescript. The towers on top are the identifying points.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice decent sized town and easy traffic flow
  • Cons:Not a lot to do in the area
  • In a nutshell:Good city to grow up the family
  • Intro Updated Mar 7, 2009
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  • HeshamMA's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Very nice reviews and info , well done !

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    net a couple of ladies/nurses from KC at the Santiago, Chile conference I went to in November and they were a delight to meet...hence the interest in coming to get an idea of where they live...thanks for the info and all your photos

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    Me again, coming back to read some more of your Kansas City tips that I didn’t see the first two times. I hadn’t realized KC was such a spread-out city. I think I must have gone through KC on the train in earlier years, on the way to New Mexico.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    One of these days I've got to get to Kansas City( always loved the song)Great pages!

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2010 at 3:23 AM

    Kansas is in my travels wish list Buenos viajes !!!

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    I used to have a friend that lived in K.C. and visited several times, but never found enough to make a VT page out of....must have missed a lot, you certainly have a nice page

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Fantastic info! We loved it here. Ate at Jack Stacks and hung out at the Power and Light District. Saw a Royals game also.

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Great page, thank you for sharing! It seems like a nice city to visit. Have you ever seen a tornado in the city?

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Loved the fountains. Spectacular.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    I shall come back Bruce!

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