Urban Adventure: Kansas City, Missouri
You’ll never know about Kansas City since it has a habit of hiding in plain sight. Its boulevards are somewhat greater than that of Paris making it a really fun city to begin with. This is in Missouri, so don’t confuse it with the other one in TX. Some visitors also say that it pretty much matches the fountains that you can find in Rome… making it even more exciting to explore. So what are the things that we can do in the city? Follow me as I virtually guide you through this fascinating city known to hide itself from its visitors.
One of the popular stops in the city is the Downtown area encompassing places such as the River Market and the Central Business District otherwise known as “the Loop,” Crown Center, Crossroads Arts Center, and the Union Station. That’s pretty much a large area to cover in one day. By the 1980s and late 1990s, the area practically suffered from neglect, making it look like an abandoned city.
Then, gradually, the city area made a comeback transforming once haunted buildings and dead businesses establishments to sprawling new structures such as luxurious condos and apartments. In no time, Downtown became a highly sought residential area giving rise to crowd friendly urban establishments that you can now enjoy. Most locals and tourists frequent the Sprint Center sports arena to witness some spanking sports events and local entertainment shows too. In 2008, the “Power and Light” District opened along with many bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops. The lower floors basically cater to the public which is kind of fun as people tend to hop from one building to the other looking for the perfect fit or the next best wine concoction.
Thanks to the “Downtown Council” sort of your friendly police, the Downtown area is the city’s safest and cleanest part too. You can find the eclectic River Market in the southern portion of Downtown, famous for its wonderful shops, restaurants, and bars and also the “Saturday affair” of the farmers that bring their produce right to the table for anyone’s picking.
You can find World War I memorabilia in Midtown, particularly in the Union Station. You can look at the city from a higher vantage point by going to the Liberty Memorial, it comes with breathtaking view of the whole city from multiple points.
Another popular stop is the Country Club Plaza or simply “Plaza” as both the locals and tourists call it. Shopping here has an Spanish feel, think about open spaces or shops.
The city is designed to contain all the economic gears within the city center then, gradually allows nature’s clutches to take over. So as you drive through the city, you’ll see sprawling condos and suburbs before you see rural farms and pastures. It’s kind of when you get tired of the city and want to have fresh milk, just go on the outer skirts of the city to find the closest rural farmland offering freshest produce.
Kansas City is not a secret city after all, some just don’t know that it has resuscitated itself after many years of decline. Have fun.