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KC Co-thread: A tale of three "centres"

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#1 Suburban "town centre"... Legends
Considering that most of suburb america is currently converting to these, it makes sense to cover it in photos. Honestly, I think a lot of the town centres are really nice... I'd just prefer that they were a) near the center of something and b) within an actual town
















FYI... it was early so nothing is open yet






this place is way cool... a prototype restaurant from the Rainforest Cafe people













#2 Urban area shopping district... The Plaza
This one is WAAAY more my style. Great area, and close to the city, but still nice and quiet (and rich). Still you wonder what could've happened if all of these amenities were incorporated into downtown.


good info


























I love how there's everything but a car at this intersection





#3 Downtown Kansas City
First and foremost, my congratulations to KC on the Power and Light district... that's probably the best-kept secret in the US right now. I can't wait for my next trip when I have more time to hang out there The downtown here is really wonderful, and starting to "re-diversify" after the long suburban motivated drought of residential and retail.
































looking back towards Liberty Memorial and Crown Center








the reason for my trip wasn't photos, it was my brother's graduation


congrats bro




Sprint Center equals









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I've flown over KC a number of times. Nice to finally see it from the ground. Thanks for the photos.
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Nice - love the downtown pics.

Congrats to your brother. What school did he graduate from?
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Nice - love the downtown pics.

Congrats to your brother. What school did he graduate from?
From Blue Springs High School. It was a huge graduating class, too... like over a thousand kids!!
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^^ haHA. I was there. A niece graduated. There were not 1000 grads. More like 520. Still big.

Great pictures. I don't agree with some of your comments, especially vis a vis the Plaza (which you mistakenly called Westport, an adjacent, but very different part of KC). When the Plaza amenities were added (1920's-1930's) they did not detract from downtown; the major department stores, retaurants, hotels were still downtown, and remained there for decades. It was the general depopulation of the city that caused the downtown stores to close in the 1960's-1980's. The biggest hotels ( if not the nicest) are still downtown. Even if the Plaza didn't exist, KC's downtown retail would have probably withered and died, just like most of its peer cities.

Sorry to sound like a school marm. Really do like the pic's!
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^^ haHA. I was there. A niece graduated. There were not 1000 grads. More like 520. Still big.

Great pictures. I don't agree with some of your comments, especially vis a vis the Plaza (which you mistakenly called Westport, an adjacent, but very different part of KC). When the Plaza amenities were added (1920's-1930's) they did not detract from downtown; the major department stores, retaurants, hotels were still downtown, and remained there for decades. It was the general depopulation of the city that caused the downtown stores to close in the 1960's-1980's. The biggest hotels ( if not the nicest) are still downtown. Even if the Plaza didn't exist, KC's downtown retail would have probably withered and died, just like most of its peer cities.

Sorry to sound like a school marm. Really do like the pic's!
Thanks for the corrections. And if there were only 520 kids, you could have fooled me... All I saw was a sea of PURPLE
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Great photo set!!
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Very nice school your brother went to. Nice pictures!!
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I can't tell if that first shopping center would be kind of fun for half an hour or if I'd end up committing homicide after about ten minutes.
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I can't tell if that first shopping center would be kind of fun for half an hour or if I'd end up committing homicide after about ten minutes.
Hehe, I've been and didn't last 5 minutes. Suburban United States of Generica has reached extremes of soulless manufactured 'culture'. But considering that the city of KC, Kansas has always been the lowest income part of the area, it's great that they finally have something to generate tax revenue. Ultra sanitized white families love that place.
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