Downtown, Kansas City

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    New modern buildings
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    Coming into town from the south
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    The mix of the landscape
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  • Sprint Center & Power and Light District

    by bradleythe Written Aug 10, 2010
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    Kansas City has recently spent billions of dollars renovating downtown by taking a 10 block area in the heart of downtown and turning it into a revitalized shopping, dinning and nightlife area. It is anchored by the Sprint Center stadium which always has a concert going on, it can range from Metallica, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Garth Brooks or Paul McCartney.

    Directly across the street form the Sprint center is the Kansas City Live block. This is an entire city block that faces inward to a stage with an outdoor living room in the middle, and facing inward is the first level which has bars (again facing inward toward the "living room") 9 bars in all on the first level. Then you can go upstairs and there is another level filled with clubs that again all face inward, 6 clubs in all. Did I mention this is an entire city block. There is excellent nightlife downtown, just don't show up too early.

    AMC movie theaters, whose headquarters resides in Kansas City, has opened one of the premier cinema suites in the country in an old theater building.

    There are numerous excellent restaurants, ranging from a 24 hour southern cooking dinner to elegant steak and seafood restaurants.

    Downtown is very safe, there are some smash and grabs for people who are parked on the street but violent crime is not an issue, and downtown has recently been ranked to be about as safe as the surrounding suburbs in Kansas City.

    There are plenty of excellent hotels downtown as well. If you are looking to be within walking distance to the power and light district look for a hotel that is within the "downtown Loop." the loop refers to the area that is surrounded by a loop of freeways. When looking at a map of Kansas City it should become evident what the loop is. If you're fine with public transportation look for hotels that are close to the MAX (Metro Area Express). You can stay all the way out to the plaza (located about 4 miles south of downtown) or anywhere in between. One ride on the MAX costs $1.50, and you can get a day pass for $3. The MAX is a clean safe efficient way to get between all of the "fun" parts of town. Fun = where museums, historic sights, restaurants, shopping and nightlife are centered. You will have to get a cab home if you stay out late as the MAX only runs till 12:30 on weekdays and 11:30 on weekends, but a cab from Downtown to the Plaza only runs about 10-12 dollars.

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  • Sprint Center & Power and Light District

    by bradleythe Written Aug 10, 2010
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    Kansas City has recently spent billions of dollars renovating downtown by taking approximately a 10 block area in the heart of downtown and turning it into a revitalized shopping, eating and nightlife area. It is anchored by the Sprint Center stadium which always has a concert going on, it can range from Metallica, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Garth Brooks or Paul McCartney.

    Directly across the street form the Sprint center is the Kansas City Live block. This is an entire city block that faces inward to a stage with an outdoor living room in the middle, and facing inward is the first level which has bars (again facing inward toward the "living room") 9 bars in all on the first level. Then you can go upstairs and there is another level filled with clubs that again all face inward. Did I mention this is an entire city block. There is excellent nightlife downtown, just don't show up too early.

    AMC movie theaters, whose headquarters resides in Kansas City, has opened one of the premier cinema suites in the country in an old theater building.

    There are numerous excellent restaurants, ranging from a 24 hour southern cooking dinner to elegant steak and seafood restaurants.

    Downtown is very safe, there are some smash and grabs for people who are parked on the street but violent crime is not an issue, and downtown has recently been ranked to be about as safe as the surrounding suburbs in Kansas City.

    There are plenty of excellent hotels downtown as well. If you are looking to be within walking distance to the power and light district look for a hotel that is within the "downtown Loop." the loop refers to the area that is surrounded by a loop of freeways. When looking at a map of Kansas City it should become evident what the loop is. If you're fine with public transportation look for hotels that are close to the MAX (Metro Area Express). You can stay all the way out to the plaza (located about 4 miles south of downtown) or anywhere in between. One ride on the MAX costs $1.50, and you can get a day pass for $3. The MAX is a clean safe efficient way to get between all of the "fun" parts of town. Fun = where museums, historic sights, restaurants, shopping and nightlife are centered. You will have to get a cab home if you stay out late as the MAX only runs till 12:30 on weekdays and 11:30 on weekends, but a cab from Downtown to the Plaza only runs about 10-12 dollars.

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    Downtown Old Buildings

    by BruceDunning Updated May 20, 2009

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    New York Life Building-1888 circa
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    The first structure was for quite some time New York Life Building. Last housed for Aquila Utility, the 217,000 square feet place was renovated in 2001 for $25 million+. They now sold out due to financial concerns. The building is from 1888 era, and announced to be one of the more elaborate inside and out. The white faced columned building is the KC Library complex. It was once First National Bank of Kansas City from 1886. The inside is and was fabulous. It has white marble throughout, and dark sculpted mahogany trim.

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    Sprint Center

    by yooperprof Written Jan 21, 2008

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    Sesame Street Live, Elton John and more
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    Fall 2007 marked the opening of Kansas City's new AEG Sprint Center, a modern sports/entertainment venue located in the heart of the city. It was hoped that the new facility would bring much needed thousands of regular visitors to an area of town that previously had been ignored by those seeking shopping, entertainment and dining options. Yet the arena was constructed without any committment from a permanent tenant - Kansas City does not have the major professional sports teams (basketball or hockey) that are normally attracted to this kind of arena. Kind of risky business strategy, you could say: built it and they will come, we hope?!

    But the arena has proved to be popular as a place for concerts and travelling shows: the place opened with a performance by Elton John, and Garth Brook practically moved in for a series of ten concerts that were all sold out. I do like the design of the arena: it looks like a "spaceship has landed"! It remains to be seen whether or not it will help in "landing" a major sports franchise!

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    The Folly Theatre

    by basstbn Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    The Folly Theatre, originally named the Standard Theatre, was constructed in 1900 as a burlesque and vaudeville house. Young artists such as the Marx Brothers, Gypsy Rose Lee appeared on stage there, as well as a young actor named Humphry Bogart. In later years, "dancers" such as Sally Rand ruled the hardwoods. By 1794, the Folly had become a sordid pornogrophy palace and the place folded - doomed for the wrecking ball. Several concerned Kansas Citians rallied around the "Grand Old Lady of 12th Street." The theatre was saved, renovated, and is now the grand home of The Folly Jazz Series, Children and Family Series, Friends of Chamber Music and many performances of the Harriman Arts Series.

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    Chouteau Society Marker - Lewis & Clark Point

    by yooperprof Updated Jul 5, 2004

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    Parlez-vous un peu?

    The Chouteau Society is a local club dedicated to educating the community about the importance of French heritage in the Kansas City region. They have sponsored a series of historic markers throughout the metroplex, including this one at Lewis & Clark Point. If you expand the photo, you can read what they have to say.

    What? You say that your French is a little rusty? Okay, here is a partial translation:

    The French-speaking community made a significant contribution to the ultimate success of the epochal Lewis & Clark expedition. The St. Louis Chouteau brothers, fur traders Auguste and Pierre, lodged the two captains in their substantial homes many times during the winter 1803-04, and assisted them in procuring supplies, boats and personnel. Pierre acted as a downstream agent and post office for the expedition.

    French voyageurs had ventured up the Missouri River for over a century before 1804. In 1742, French explorers, the Verendryes, reached an area two-thirds of the way along Lewis & Clark's route in present-day Montana. Le Page du Pratz's 1758 publication "The History of Louisiana" (with accompanying maps) was a useful resource. The Indians had told the French of the Rockies and the West, including the Great Salt Lake, and of mountains a river system leading west. . .

    Captain Baptiste Deschamps and his Gallic recruits took supplies and personnel in his large red pirogue (canoe) as far as the Mandan villages in present-day North Dakota. A French-Shawnee interpreter, George Drouillard, also acted as chief hunter, arbiter of disputes, and enforcer of the two captains' orders, and Lewis praised him highly in his reports. Another French-Indian interpreter, Toussaint Charbonneau, was occasionally a problem. But his young Indian wife, Sacagawea [sic], procured from her brother, a Shoshoni chief, the indispensible horses to ride over the snow-covered mountains. Her little French-Shonshoni child, Jean-Baptiste, was with her on the entire voyage, and later returned to this area to live.

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    Lewis and Clark Point - Another View

    by yooperprof Written Jul 4, 2004
    a good place to watch take-offs and landings

    This shot - taken in summer 2004 - looks north across the Missouri River toward the arches of the Broadway Bridge and the Downtown Airport. I remember flying into and out of that airport before the opening of KCI in 1973.

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    Lewis and Clark Point

    by yooperprof Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    across the wide Missouri

    From atop this bluff in downtown Kansas City (MO) you can see the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. It's at this point that the Mighty Missouri decides to abandon its own southward flow toward the Gulf of Mexico and instead heads almost due west to join forces with the Mississippi at a spot just above St. Louis. Explorers Lewis and Clark apparently spent a night on the hilltop while on their journey to the ocean 200 years ago. Wouldn't they be proud to know that they are remembered in the name of the "Lewis and Clark Viaduct" that links Kansas City MO with Kansas City KS?

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    The Plaza

    by Astrobuck Written Dec 30, 2008
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    This is a picture of the Plaza in Kansas City, MO during Christmas. While we were here, it began to snow. Very beautiful place. Definately a must see!

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    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    by basstbn Written Mar 16, 2003

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    This cathedral's golden dome has been a distinctive part of Kansas City's downtown skyline since the 1920s. Renovations costing $7 million were completed in 2003.

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