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Old Posted May 5, 2022, 6:24 PM
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I had a work trip to Kansas City in mid-April and flew in a couple days early to check out the city. After departing the airport, I initially visited Lawrence, KS (photos here), but I spent the rest of my time in Kansas City. There was a lot to like while out & about exploring the city, most especially the plethora of old historic buildings. Certainly there were vacant lots mixed in as well, but the bones of KC are still quite impressive and it looks like continued infill will add more vibrancy in the years and decades to come. I hope to go back in the next couple of years for another visit as there’s still plenty more to explore.

1 – I stayed in the Country Club District which is a few miles south of downtown KC. Parts of the area are over a century old and contains plenty of great old residential architecture. Love these buildings along Brush Creek!


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3 – I stayed at The Raphael hotel right across Brush Creek from Country Club Plaza.


4 - Entering Country Club Plaza, which was built a century ago and designed to resemble the architecture of Seville, Spain.


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18 – A few photos on Easter morning from the West Plaza/Westwood neighborhoods, which as the names imply are located just west of Country Club Plaza. I love bungalows and there were plenty in this area.


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22 – Heading back to my hotel to wait out the incoming cold rain. It was quite a dreary Easter Sunday.


23 – But first coffee. Everywhere I visit I tend to map out local coffee shops I want to visit while I’m out & about exploring neighborhoods. Messenger Coffee was my favorite in KC.


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26 – After the chilly late morning/afternoon soaking rain (about 36-40F or 2-4C), there was fortunately a break late Sunday afternoon. So I decided to walk from my hotel north to the Westport neighborhood to check it out. This is Mill Creek Park.


27 – Old Westport is a former independent village which eventually became party of KC. Because of the weather and it being Easter Sunday, there weren’t a lot of people out shopping & dining. But it looks like a decent area.


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34 – From Westport I walked eastward to the Southmoreland area which includes the Museum of Art.


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38 – I didn’t visit the Museum of Art but I did explore the grounds, which are beautifully landscaped and complement the lovely old architecture of the building.


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49 – From there I walked to the Kauffman Legacy Park


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52 – Now heading into the Kauffman Memorial Garden, which I didn’t know anything about and just happened to come across while out exploring. Wow was it beautiful! I’m glad I happened to come across it by accident.


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63 – Making my way back along Brush Creek to my hotel in the Country Club District.


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66 – On Monday morning I parked at Union Station, which is just south of downtown KC, and crisscrossed back and forth from there northward through downtown and ultimately up to the Missouri River. Union Station includes some tourist items like a museum.


67 – But Union Station also serves as a train station and the interior is magnificent!


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71 – Meanwhile the exterior of Union Station is gorgeous!


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74 – I headed up the hill across from Union Station to check out the view and the National World War I Memorial. So glad to have the sun today!


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78 – Just to the east of Union Station and the National World War I Memorial is the Crown Center area.


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80 – The southern terminus of the KC Streetcar is adjacent to Union Station. I didn’t ride it north but did take it back south.


81 – Heading north towards downtown KC.


82 – There was an Amtrak train making a stop at Union Station as I crossed the bridge above the tracks.


83 – Heading into the Crossroads Art District.


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88 – Crossing above Interstate 670 into downtown KC.


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92 – Entering the Power & Light District


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95 – A mid-block plaza area in the Power & Light district to drink, eat, and congregate for events.


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99 – Now heading into the core of downtown where there were some beautiful old buildings mixed in.


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119 – Love this “wall” of beautiful brick buildings lining the street (though it was a rather busy street unfortunately).


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133 – Now further east in the Government District.


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139 – Crossing I-70 into the River Market District, which is the neighborhood in between downtown KC and the Missouri River.


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149 – This appears to be a popular area with new construction apartment buildings (and condos?) alongside the older buildings in the neighborhood.


150 – There’s a pedestrian bridge that crosses above the busy railroad tracks along the shoreline of the Missouri River, which provides access to the riverfront trail.


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154 – Heading back into the core of the River Market District for a late lunch at the market.


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160 – It was a Monday when many shops & restaurants are closed after being open all weekend, so it wasn’t overly bustling with activity when I was there. But fortunately some places were still open for lunch.


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164 – Time to head back to Union Station. Luckily the KC Streetcar extends to the River Market which made for an easy hassle-free trip back south through downtown. The streetcar is free and it was a quick ride through downtown. There seemed to be a good mix of people on it as well. I was impressed.


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And that’s all from Kansas City. Hope you enjoyed this collection of photos!
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Awesome. KC is a gem.
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Great tour!
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Old Posted May 6, 2022, 12:14 AM
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I've really enjoyed swinging through KC on road trips. The area by Country Club plaza with all the old apartment buildings is really lovely. It's a nice city, and looks great in your photos!
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Wow, KC is looking fine!
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Beautiful stuff!
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Wow! Beautiful city. Some really fantastic architecture and parks. Thanks for sharing!
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Kansas City really does have the bones, amenities, and cultural attractions of the much larger city it was always expected to become. Very lovely.
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This is a great portrait of KC! The weather may have dreary (at the start), but the photos are amazing!
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Special place for me since it’s the city my mom grew up in. I haven’t been here in a while, but I would love to visit again it looks like it moving in the right direction.
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An excellent photo tour showing off so many beautiful buildings and districts. Kansas City has really cleaned up and looks great.
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Some great urban landscapes in Kansas City but hardly a pedestrian to be seen that Sunday except for some in Country Club Plaza, or anywhere on Monday. The double whammy effect of cars and covid on US city centers.
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Great looking city.
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Great city to explore. A wonderful collection of disparate districts.

Did you make it up to the observation level of City Hall?
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Cool city!
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Wow Kansas City!
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Wow, great pictures! I am very impressed by what I have seen.
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