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Some helpful information about Kansas City.


The majority of persons relocating to Kansas City are surprised to find the area divided by a state line. Itšs fun to start by explaining the historical difference between Kansas and Missouri.

Kansas City, Missouri was incorporated in 1858 on the banks of the Missouri River. Missouri was a slave state and Kansas a free state. The decade following the establishment of Kansas City encompassed the Civil War. There are many markers and cemeteries throughout the area as a reminder.

 

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The politics of each state are decidedly different stemming in large part from the pioneers and from whence they came. Kansas has been a Republican state represented by the likes of Nancy Kassebaum and Bob Dole. It is a right to work state. Missourišs political leaders include Harry Truman and Richard Gebhardt. There is a keen competition to attract businesses, to finance shared public works such as a convention hall or a football or baseball stadium. Two of the major universities, MU and KU, have a arch rivalry dating back many, many years.

Rather than it being a case of twin cities, itšs a matter of Johnson County (KS) vs Jackson County (MO). Recently, a major hurdle was overcome when both counties realized that cooperation rather competition was in both their interests. A bi-state cultural tax was passed to restore the Union Station as a Science Museum and for other uses.

Kansas City is known both nationally and internationally for its steaks and barbecue. The Zagat Survey, shown below, ranks Kansas City as the #1 dining bargain among all cities surveyed. The average per-meal tab of just $14.01 compared to the highest, New York City at $29.28.

At the risk of offending friends and clients in the restaurant business, we have decided to list our personal choices as follows (in alphabetical order):

Steve Chooses Lynda's Selections
  • Cafe Italia (Overland Park)
  • Fiorella's Smokestack (Overland Park)
  • Garozzo's (Overland Park)
  • Il Trullo (Overland Park)
  • Macaluso's (39th street area)
  • Martini's (Leawood)
  • Michael Forbes (Brookside area)
  • Plaza III (Plaza area)
  • Savoy Grill (downtown KC)
  • Stilwell Smokehouse (Stilwell)
  • Bristol (Leawood)
  • Cactus Grill (Leawood)
  • Figlio (Plaza area)
  • Houston's (Plaza area and Overland Park)
  • Nikko's (Overland Park)
  • Jerusalem Cafe (Westport area and Overland Park)
  • Paulo & Bill's (Shawnee)
  • Yia Yia's (Overland Park)
Laura's Picks Corbin Likes
  • Genghis Khan Mongolian Cafe (39th street area)
  • GoJo's Japanese Steakhouse (Westport area)
  • Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen (39th street area)
  • Manny's Mexican (Southwest Blvd and Overland Park)
  • Chartroose Caboose (Overland Park)
  • d'Bronx Deli (39th street area)
  • Macaroni Grill (Overland Park)

Activities
  • American Royal
  • City Market
  • Country Club Plaza
  • 18th & Vine Historic Jazz Area
  • Truman Library
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • NCAA National Headquarters
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Negro Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Overland Park Arboretum
  • Plaza Art Fair
  • Powell Gardens
  • Squaw Creek Migratory Bird Preserve
  • Renaissance Festival
  • Worlds of Fun Theme Park
  • Oceans of Fun Water Park
Sports
  • Kansas City Blades Hockey
  • Kansas City Chiefs Football
  • Kansas City Attack Indoor Soccer
  • Kansas City Wizards Outdoor Soccer
  • Kansas City Royals Baseball
  • Kansas City Symphony

Theater

  • Missouri Repertory Theater
  • Lyric Opera
  • Starlight Theater
  • Sandstone Theater
Recreation

Hunting, fishing, camping, and all water sports top the list of recreation. There are an abundant number of golf courses described in
the
golf guide below.

If youšre into the more "off beat" sports, we have a rowing, rugby, sailing, and lacrosse clubs. Therešs even fox hunting and polo. Scuba is available.

The Kansas City Star features a calendar every Wednesday of sporting activities.

You can order any of these books
from many Kansas City bookstores, including
Border's Book Store (phone: 913-642-3642 fax: 913-642-3877) and
Barnes & Nobles Books Store (phone: 913 491-4535 fax: 913-491-5244 ).

Kansas City Golf Directory $14.95 Guide to all public courses, private clubs, Ozark courses, & area map plus KC preferred player card.

 

 

City Smart Guidebook - Kansas City by Michael & Linda Flynn $12.95 Maps, day trips, nightlife, sights, restaurants & lodging, including $200 in coupons

Day Trips from Kansas City by Shifra Stein $10.95 Getaways less than 2 hours away. 15th edition.

Zagat Survey 1997 - Kansas City restaurants $9.95

Hiking Kansas City by Richard Ballentine & William Eddy $9.95 Guide to 100 hiking and walking trails in the Kansas City area

Guide to Cycling Kansas City by Steve Katz (yes, Steve from this web site) $12.95. More than 125 cycling routes on road and off road 2nd edition

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