At Summit on Quality Hill, we love our downtown KCMO location, and with amenities like our Neighborhood Passport Program, we encourage our residents to frequent local businesses and keep the area thriving. If you’ve never been to Kansas City you may be thinking that the city doesn’t have much to offer, or that its Midwest location would make it boring. But you would be wrong! Kansas City has tons to offer, no matter what your interests are or what you’re wanting to do. Keep reading for seven of our favorite things about this wonderful city!
1. The food.
In Kansas City, we definitely continue the stereotype that Midwesterners love food. Did you know that Kansas City has more barbeque restaurants per capita than any other US city? While we will go to the grave arguing that KC style is the best BBQ style, we also have just about any culinary style your taste buds desire.
2. The drinks.
Ever since prohibition Kansas City has been known for its libations. In fact, we enjoy them so much we didn’t even participate in prohibition! Thanks to an arguably corrupt local political system at the time, we conveniently ignored the time between the 18th and 21st amendments. At least partially because of that we still have some of the best breweries, distilleries, and wineries around!
3. The music.
New Orleans may have been where jazz was born, but Kansas City is where it grew up. When Carlie Parker played his first gig at the Country Club Plaza he solidified KCMO as a piece of jazz history that continues to this day. Don’t take our word for it, though! Check out the American Jazz Museum on 18th Street to learn about it yourself.
4. The art.
There’s a reason Hemingway spent a good amount of time in Kansas City. Walt Disney found that same muse when he opened his first studio here (and may or may not have been inspired by a real-life mouse that lived in the building). KCMO may not seem like much from the outside, but there is something special about the city that encourages art of all kinds.
5. The architecture.
It’s said that the city has “more boulevards than Paris, more fountains than Rome”. With over 200 fountains and a staggering 135 miles of boulevards and parkways, Kansas City is truly remarkable to walk through and admire.
6. The innovation.
Though there’s some debate on if Mickey Mouse was created here, there’s no doubt that KCMO has been the birthplace of many inventions important in our day-to-day lives. For example, the Happy Meal was conceived in a local McDonald’s! The Country Club Plaza was the world’s first shopping center and is still open to this day. There’s a reason Google decided to make Kansas City the first to receive its Google Fiber!
7. The outdoors.
Even though Kansas City is a hustling, bustling city filled with buildings and concrete, what makes it special is that we still don’t have to give up nature here. Between the 220 parks, 29 lakes, 103 playgrounds, and 134 miles of trails and bikeways, you’re never more than 30 minutes from some sort of vast green space.
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