Kansas City, Here I Come
When rhythm-and-blues singer Wilbert Harrison topped the pop charts in 1959 with his hit “
When compared to the financial tumult of the rest of the country, the bi-state urban area has maintained its economic composure. Marcus & Millichap research for the second quarter reported the
Large mixed-use projects have strongly skewed the square-foot delivery numbers upward. And, of those new developments, the new Kansas City Power & Light District has delivered the Midwestern city into the ranks of retail and entertainment powerhouse.
Because I live just about 200 miles from
Designed as a 24/7 neighborhood, Power & Light is a nine-block stretch in downtown Kansas City that links the renovated convention center and new Sprint Center arena with entertainment and cultural destinations, residential developments, offices and hotels. It is vast, and it is lively. Breweries, upscale lounges and Irish pubs share block space with high-end eateries and burger joints.
KC Live!, inside the District, is a city block of hot spots, with live entertainment and giant video screens showing college and professional sports (a football fan’s paradise).
It’s hard not to respond to the energy inside Power & Light. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and it has a magnetic effect on those of us who live outside
No big surprise, considering what surrounds
Most of the pundits agree that the downtown destination has given Kansas City a new vitality, palpable from at least a state away.