Why does KCK (or "Wyandotte") seem like a big country town?
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#1 Feb 7, 2014
Is it a big country town? Can that be true even though it's technically in a major metropolitan area?
Kansas City, KS (commonly called KCK or "Wyandotte") seems like a big country town to me. It's in Kansas City, MO's metropolitan area, but when you are in KCK it "feels" like it's 50 miles away, similar to Topeka or St. Joseph.
Downtown KCK is only 2 miles from downtown KCMO, but they are like night and day. KCMO is an urban, large city, and KCK's downtown feels like that of a small town that's not in a metropolitan area.
Parts of Southwest BLVD in KCK and nearby areas, even though they're only a few miles from downtown KCMO, feel like you're in the Ozarks or Appalachia, even the people seem like that, so it's a cultural difference just as much as it physically feels different. That area is weird like that, even though it's so close you can see downtown KCMO from there. Go in Dagwood's Cafe at 11th and Southwest BLVD and you'll see what I mean about the people, or maybe go in Strasser Hardware across the street.
The area between the oldest parts of KCK (downtown and surrounding) and the newest parts (Legends, Village West) is barely developed and feels very country. You can see this fact from Google Maps satellite/aerial photos. There are huge fields and wide expanses of undeveloped land - it looks rural. US 24 Highway (State Ave) and Leavenworth Road feel very country.
The newest and biggest suburban part of KCK is Piper and it's very country and spread out and has a strong redneck feel...in terms of the way it looks and the people. There are a handful of subdivisions, some of which are rather upscale, but they are spread out very thinly and far apart surrounded by nothing by open land. It makes me wonder how the rednecks got wealthy, but I think a lot of them work for the city or BPU (public utility) or are local business owners. Overall, there's not much in Piper, not even a grocery store.
Although, to the south or Piper, the Village West area is pretty built up, at least commercially, but there aren't many subdivisions immediately surrounding it.
Anyway, so why is KCK like a big country town that seems 50 miles way even though it's practically in the middle of the Kansas City metropolitan area? Oh, one other thing - most people who live there are from there. There are very few people who have moved there from other places, which is another thing that makes it seem like a country town.
#2 Feb 12, 2014
Since: Jan 14
#3 Feb 14, 2014
Haha well that's true..Its not just a country town. Its more like in the middle. In some years it could develop something more.
#4 Feb 23, 2014
#5 May 4, 2014
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