Does KCK (and Wyandotte County) seem ...

Does KCK (and Wyandotte County) seem Southern?

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Caitlin Buelt

United States

#1 Aug 8, 2012
Does KCK (and Wyandotte County) seem Southern?

It sort of seems that way to me. KCK and WyCo are A LOT different from the rest of the KC metro area. It's almost like they're not a part of the KC Metro, even though they are.
Caitlin Buelt

Overland Park, KS

#2 Mar 15, 2013
So, anyody care to chime in?

Why is KCK (or Wyandotte, if you prefer) so different from the rest of the KC area and how did one city become overwhelmingly white-trash and downtrodden? I mean, here's practically no middle class culture there. Even Independence, MO has a middle class, even in its historic part. What gives?
Caitlin Buelt

Overland Park, KS

#3 Mar 28, 2013
It's odd that in small towns of only a couple thousand people, plenty of people will be on here. Yet for KCK/WyCo, a city/county of 150,000 people, nobody is on here and don't seem to have a presence anywhere online. Surely SOME people in WyCo and KCK can read and write! Nobody's even come to the ghetto defense "oh no you didn't!!!".

ODD!

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Stockton

United States

#4 Apr 3, 2013
Come on? Nobody has an opinion on KCK???
justin Justout

Rogers, AR

#5 Jul 1, 2013
Stockton wrote:
Come on? Nobody has an opinion on KCK???
Wyco has always been countryfied, In Quindaro people still keep horses and chickens and cows in their yards.
SirX

Kansas City, KS

#6 Aug 5, 2013
John

United States

#7 Aug 8, 2013
KCK is just like a little bit of the rustbelt that's detached and far west...it's not Southern.
Elihu97

Kansas City, MO

#8 Sep 29, 2013
It's because Wyandotte is much older than the rest of the city, so is turner.
BananaHammock

Basehor, KS

#9 Oct 6, 2013
So you have to post two additional times back to back to try to get someone to respond to your year old thread?

Sounds like someone is begging for a little attention and validation.
Caitlin Buelt

United States

#10 Oct 7, 2013
Hell yeah. Nobody reads this board much in KC, but Topix is very active in some other places. I was just bumping it to the top to see if anybody responds. There doesn't seem to be very many active KCK people on the internet, but that's not surprising. Those that are probably have computeres filled with viruses and probably don't go places they have to read and write.
Caitlin Buelt

United States

#11 Oct 7, 2013
Elihu97 wrote:
It's because Wyandotte is much older than the rest of the city, so is turner.
Say what? What are you referring to as "Wyandotte"? All of KCK is old except a few small pockets on farm fields. It doesn't even have a solidly developed suburban area because the city hasn't seen much development in decades, well, except for the commercial island that mostly serves folks from outside KCK. KCK doesn't have the rooftops or demographics to support that place.
Caite Bug

United States

#12 Oct 7, 2013
BananaHammock wrote:
So you have to post two additional times back to back to try to get someone to respond to your year old thread?
Sounds like someone is begging for a little attention and validation.
Caite Bug

United States

#13 Oct 7, 2013
Bath Salts

Chicago, IL

#14 Oct 25, 2013
yeah, it seems kind of country
Salty Bathz

United States

#15 Dec 22, 2013
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#16 Dec 22, 2013
Just a little history about Kansas City, KS that happened way back when.
At one time KCK and many other companies in the Kansas City area had jobs they were unable to get filled with local labor. So Kansas City, KS decided to advertise in southern states the need for help. Not enough applied for jobs in the area so KCK advertised again telling folks that if they could not get a job or keep the jobs the qualification for welfare was six months verses a year almost anywhere else.
That brought many southerns to fill the jobs for the entire Kansas City area knowing that they would not be homeless and hungry.
I for one think Wyandotte County and KCK were heroic for the move, but many folk think they are chumps. I Salute Wyandotte County and KCK for being Patriots and figuring out a solution to keep commerce going in the entire area.
new southern resident

Kansas City, KS

#17 Dec 28, 2013
I recently made a move to KCK from the south. I see no comparison to the south at all. The people here tend to be nice and are able to carry on a conversation whereas in the "south" people talk with a closed mind. Also, inn the south it is very hard to know who you can trust as they all do a good job of proclaiming southern hospitality and love but once you turn your back that so-called friend stabs you in the back. Churches are nothing more than a social gathering for people to pretend to be something they are not. So NO. Kansas City, KS and even the whole state seems less radical, more pro gun and seems as safe as the small town I moved from. Per capita crime here is probably lower than many small southern towns. I am contemplating making my move permanent and enjoy all the things available to me within a 10 mile areas where back home I had to travel 60 60 80 miles round trip just for a decent meal.
Wrong Tree

Overland Park, KS

#18 Jan 7, 2014
Caitlin Buelt wrote:
It's odd that in small towns of only a couple thousand people, plenty of people will be on here. Yet for KCK/WyCo, a city/county of 150,000 people, nobody is on here and don't seem to have a presence anywhere online. Surely SOME people in WyCo and KCK can read and write! Nobody's even come to the ghetto defense "oh no you didn't!!!".
ODD!
There is no correlation between reading/writing skills and using Topix. Many educated people have no use for this rumor-mongering website. You clearly are itching for drama.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/us/small-to...
Caite

Prairie Village, KS

#19 Jan 23, 2014
Pflack wrote:
Just a little history about Kansas City, KS that happened way back when.
At one time KCK and many other companies in the Kansas City area had jobs they were unable to get filled with local labor. So Kansas City, KS decided to advertise in southern states the need for help. Not enough applied for jobs in the area so KCK advertised again telling folks that if they could not get a job or keep the jobs the qualification for welfare was six months verses a year almost anywhere else.
That brought many southerns to fill the jobs for the entire Kansas City area knowing that they would not be homeless and hungry.
I for one think Wyandotte County and KCK were heroic for the move, but many folk think they are chumps. I Salute Wyandotte County and KCK for being Patriots and figuring out a solution to keep commerce going in the entire area.
I don't doubt that there's some Southern influence from industrial migration. I think that's true of most or all Midwestern cities, but I learned a few things which I will explain below in another paragraph. What you've said here is VERY interesting, far more than I ever thought somebody would have posted here. Do you have any online sources for the recruiting effort you said KCK made to Southern states? Do you know of any books said effort is spoken of in? Did the recruiting effort have a specific name I could use to search and find info with? Do you think it was unique to KCK or common amongst industrial Midwestern cities? I mean, we all know there was a huge migration from the South into the Midwest because of the industrial jobs. Do you have any other facts? Such as the decade KCK made said effort? I really appreciate your taking time to post here!

Shortly after making this post I found out that demographically speaking, according to a complex algorithm another person was able to do, KCK is most similar to Akron, OH, and that the city and its culture are solidly Midwestern. I then researched Akron, took into account the reasons for the few differences there are, and personally feel that there is probably no other city quite as similar as KCK as Akron. KCK is very reminiscent of industrial cities in the core of the Midwest. It's perhaps a bit of an anomaly this far west. What I really think makes it stand out in this area, though, is that it hadn't seen major development in decades and was/is sort of stuck in the past. I know about Village West and Kansas Speedway, but overall most of the city has remained unchanged for decades.

-Caite
Caite

Prairie Village, KS

#20 Jan 23, 2014
Wrong Tree wrote:
<quoted text>
There is no correlation between reading/writing skills and using Topix. Many educated people have no use for this rumor-mongering website. You clearly are itching for drama.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/us/small-to...
The Kansas City area Topix forums don't seem to be used much, but in many towns these forums are used constructively despite the drama, etc. KCK's presence online seems to be lacking all over the internet, not just here. You do realize that city couldn't even keep a normal newspaper in business? The Kansas City Kansan was a great local newspaper but went out of business several years ago, at least in its original format. Thankfully, somebody has kept a blog/newspaper-like website going under the same name, and the Wyandotte Daily news (formerly Wyandotte West) still exists. Independence, St. Joseph, Leavenworth, Topeka, and other places still have traditional newspapers. So combined with the low levels of education in KCK, the fact it's extremely devoid of a middle class...well, I really suspect there's a relative lack of interest and therefore demand...which I suspect is the same reasons you don't see a lot of people online representing or talking about KCK. Even the places where KCK is occasionally discussed, there aren't any KCK people representing the city there, yet there are people from all other areas of the metro. I do find that odd.

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