Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kansas City Neighborhoods - A Breakdown of KC Neighborhoods


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Kansas City Neighborhoods - A Breakdown

For just the GOOD Kansas City Neighborhoods go HERE.

Kansas City is probably one of the most tricky cities regarding good and bad neighborhoods. If you don't know any better, you might end up with some serious buyer's remorse.

If you're planning on moving to Kansas City, you'd better understand the different neighborhoods before buying that dream... - or nightmare home.

In order to understand this blog, you might want to pull up this Map of Kansas City for reference. Kansas City is flat with no bodies of water so the streets here run in a perfect "grid" with the numbered streets running East to West, and the named streets running North and South. Isn't that handy :)

Let's start by defining Central Kansas City:

We're not going to discuss downtown Kansas City or any suburbs of Kansas City in this article - we'll do those in another piece. We're just going to focus on the area between 39th and 103rd and between Holmes Road and State Line (look at your map - or picture a square area). This is Central Kansas City.

The first rule of real estate in Central Kansas City is easy - Anything East of Holmes Road is the ghetto. This is true all the way from 5th Street (downtown) clear up to 135th street (Kansas City's most Southern point). Don't move there, enough said.

Now that we've ruled out everything East of Holmes Road, let's start with the area between 39th Street and 47th Street - East of State Line and West of Holmes. This area is pretty much considered the Westport area. Westport has gotten pretty bad lately. There is a shooting in westport almost every week. The shootings happen late at night when the ghetto folks start "cruising" the Westport bar areas - they're not there to buy anything or go into any of the nightclubs - but just to cruise around with their boom-boom music playing and sporting their tricked out cars (who's cost probably kept them from paying that month's mortgage). They are extremely rude (especially to whites) and they will shoot you. So that's nighttime in Westport - as far as the daytime goes, Westport is pretty much full of lower class "hippie" type folks who enjoy the coffee shops and the Pitch magazine. There used to be a lot of gays in Westport but most of them are making their way downtown towards the Power and Light District condos.

South of 47th Street - North of 63rd - West of Holmes - East of State Line. This area contains the Plaza, which has made Kansas City famous for it's lush fountains and top shelf shopping and dining. The plaza is a great little area and contains everything from expensive condos to affordable apartments. Plaza living is very nice - the only drawback is that there is only one grocery store within miles and it is a MAD HOUSE. South of the plaza to Gregory Boulevard is a fairly upscale neighborhood that contains a popular dog walking / picnic area called Loose Park. This area is usually defined as Brookside and it is filled with great little shops, restaurants and neighborhood bars. Brookside is getting older, however, so the upkeep on a house would probably be a huge factor - most of the houses in Brookside are well over 60 years old. The other downside to living in Brookside is that it has ZERO access to any highway.

South of Gregory - North of 85th - West of Holmes - East of State Line. This area, more commonly known as "Waldo" is a lower class area that is deteriorating fast. Abandoned buildings are everywhere, and we're starting to see more PayDay Loan shops and Fried Chicken chains opening up - oh, and pawn shops too. Always a bad sign. For some reason everyone who lives in this part of town has a dog, and all of the men wear sandals. I would stay clear of Waldo.

South of 85th - North of 103rd - West of Holmes - East of State Line. This area includes Santa Fe Hills and the Ward Parkway "mall" - if you can call it a mall. This used to be a great area but it has gone to the dogs. The lower class folk have moved in and it is NOT a good place to live.

South of 103rd - North of 135th - West of Holmes - East of State Line. This area is still fairly nice and includes Red Bridge, Bridlespur and Verona Hills. Those who live there are looking over their shoulder, however, because they know that this will be the next Kansas City neighborhood to fall. Let me just stop and explain something here: The lower class are moving their way south and west - basically to get out of the ghetto that they live in and to get away from their own kind. In reaction to this, the wealthy people are moving South and if they can afford it, WEST into beautiful and expensive Leawood, Kansas to avoid the oncoming ghetto folk. For a good example of this movement, take a look at how far south they have built up on Metcalf - wealthy people are running SOUTH. Back to this neighborhood...The best thing about this neighborhood is 435 highway. It's just blocks away. This neighborhood will be safe for about another 5-10 years before turning lower-middle class.

To be continued...stay tuned for North Kansas City, Grandview, Independence, Lee's Summit, Blue Springs and downtown kc.

94 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Oh, please post with your advice on downtown KC and the rest of the other parts of KC. I am from Southern California, living in Los Angeles and Orange County... and might have to move to KC for 1 year this summer for my husband's medical school program. We booked our flights and rented a car to visit KC in 3 weeks from now so it's very very likely. It's definitely going to be very different for me so know about neighborhoods and where we could live using your recent thoughts will come in handy during our 3 day visit. :-) We are a young married couple, I'm 22 and he's 30. Anything about where there is an active yet liveable/safe area would server as a great guide.

tina.ttt@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I can't believe what this writer said about Westport.
To the writer of this distasteful article, whoever you are, you're probably a yuppie with no sense of reality who's a "bump it" hair du woman who doesn't realize how trashy and conventional she is. You obviously think highly of yourself to call several groups of other people "lower class" or "ghetto folk". You may think they're rude to you, but that's probably because you look at them with a rude racist stare and a pearly snarl. Or it may be that you think you're important enough for people to be rude to you or even look your way.

You say you've lived in Kansas City for 35 years, but obviously have isolated yourself into one area that you believe is "superior". I mean do you really have the capacity to call them "their own kind" as if they're another species. They're people, just letting you know, and so what if they don't listen to the same kind of music as you do, or behave exactly like how you do which i'm sure you think would be ideal because you're so damn vain and think you've got enough credibility to tell others where to live.

Frankly, this article is a damn shame and reflects the type of mentality that prevents this country from moving forward.

Anonymous said...

Haha - the comment above is obviously from a minority - poor schmuck.

Anonymous said...

Kansas City neighborhoods are definitely hard to comprehend. Be careful when moving here as you could get scammed by a desperate real estate agent.

Speaking of Kansas City neighborhoods, we saw a sign the other day in South Kansas City for a new living community called "...something..something ON THE GREENS" - insinuating that the neighborhood was on a golf course. The neighborhood is, in fact, way across the street from a little golf course.

Anonymous said...

fuck off u white racist fucks..own people? poor schmucks? U slave 80 hrs a week while our ppl grit and grind to get what we want...sorry u have no heart..dont hate our swag tho if u ask me yall all wanna be our kind..we trend setters yall copy cats

Anonymous said...

I hope there isn't actually anybody who would take anything in this seriously. Brookside is "fairly upscale?" Yeah, and Arthur Bryant's puts out a little bit of BBQ.

I have a hard time imagining anything resembling credibility on the part of the writer, when "attracts people who go to coffee shops," and "everyone has dogs here" are used to denote an "undesirable" area. Never mind the obvious race-baiting and gay-baiting.

Probably better to visit KC one's self and gather personal perspective than bank anything on eye roll-worthy fiction.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I lived in Brookside for over 3 years and we were burglarized 3 times! The problem with Brookside is that it is too close to the ghetto (east of Holmes) and instead of robbing their own neighborhood they simply cross the street (Holmes) and come rob the houses in Brookside.

Don't believe that Brookside is too close to the ghetto? I challenge you to go to any store or shop on 63rd street - try the 7-11 for instance, see what you get in there.

Anonymous said...

I agree, everyone having a dog in your neighborhood IS a bad thing - in Waldo everyone has a dog and when a few dogs start barking at something the WHOLE frickin' neighborhood starts barking - it's insane, noisy as hell and it's just too damn bohemian in general.

But hey, if you like dogs all over the place barking and you make between 10,000 and 25,000 a year, like to play darts and drink clever little micro brews then Waldo is for you buddy.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

fuck off u white racist fucks..own people? poor schmucks? U slave 80 hrs a week while our ppl grit and grind to get what we want...sorry u have no heart..dont hate our swag tho if u ask me yall all wanna be our kind..we trend setters yall copy cats
July 21, 2010 9:26 PM"

Haha! Look at the grammar in that comment - we've got a serious brain child on our hands here. Yes, Tyrone, we actually do want to be "your kind" - poor, illiterate criminals - how did you even get online being that stupid?

Anonymous said...

You are a racist. The next time you are in any of these neighborhoods, I hope you are robbed by the "ghetto folk," lower class hippies," or "gays."

Anonymous said...

Kansas City neighborhoods are really hard to just "cookie cut" review, or in this case blog about. There is so much diversity in the neighborhoods around Kansas City, good and bad neighborhoods that it is difficult to sum them up so quickly.

Anonymous said...

well, I hate fags and minorities, so the plaza sounds PERFECT... but, I really hate the shit out of fountains too, they make me feel like I have to pee all the time. So, where do you suggest I live?

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

fuck off u white racist fucks..own people? poor schmucks? U slave 80 hrs a week while our ppl grit and grind to get what we want...sorry u have no heart..dont hate our swag tho if u ask me yall all wanna be our kind..we trend setters yall copy cats
July 21, 2010 9:26 PM"

Haha! Look at the grammar in that comment - we've got a serious brain child on our hands here. Yes, Tyrone, we actually do want to be "your kind" - poor, illiterate criminals - how did you even get online being that stupid?"

I am white. And I believe that the person who wrote the comment above, the one who audaciously calls the other writer "Tyrone," is simply an unbelievable idiot.

Anonymous said...

None of this can possibly be real...WTH?

Kansas City Neighborhoods said...

Thanks! This article was very helpful when we were in the process of moving to Kansas City. We didn't know much about the neighborhoods in Kansas City and our real estate agent wasn't telling the whole truth about the neighborhoods we were looking at. Especially about Brookside, you're right, Brookside looks great as long as you're right in the middle of the neighborhood but if you take one step outside of the residential streets you are definitely in a bad neighborhood.

It's true, to see what kind of neighborhood you live in, just visit the nearest convienience store and look at the customers. That's your neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

this article is trash. i stopped reading after his description of the areas south of 39th and north of 47th between state line and holmes -- this is absolutely NOT "mostly westport." the writer of this article must have been smoking the same crack as the "minorities" he's making fun of.

the writer obviously doesn't know kansas city very well, he's ignored the southmoreland, volker, west plaza, and kemper/art institute student neighborhoods entirely. also, hyde park, a neighborhood divided in half by holmes street, is in some pockets safer between holmes and troost than it is between holmes and state line. to recommend holmes as a dividing line in this area is blatently ignorant.

don't listen to this article at all. it's completely worthless.

Anonymous said...

fuck off u white racist fucks..own people? poor schmucks? U slave 80 hrs a week while our ppl grit and grind to get what we want...sorry u have no heart..dont hate our swag tho if u ask me yall all wanna be our kind..we trend setters yall copy cats
July 21, 2010 9:26 PM"

Haha! Look at the grammar in that comment - we've got a serious brain child on our hands here. Yes, Tyrone, we actually do want to be "your kind" - poor, illiterate criminals - how did you even get online being that stupid?

the 1rst guy got it rite the craccer who rote this shyt is ignorint n dont no wat he talkin bout. the hood dont go to 135th st n holmes aint hood east of troost is. n why u slammin niggas for us kiccin it n westport bitch boi we aint causein no prollems out there.
2ed guy u stoopid pussy how u gona talk down on a race blacc are superior in every way nd white folk are worse den asians. selfish greedy snakein pussy ass liars.
3ird hate on da hood lil homie is styll 5100 bellefontaine on mi mufuccin soul so yaw lil bitch honkys can keep movein to kansas yaw makein da town look bad anyhow
n blacc ppl aint the racist one in dis town ima hunid % white n i aint bin disrespected bout it n ima 4rm bellefontaine ave there aint no white folk (luccily)
but i have bin called da n word hella tymes by white ppl nd craccer by sum white kids. my big cuzz left da hood wint to independence nd deez whte bois threw a bottle at him nd called him nigger now dats ignorint.
so yaw stay dumb i dont give a fuk ima keep it 51hunid lyke alweys nd yaw can keep gittin hooked on meth blamein all crime on blaccs
5100 over nd out pussys

Kansas City Neighborhoods said...

This article on Kansas City neighborhoods is actually very accurate. I've lived here for over 40 years and have lived in most of these neighborhoods personally. If you are thinking about moving here I absolutely pay attention to what is written in this article about the good neighborhoods and the bad neighborhoods and their respective locations and boundaries as they are VERY accurate.

As for the negative comments, of course you are going to offend a certain group of people when you TELL THE TRUTH about an area of town that they may live in or feel close to. Naturally this article would have to offend some people, but alas, it is quite accurate.

Anonymous said...

"the writer obviously doesn't know kansas city very well, he's ignored the southmoreland, volker, west plaza, and kemper/art institute student neighborhoods entirely. also, hyde park..."

Agreed. I live in Southmoreland and it is lovely and unique neighborhood. I am a female in my 20's. I feel the neighborhood is as safe as any other in a big city. People should always use caution and know your surroundings, no matter where you live. The writer of this article is old balls and made many offensive comments. Please ignore their ignorance as they have shamed this awesome Kansas City.

Kansas City Neighborhoods said...

This writer knows what he/she is talking about, we've lived in Kansas City for over 40 years and this article's description of the neighborhoods is dead on. If you are moving to Kansas City from out of town you should definitely pay attention to this article, it will help. The other comments are just people who live in the bad neighborhoods who are offended.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. This writer's description of the "ghetto line" is dead on. ANYTHING east of Holmes is the ghetto. Period. And fuck you Brookside, your neighborhood is overpriced and if you leave your little 20 square block area to go to the store, you are in the hood. Dumb ass neighborhood.

If you're in your 20's you are a dumb ass said...

Haha! That was a funny comment above from the "girl in her 20's", that takes the cake. I'm pretty sure that a girl in her 20's would be the LAST place that we would look for an intelligent opinion. Like, go like, back to like, watching The Bachelor, like, right?? Right?? I know, I was like "right"??

Kansas City Neighborhoods said...

These comments on Kansas City neighborhoods are precious! Overall, yes, the author of this article is dead on. The ghetto is basically anything east of Holmes and North of 95th Street. Although the ghetto is creeping South and West, this shows that the ghetto people don't even want to live amongst their own people. What does that say about them?

Anonymous said...

Heavily agree with the author on this one, I have also lived here for over 20 years and the description of the layout of the neighborhoods in KC seem to be correct. Especially about Brookside, I had a friend of mine who lived there who had his car broken into 3 times within a 2 year period!

Anonymous said...

Yes, this is a good description of Kansas City neighborhoods. It seems to be right on the money and I've lived here for 12 years now.

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for making the day a little better for a white country boy! Why don't you all learn a little respect? Then, and only then, will you earn respect. Everyone complains about their surroundings... Get off your ass and do something about it.

Anonymous said...

I've lived in a suburb of KC, MO for 14 years. I agree with all of your descriptions. The worst areas in KC would probably be Troost, Holmes, Prospect, and Paseo. Those are the scary, run down areas. A lot of people say the Plaza is becoming bad, but I disagree. As long as you're a tad careful (mainly of the homeless people) and avoid some of the surrounding areas, you'll be fine.

Sydne said...

"Haha - the comment above is obviously from a minority - poor schmuck. "

Haha, I'm a minority and stoked about it! Getting a sickkkkkk scholarship to go to medical school! Loves it!!!

Sydne said...

Oh yeah, and my GPA is 3.89, 38 MCAT bro!!

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, affirmative action can be very useful indeed.

bdaronsolomon said...

I swore it was 2011 and not 1960. Ignorance will never die I guess. But I'm just a minority so what do I know. SMH

Anonymous said...

I was born here (TMC- Hospital Hill), and raised in mostly neighborhoods east of Holmes, and I am not offended by this writer's take on the city, but disappointed. If you generalize from your grand, rich ivory tower, anything would seem ghetto. Come back to Earth please.

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone. I hope all is well. As an African American female, born and raised in midtown KCMO, I have to agree with the author of this blog when he/she states that most of the areas he/she has discussed are somewhat “ghetto”. I personally wouldn’t call the areas ghetto, but very run down and neglected by the city as well as the residents that own homes in the area. Our school district in KCMO mirrors the environment of our KCMO neighborhoods, but that’s another story.

I currently live in the northland because KCMO is in ruins it seems. I’m a healthcare professional, I can afford to live in the Verona neighborhood or the Morningside neighborhood that I love so much, but I’m afraid that my presence there will cause much trouble because many of the Caucasian people in the area may have the same mindset as the author of this blog. Many Caucasians think brown people will cause property values to depreciate overnight if we move into “their” neighborhoods. I went house hunting in that area today, and got quite a few turned of noses thrown my way, but hey, it’s cool.

I wish we could just stop the subtle racism on the blog, and appreciate folks for who they are. Some of the comments on this blog are totally out of line. I pray that we can all stop the stereotyping, and learn to love each other just because we are who we are, that being human. God bless. Also, please excuse any typos, the wrong spelling of a word or incorrect usage of punctuations doesn‘t mean I‘m ghetto : )

Anonymous said...

Absolute ignorance here... From a "white" man... you are fucking idiots. Too close to the ghetto? That's a steak in front of a homeless man. This article is credible, minus the overtones of ignorance. If you think this is okay... You can get your gingerbread house ran up in too. Don't be surprised when you get robbed while living in your cloud of over-indulgence. When your corporate infrastructure crumbles from the fall it's already taking... don't be scared when you come to our neighborhood to learn how survival works. If you are scared... off yourself before someone here takes it into their own hands with your shallow spirit. God Bless You.

White Trash is Just as Bad said...

Comment by ignorant "white" man at 5:28, what in the hell are you even talking about? You make no sense whatsoever. Chalk another one up to the Kansas City school district.

Hope you're having fun taking my order at McDonalds! And then to put "God Bless You" at the end - you are a fucking psycho idiot bottom feeder. Crawl back under your rock.

Anonymous said...

Disregarding all the nonsense in the comment sections here, I have an honest question about safe affordable apartment living in the KCMO area. Any opinions on the Grandview area? It's east of Holmes but south of 95th so just curious if it still qualifies as being in the rundown area. I'll just be going to school at MCC-Business and Tech so I really don't give a crap about close access to shops/clubs/whatever. Just trying to find a nice, relatively safe, affordable area to live for a couple years. Thanks for the help, any insight is appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Hell NO! Grandview is an absolute ghetto. Section 8 housing, over 80 percent minority, STAY AWAY! I would also stay away from MCC Tech unless you plan to spend the rest of your life fixing copy machines. It's just like going to DeVry - high cost tuition, terrible job placement.

DJ Mick said...

This is an entirely too accurate account of KC--this author is spot on--the ghetto is chasing hard working people in every direction. Don't bother trying to "just get along." These ghetto rats don't listen to reason, nor should you. We moved here from Denver and the ghetto is a terrible mess here in KC. They are spreading like a disease and there is no stopping these welfare turds. My advice: buy a gun and keep it close. Buy two or three. These ghetto rats are a plague.

Anonymous said...

woooooooah,,, thank god i'm not a neurotic paranoid isolated poisey person like the author of the blog and it's sympathizers/////wowwwww....people like you NEVER grow!! youll never grow up!

Anonymous said...

This article is extremely accurate. What is not "grown up" about being honest about the state of a city and it's neighborhoods? I think you need to grow up - oh, and learn how to spell and punctuate. Must be poor.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and you missed the fact that the moron actually complimented the author and the author's supporters by calling them "poisey". Nice try, but the definition of "poisey" is:

Poisey: Graceful and elegant bearing in a person.

Don't hate us because we're beautiful...and live in Leawood.

Patt said...

So my wife and I will be moving to KC the end of this year and reading all of these posts i'm still a little unclear. I understand that there are some bad areas, but doesnt every big city have bad areas? And i could care less about the color of the persons skin that lives in the bad area. Bad areas have bad people, and bad people commit crimes and so on. With all this rasicm bs aside, i'm concerned about my wifes safety when she is going to college at the university of mo. During the daytime and the evening when she is coming home from class is it really that bad? Thank you for your help.
Unfortunately the author of this post is uneducated when it comes to the status of the economy and doesnt realize most of America is now lower middle class.

di2007 said...

I agree.

di2007 said...

"How did you even get online being that stupid"

...well, you're online. The writer of this article managed to find an audience for his soapbox -all online.
Perhaps it's fair to note that judging an individual's intelligence based on online nuances is as fruitful as...hmmm, say, judging an individual based on skin color. Now, where did THAT idea come from?! Surely, it must be New Age hocus pocus!

I might add, for *anonymous* you listed quite a few grammatical errors (prepositional & redundancy), though since you spelled our each wording rather than using "slang" MUST insinuate your superiority and intelligence, hmmm?

Interesting your word choices in writing just two sentences:

"We've" as if you speak for everyone.
"Your kind" I believe Hitler spoke similarly in prose. YOU should be proud of that connection! ;)
"Illiterate" ah, yes, the good ole' illiterate tag. I like showing off my literacy skills too. :)
"Criminals" To be illiterate is to be criminal, therefore...

BRAVO anonymous! You really proved yourself!

di2007 said...

Ah yes, it can. How else will our country advanced and progress? Surely you don't believe white skin equates intelligence...oh wait..OMG, YOU DO.

How embarrassing. And now how long have you lived in Missouri? Have you ever stepped out? Poor thing. I hope someone has at least informed you that the world is round. Poor thing.

di2007 said...

Hear hear.

And I'm considering UMKC for a grade school in the areas of social policy or sociology. It seems the closed in city of KC is a ripe area to study for social inequalities -both figuratively and literally.

di2007 said...

I hope you revisit this blog.

I'm considering UMKC for grad school. My focus will be social policy. This blog has been an eye-opener and weirdly enough, this makes me want to further move to KC area -at least for just a few years. The reason being is exposing the backward and ignorant culture of Missourians to the nation and the world.

Not a big deal, who cares right? One needs only to watch politics to know racism is blatant. However, KC is striving to be a top-notch city revered for its cultural and art scene. It could also benefit for a bit of tourism. The city would be wise to implement cultural awareness and rapid changes if they want outsiders to view their city as a region placing value in intellectual pursuits, progressive actions, and diverse culture.

Otherwise, it's just some dot on the map.

Kansas City BBQ said...

Actually, Arthur Bryant's is pretty nasty - try Jack Stack, MUCH better. You lost that argument in the first sentence. Sorry!

di2007 = old or ugly, or both said...

"hocus pocus"? Looks like we've drummed up an old person. Well, I know you like to think of yourself as loving all of the races and idiots alike, but people like you are the same morons that elected Obama. Great job.

Anonymous said...

You sir, are completely illiterate and should be put to sleep.

Anonymous said...

Ever stepped out? Hmmm...well besides our winter home in Scottsdale, and our spring retreat at The Windsor in Vero Beach, I admit we are pretty homely. You would be kicked out of our country club so fast it would make your liberal head spin off. Stay on your own side of the tracks, oh and I like my steak medium rare please.

KansasCityNews said...

Ah yes, UMKC, haha - you will get a really good taste of racial diversity there. Everyone at UMKC is either Saudi or Aisian. You will have a great time there, but as for you exposing anything to the world, that won't be happening Key West boy. You will be silent and be restricted to blog board comments as you are now. It takes genius to build a site that comes up in Google like this one does, they don't teach that at college. You will just fall into obscurity like the rest of the college graduates working at FedEx Kinkos with master's degrees.

Aimee said...

She's going to the "university of mo" - not sure what that is, are you referring to The University of Missouri? If so, that's in Columbia, Missouri. If you are attempting to refer to The University of Kansas City Missouri, yes, that is located in central Kansas City and she will be surrounded by harmless, insect-like Asians who keep to themselves and get straight A's. There will also be a handful of artsy, theater type people who like to go to coffee shops around the school. Would not recommend walking around near Troost or Rockhill at night in that area. Hope this helps and welcome to Kansas City!

Kansas City News said...

Hahahaha, NICE one, fucking Patt, you take a pot shot at us for not realizing that most of America is lower middle class, yet you don't even know the name of the college that your wife will be attending? Hope she ends up making enough money for both of you, because you will obviously be serving up burgers somewhere. And no, most of America is not lower middle class, they are actually considered upper lower class, if that helps you. We, however, fall into a much higher class thanks to a lot of hard work and cutting through the bullshit. We tell it like it is here, sorry if that offends people. The truth usually does.

Sushi Bar in Kansas City said...

This is actually a very accurate article on Kansas City neighborhoods, the ghetto in Kansas City, and also the nice places to live in Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

racist pig!

Anonymous said...

and youre a meth head retard-molest any kids lately!

Anonymous said...

These Hitler jr's have no idea what they are talking abt-so if you dont want to live in the "ghetto" I guess you will go to the burbs-where you will find meth heads,child molesters and rapists; etc. I hope no one belives this crap. This so called writer is a narrowminded racist who probaly molest little kids in his spare time in the burbs! As a "writer" shouldnt you do research first?-Living in your bubble does not qualify-Youre so stupid-do you even have a GED? I agree dont come to the "ghetto" cause they eat racists like you for dinner. Belive me we want to stay away from you as much as you do us. We dont need you kidnapping & molesting our kids. All these comments show really how stupid you all are. What a shame-its nice to talk that crap from your computer-guarantee you would not talk that around anybody of color; because you already know what would happened.
Justice for Trayvon!!!!!! May you all burn in hell!
Signed an Educated Black Woman who probaly makes more that all of you-mad huh!

Anonymous said...

In hell!
and we hate your trailor trash meth head ass to!

Anonymous said...

So you must think money buys common sense; no one cares how many homes you have-you are prob so much in debt-thats why you are a miserable racist. Country club-are you kidding me???? There is Nothing worse than a fool; but an old fool; and you are the epitomy of an idiot!

Anonymous said...

beautiful... but you want lips,skin,nose,butt; etc like us-lol dont hate us because you want what you cant have; pasty skin not in?

Anonymous said...

Yes Quanisha, we can tell by your excellent spelling and grammar that you are extremely well educated. Phoenix University Online maybe? And nothing would happen in the "hood" to a white person. Everyone knows that black people only fight in groups. One black guy by himself wouldn't do a damn thing to anyone, he would wait until it was at least 3 on one before fighting. Dirty jigs.

Anonymous said...

I think what really makes people upset about this article and it's comments is that the truth hurts. People do not want to hear the truth about themselves and it hurts them when someone points it out. This article, in my opinion, is very accurate, and anyone who takes offense to it just knows their role in society and they are afraid to face the truth about themselves.

Anonymous said...

^
Smartest comment made yet - right up there. Well said, Fred. This is a great article to help those who are moving to Kansas City and want to know the truth about the neighborhoods. It couldn't be more right on. You can tell by the poor grammar that the people who don't like this article are undereducated and unsophisticated. But, even still, they are entitled to their own opinion, even if they can't spell it or write it in correct English.

Anonymous said...

That is so true, just look at the spelling and the grammar of the people who made negative comments about this article - complete morons. Probably couldn't even figure out how to write their name on the front of the SAT exam, let alone take the thing!

Anonymous said...

Comment at 1:31pm above, your grammar and spelling completely discount your statement. You are a moron, go to a local community college and take English 101 please, THEN attempt to write.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHA! Look at the comment at 9:10am, he says that he is considering UMKC for a "GRADE" school. Oh my God, now that is classic. A grade school.

Anonymous said...

Comment at 1:24pm above, you do not have a clue how to correctly place a semi-colon do you? Your lack of grammar completely nullifies your attempt at making a statement on this matter. Go back and get your GED now, run along.

Anonymous said...

No one that received a 38 on their MCAT test would ever use the word "bro!!" in a sentence. You, sir, are a bold faced liar. Now get back there and make me some fries.

Anonymous said...

Probably not going to happen, the people there would be too out of shape to chase us on foot, and their cars are too broken down to catch our finely tuned automobiles. You don't even know what the word racist means, you just feel great when you say it. Go suck Obama's butthole and get back to having babies on the welfare.

Anonymous said...

AMEN!

Anonymous said...

Your grammar sir is astounding. You do not possess the intelligence required to comment on this article. Please get back in the dish room, the servers out front are running out of forks.

KansasCityNews said...

You are very welcome! We have written several articles about Kansas City neighborhoods. Simply go to the search box in the left column of our news site and search "neighborhoods" and you will find many more of our incredibly insightful articles about Kansas City neighborhoods.

We at Kansas City News are proud to serve Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is Trayvon? And no, you do not make more than anyone. Now go back in the back and get me some extra ketchup.

Kansas City Real Estate Expert said...

This is actually a great depiction of Westport. Right on the money. If you are moving to Kansas City, don't listen to some of these people as they LIVE in these neighborhoods and are just being defensive about them. Westport is just as this article describes, as are the rest of the neighborhoods in this article, it was beautifully written and should help a lot of people getting ready to move to Kansas City.

Kansas City Tourism and Info said...

Good article on Kansas City neighborhoods, the ghetto in Kansas City, and good areas to move to in Kansas City. As a 40 year resident, most of this article is very true. Although a bit acidic, it is indeed true for the most part about the neighborhoods in Kansas City, especially the part about staying WEST of Holmes road no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Although this is a fair assessment of Kansas City neighborhoods, you must take everything in this piece with a grain of salt. I have lived in Kansas City for 25 years and I would have to say that the part of the article about Kansas City neighborhoods that I agree with most would have to be Brookside. The houses that are located between 63rd and Wornall and Gregory at Holmes. These houses are burglarized repeatedly, as the ghetto in Kansas City is only a few blocks away. Sure, the residents of Brookside try to be very proud of their neighborhood, as they paid WAY too much for their houses...but the reality is, if they want to go to the neighborhood (or closest) liquor store or convenience store (7-11 on 63rd) then you will quickly realize that you are truly in the hood. As for rating neighborhoods, I follow the general rule of thumb that if you have to prepay for gas at the gas station, you are probably not in a good neighborhood. They don't ask you to prepay in Leawood, I'll tell you that.

Anonymous said...

EXCELLENT bit about the gas stations. That pretty much wraps this article up, the proof is in the pudding. If you have to prepay at a gas station anywhere hear your house (or where you're looking to buy a house) you are not in a good neighborhood. That really proves that this article is a very good barometer for the neighborhoods in Kansas City, pretty much every neighborhood they said was in the ghetto, you would have to prepay for gas. Enough said, Fred.

Minorities, quit pulling the race card, you got your president, now shut the hell up said...

This article is not racist, it simply states the TRUTH about something. You minorities need to learn the difference between what you call racism (pretty much everything) and what is simply stating what is a true fact. Do black people like fried chicken and watermelon, yes. Do mexican males drink Budweiser and try to pick up white women, yes. Do mexicans have way too many children, squeeze together into one little apartment and collect welfare? Yes. Stating these facts is not being racist, it is just telling the truth about something. There is a difference. This news story about Kansas City neighborhoods couldn't be more accurate, and you would know that most of it is very true if you have lived here for any long period of time.

Anonymous said...

Kansas City neighborhoods and ghetto areas are really fairly cut and dry compared to some neighborhoods like in Florida where we live. Here in Tampa, you can be on a $5 Million dollar resort and then turn and head about 3 blocks east and you're in the poorest, nastiest neighborhood you've ever seen. At least in Kansas City it sounds like the neighborhoods and the ghettos are easy to define.

Anonymous said...

That's very true, if you have to prepay at the gas pump, you are NOT in a good neighborhood.

Neighborhoods in Kansas City said...

I'm not sure that the account of Westport in this Kansas City neighborhood article is exactly dead on accurate. KCMB News makes a lot of good points, and they are on track for most of the facts about Kansas City neighborhoods in this summary, but there is a lot more to know about KC neighborhoods and the ghetto in the area. The biggest misconception that people from out of town have is that Kansas City is in KANSAS when it is in fact in Missouri. Kansas City, Kansas is indeed a city, but it is not what we consider to be the real Kansas City, which is located in Missouri. Kansas City, Kansas is just a giant ghetto.

Anonymous said...

Where was the ghetto of KCK in 1993 my friend doesnt believe me that I lived there because he says that there is NOT a ghetto in KCK and never has been a ghetto in KCK because he believes Kansas would NEVER let any city get that bad and I say he is full of shit and he called my dead mother a liar because she was the one who told me we lived in the ghetto of KCK till I was 3 and I was born in 1993. Hope you answer me thanks!

Kansas City, Kansas VS. Kansas City, Missouri said...

Sorry to hear about your mother, but in 1993, and well, ALWAYS, Kansas City, Kansas has been the ghetto. The entire city is a giant ghetto, street bums walking around, shootings pretty much every weekend, and a very lower class society in general. The people there are extremely poor and crime is high. That, by definition, is indeed a ghetto. Government housing and section 8 housing of run down little 1 and 2 bedroom hovels make up the majority of the neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kansas. People who live in Kansas City, Missouri do not acknowledge the existence of Kansas City, Kansas, and absolutely do not consider it to be a part of Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

odd you would say that, because i live in the nicer part of southern overland park, and i dont think that westport is a bad area in the day or night. i am 18 and white and i feel fine walking when its dark outside.

Redman said...

yall aint cool, O-M-G,. you did not type in perfect grammar,,,KISS OFF! this is the internet, i'm 100 percent sure that if the nameless POISEY!,,,,pussio,pussface....you SEE docc, a guy such as i dont aspire to speak in some vague language, plain speak, gets the point across, in a unique way....anyways, yea theres poorly developed souls that have bad judgement n morals...... what is it with the demonization of the poor?! we all aren't rich yet we all live close to each other theres no running away you POISEYS!!!!!! thats for sure, i don't like living next to a mess, there good qualites in every class, it takes finesse and strength of character to be mobile in your social skills...........yep........but im just a poor boy,,,,,with vision that you all can't see,,,whats stopping us from driving off an economic cliff?!?! not sure, but if so we are all one paycheck from being one of THOOOOOSE,,,unmentionables.. OH YEA LANGUAGE IS SUBJECTIVE....CAN U IMAGINE TRYING TO SPEAK ARABIC OR MANDARIN
HA HA! AND YALL FIGHT OVER WHERE TO PUT " OR ',,,,yea ya freakballs! and im not even a black pride supporter, coolness and resolve exist in any race or town, neighborhood,parish,etc,etc....assholism exist everywhere too,,,,,,,,SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YA

reddogg said...

oh yea there is a pervasive quality of hatred of other people on these comments.........

do you all hate and despise as much!??

freaks

Anonymous said...

Wow! Reddogg, you might be the most surprisingly idiotic person to comment yet. I would also like a large fries with my order, thank you!

Anonymous said...

If only you had an ounce of intelligence or wisdom, you MIGHT become mediocre. Now what's taking so long on my BBQ ribs back there?

Anonymous said...

#FuckAngryNiggers2014

Anonymous said...

I've lived a quite a few cities in the US and Kansas City has a lot of backward thinking racist idiots. A whole lot of ignorant redneck white people who think this is their world and all the rest of us are just stopping by. This city is a least 25 years behind the times. And don't get me started on the BS of Kansas City "nice". Black people rise up and take what's yours. This country was built on our backs, we own it. No more apologies! Times up!

big poppa said...

I would say this, most of every one on here sound stupid. If u dont like a area than stay away, plain and simple. U can not run away from black ppl unless u own a space ship ok. And u white ppl talk about the ghetto, but really talking about a nother human being that u dont even know, so how stupid and childless is that. We understand that yall white ppl is scared of us because we kick ass quickly and thats understandable. Yall r extremely timid and weak, but that's not our fault. Alot of decent white womens love to sex a stout black man. They love the size of our penis and how we work that magic pole. But dont get mad about it. Yea yall call us ghetto and thats fine, but yall r oringinal from the caves at least yall ancestors is. Do the research and yall will c were the Caucasian word come from. From the caucasiod mountains!! Understand real history ok. The Moors had to teach yall ancestors how to bath and cook food because yall ancestors was eating animals raw. Thats y right up to this very day yall love bloody meat, raw. I can bring alot of evidence and put it on here and allow yall to do research for your selfs but i dont have to belittle anyone on here. I really laugh at dumb racist white ppl, cause they dont realize that they ancestors was cave men not blacks. Yall know that yall cant stand sun to long! Y because yall skin is similar to pig skin in a way and yall blister up and catch cancer and stuff. But we can stay in sun all day! And it states in the bible that no one is to eat the life blood of a animal any animal!!! Unless u r animal!!! I can go on and on about yall white pitiful ppl thats really uneducated about truth! But i rather kerp yall in the dark. Lol. Have a nice day. P.s i almost forgot y do yall smell just like a wet dog everytime yall get wet???? That cave man D.N.A HAVE NEVER LEFT YALL. HAVE A NICE DAY.

Anonymous said...

I might agree with some of the article but when she says the ghetto is moving into our neighborhoods that is when she is getting racist. There are some racists in KCMO that are living in the 60s but for the most part people are pretty decent.

KansasCityNews said...

Nothing racist about the word "ghetto" - that could apply to ANY race. Just stop using the word racist - it's a go-to word for ignorant people who can't understand the difference between fact and racist.

Example A: There are a shit ton of black people in this restaurant

Is example A above racist? Answer: NO, it is someone merely stating a true fact.

Read a few more books, then try to use your grown up words.

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