Spiffy Kansas City has more than meets the ear (Jane Roy Brown, Boston Globe)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Let’s face it: This isn’t on everyone’s list of places to see before you die. It wasn’t on ours, either. But serendipity — in the form of an airline credit that had to be used in the Midwest — bumped it to the top of the itinerary.
So there we were in the city of Count Basie and barbecue — that’s all that came to mind when conjuring up an image of our destination. And if good jazz and a sweet rack of baby back had been all that Kansas City had to offer, that would have been fine.
As it turns out, the city has pumped $4 billion into revitalizing its downtown since 2000, and new theaters, an arena, museums, and shopping plazas gleam like a vision of Oz. A river walk and bike path along the Missouri River let people get up close to the muddy current, which once carried riverboats to the western frontier. Rehabilitated historic buildings, world-class art museums with free admission, ample free parking, and a historic boulevard and parkway system are among the other unexpected pleasures (read more)