Kansas City neighborhood guide


Though today it’s the heart of The New Midwest, Kansas City was once the doorstep to the American frontier, a bootlegging speakeasy type of town, a jazz capital for the greats. Its 240 neighborhoods — spread across 319 square miles and centuries of history — would be nearly impossible to cover, on foot or on the page.

But let these nine be a start. Expect artist hotspots and ‘hoods full of beloved greasy spoons, bustling entertainment districts and monthly street parties, upscale foodie hubs and diverse enclaves where “local” describes everything you taste or touch.

And like players in KC’s famous late-night jazz sessions, these nine neighborhoods can be experienced distinctly or together in harmony, crafting the cultural and culinary chops that earn Kansas City praise from locals, visitors, and everyone in between.

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