The Kansas City Area Development Council publishes a magazine called Options, which is used as a tool to retain businesses, and employees, in the Kansas City region as well as a sales piece for those who may be considering K.C. as their business' next home.
The new edition of the publication has an article titled "Top 10 Reasons to Live in K.C."
In descending order:
10. "With three major and two minor league sports teams, roller derby and allegiances to at least three Big 12 universities, our tailgate parties are always winners--even when our teams aren't."
9. "Kansas City has spawned contestants on Survivor, Design Star, Project Runway, Top Chef Masters, Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef and Work of Art--not to mention an American Idol winner. You might be next!"
8. "Beer from Boulevard Brewing Company, coffee from The Roasterie, milk from Shatto Milk Co., artisanal sodas from SodaVie: We can 'drink local' at every event."
7. "Recently installed ramp meters control interstate congestion, so you'll be covered during that one time a month you actually run into a traffic jam."
6. "It may be 458 miles from Barney Allis Plaza to Graceland, but that hasn't stopped this downtown gathering place from hosting the 'world's largest Elvis parade' every year."
5. "We're home to both Browne's Irish Market, the oldest, family-owned Irish business in North America, and the Irish population to support it!"
4. "It took an act of Congress to designate the National World War I Museum as the United States' official commemorator of the 'Great War,' but it only takes $12 ($6 if you are a kid) to see its one-of-a-kind collection."
3. "KC was dubbed the 'Paris of the Plains' in the Jazz Age; Paris was nicknamed 'City of Light' in the Gilded Age. But with more than 80 miles of multicolored bulbs illuminating the Country Club Plaza during the holidays, we may just usurp that latter identity, as well."
2. "Foodies love us: In 2010, KC restaurants were featured on Travel Channel's Food Wars and Man versus Food, and on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Hungry yet?"
1. "As if the state-of-the-art acoustics in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts aren't enough, the building's dramatic silhouette is giving Kansas City's landlocked skyline its very own seashell."
This is a good list, but I think the editors of Options left out some important items:
- The Sprint Center, ranked the second best arena nationally by Pollstar magazine.
- Barbecue...and more barbecue. From where? Take your pick--Oklahoma Joe's, Gates, Arthur Bryant's, LC's, Jack's Stack, Danny Edward's, and on, and on, and on.
- The "new" Arrowhead and the recently renovated Kauffman Stadium--the best stadium complex in the United States.
- First Fridays in the Crossroads District.
- The BLT's at The Peanut.
- The American Royal...and its barbecue contest.
- Ward Parkway.
- This city's legendary pro athlete, Tom Watson, and our ascending star, Dexter McCluster.
- And...you're only 40 minutes from Lawrence.