2014 was a great year for Kansas City. Last year Kansas City was brought into the national spotlight and it continues to shine. First and foremost the success of the Kansas City Royals made for the most exciting fall I have ever experienced here in Kansas City. And as disappointing as it was to lose the series, it didn’t matter, the Royals brought the city together and made us proud and I can’t wait to see what they do this year! The Royals home opener is April 6th against the White Sox so mark your calendar.
In the August 19, 2014 edition of the New York Times, writer Joe Goses’ article MILLENNIALS GOING TO KANSAS CITY TO LIVE AND WORK, is about the economic growth in downtown and the Commerce Tower, located at the intersection of 9th and Main street. The 30-story Skyscraper was built in 1965 and is currently being renovated for residential and commercial office space, retailing and restaurants. The article also talks about the $5.5 billion in public and private downtown projects including the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Sprint Center and the Power and Light entertainment district and the $100 million streetcar starter line.
In the article real estate developer Michael Knight says about Kansas City, “The best plan really doesn’t matter if timing isn’t on your side, and in Kansas City the timing couldn’t be better, it’s like all the tumblers on a safe door lining up. Click – you got a winner.”
The University of Missouri – Kansas City is working towards moving their conservatory downtown. This is a $96 million project and $31 million in private donations have been pledged and $17 million is still needed in private support. Once that has been raised the State of Missouri will be asked for the matching $48 million.
Moving the Conservatory to downtown will add to the economic engine downtown. The Crossroads Arts District is home for the performing arts organizations; the Ballet, Opera, and Symphony. Once downtown, the Conservatory’s enrollment will be 620 students which will add to the downtown economic growth. The Conservatory’s will be located directly south of the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts.
FORBES Magazine named Kansas City, Missouri for having one of the best downtowns and in the article it says, “Although there had already been a wide variety of artists living, working in and coalescing around downtown Kansas City, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened and quickly became central, and a visual monument to show just how seriously Kansas City takes the arts. Combine that love of culture with walkable and livable downtown, a wide variety of neighborhoods as ‘The Plaza,’ which is known for its upscale shopping and entertainment. Plus, where ever you look in Kansas City, there’s another fountain dancing in front of you.”
The Huffington Post named Kansas City as the ‘Coolest” City In America and one of America’s Top 5 Cities to Keep on Your Radar.
In November 2014, TRAVEL + LEISURE readers chose Kansas City as America’s Most Affordable Getaway for the fourth consecutive year and the third best over all city.
TRAVEL + LEISURE also named Kansas City on of ‘AMERICA’S BEST COFFEE CITIES’
One of my favorite features on Kansas City was on CBS Sunday Morning and Steve Hartman’s article on the Secret Santa here in Kansas City. Check it out, it’s terrific!
THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES – BOB DYLAN
The new album, LOST ON THE RIVER, The New Basement Tapes is a creative collaboration by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons and produced by T Bone Burnett.
The artist and Burnett gathered in Capital Studios in March to write and create music for the treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement tapes by Bob Dylan.
One of the songs featured on the album is Kansas City, sung by Marcus Mumford and is getting lots of national air play and song 19 on the album is Six Months in Kansas City (Liberty Street).
Austrialian singer Lorde’ s Grammy winning song “ROYALS” was inspired by George Brett with his Royals jersey.
And it doesn’t stop… American Idol just concluded their stay in Kansas City which aired on Fox this past week and in their final scene Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. and their crew eating a platter of ribs.
KANSAS CITY is all over the place… the city that we may take for granted is being recognized for what we have always known and why we make it our home.