What started as a revitalization of the Crossroads and downtown has brought a thriving art district, new restaurants, small business and start-ups and the famed Power and Light District. In all, it’s estimated that Kansas City has put over $6 billion into making downtown new again.
KC received a lot of attention in 2012, here are our favorites:
Frommer’s named Kansas City one of their Top 10 travel destinations in 2012, citing the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, the National WW1 Museum (the only one in the country), the American Jazz Museum, and our culinary delights and we earned top honors as the only US destination on the list.
Kansas City dining also made a name for itself in the New Year. Saveur, one of the nation's top culinary mags, proclaimed Kansas City as America's next great culinary destination for 2012.
Forbes recognized downtown Kansas City as one of their Top 10 Downtowns in America-citing the affordability and ease of living downtown...and plus all of our great BBQ.
Travel + Leisure named Kansas City THE most Affordable Getaway in the U.S. KC was their survey’s winner and won for having an average nightly hotel rate of about $100. KC also won the T+L survey for what-else—our mouthwatering barbecue. They also listed Kansas City’s airport with its easibility and relatively low airfares.
We can’t forget in 2012, Kansas City gained national notoriety for hosting the 2012 All-Star Game. 2012’s Game was be the first time the City of Kansas City hosted the Major League Baseball event. With thousands flocking to the metro to see everything from the Home-Run Derby to the All-Star Fan Fest. KC put on a great show and was the place to be this July.
Oklahoma Joe's, one of our top picks for BBQ, was named The Manliest Restaurant in America by Men's Health.
One the entrepreneurial side, The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Big 5 Initiative, is taking KC to the next level and building to become "America's Most Entrepreneurial City.
Google Fiber: In 2010, over 1,000 communities applied to be the first to receive Google Fiber— Google's experimental internet that uses fiber-optics and offers users 1 gigabit of internet and a corresponding cable TV service. Google Fiber is proven to be 100 times faster than the current internet speeds that we receive in our homes.
Google announced in March 2011 that Kansas City, Kansas, would be the first in the nation to receive the new technology. The same month, Google announced that neighboring Kansas City, Missouri, would also have select neighborhoods that would receive the service. Google Fiber put KC on the map once again tech-wise. I can’t wait for the Fiber to hit my fiberhood.
Late this month, Newsweek included Kansas City Mayor Sly James on their list of the "Five Most Innovative Mayors in the U.S." for what it called his "vision of building the 'Silicon Prairie.' " Once again focusing on the fact that Kansas City is hip, happening and on the verge of something huge.
We can’t wait to see what’s ahead for KC in 2013. Happy New Year to all.