At the beginning of the month, I flew down to Kansas City Missouri and spent a week there for work. While it was my 2nd trip to Missouri (I think I want to St. Louis in 2003 or 2004), it was my first time to Kansas City. Due to crazy pricing, my best option was to fly out of Philadelphia. I had a gym class early Sunday morning, had to fill the gas tank, and that left me 60 mins to get showered, dressed, and packed up. In hindsight, I should have skipped the class. I ended up running out the door around 10:45 AM, drove rapidly to Philadelphia, grabbed the shuttle bus from economy parking, and got to the terminal in record time. The TSA Pre-check line was empty so I breezed through security. Awesome. I ate a mediocre cheesesteak from the airport Geno’s, and boarded my 2 hour flight to KC.
After arriving, I was dismayed to learn my luggage was unfortunately delayed but American promised to deliver it by 1 AM Sunday evening. I took a cab to the Residence Inn Downtown Marriott, and checked in. It’s a brand new hotel (10 months old), and very nice. I ended up taking a walk around town while the sun was still out. Sadly the city is dead and deserted on Sundays, with most stores and restaurants closed, and I encountered only a handful of people while walking. I was surprised. I ended up grabbing dinner with a colleague at Yard House. Excellent food BTW.
The rest of the week was sorta typical for an audit. I would say it was nice to be able to walk 10 minutes to and from the hotel and the office when we could, or if we could the street car. In the evenings, we as a team tried to eat out and explore the nearby Power & Light District. On Thursday night we had some time to have dinner, then attend a mini country concert featuring Corey Smith at Kansas City Live!
The trip back was uneventful, which is a good thing. Overall, I thought Kansas City Missouri was an interesting town. The architecture was intriguing — it was mostly early 20th century. As I understand it, the city lost a lot of its population in the 20th century as residents moved outside into the suburbs. Since then, the city has been working hard to convert old commercial buildings into residential lofts, and add many restaurants and other activities, in order to draw people back to live and work in the city. While I saw a lot of interesting sights in the Power & Light District, it still seems as though many people live outside. I wish them best of luck.