KC Has Better Buzz, But it Shares a Midwest Malaise with St. Louis

Photo Courtesy of Andy Hahn/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Kansas City gets all the cool stuff.

That’s the lament I’ve heard from several St. Louisans, both in person and on Twitter, since our western neighbor landed an Ikea store a week ago. Metro Kansas City also has Nebraska Furniture Mart, another destination-type store that has snubbed St. Louis so far, and an annual NASCAR race.

It also has Google Fiber. Last year Kansas City, Kan., beat 1,100 other towns for the honor of getting the Internet company’s first high-speed network. Google later extended the project to much larger Kansas City, Mo.

Our metro-area population is 37 percent bigger than Kansas City’s, and we have three times as many Fortune 500 companies, but we seem to trail in buzz generation. Read more on St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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