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A little politics, a little urbanism- I also blog 100 percent on urbanism at and

Fargo photos here

Minneapolis photos here

Because I was out of town and my only computer was my Blackberry, I couldn’t really post on this blog between Friday and today.  Suffice it to say that I am grateful for arriving on time to meet someone in Fargo, North Dakota (day 9), having a lunch date with the Chabad rabbi (day 10), finding someplace to stay in a small town when I missed a connecting bus, and learning to appreciate Fargo after seeing how depressing the small town was (day 11), having a chance to visit Minneapolis on the way home (day 12), and getting back here in time to teach class (day 13).

Mission Hills, the richest suburb

Overland Park and Leawood, the most Jewish suburbs

Mission Village, a bit closer in

Westwood Hills, another close-in suburb

Waldo (kind of the border line between streetcar suburbia and 50s sprawl)

Suburban sprawl south of Waldo but within the KC city limits

Brookside (where I live, 20s streetcar suburb)

The city’s not-so-affluent east side: Troost Avenue (the traditional social dividing line) and east of Troost.

Crossroads (just south of downtown)

Crown Center/Union Station (south of Crossroads)

Hyde Park (south of Crown Center but north of Country Club Plaza)

Rich areas near Ward Parkway and nearby blocks that are richer still


Westside (a heavily Hispanic historic area)

Quality Hill (nice area just west of downtown)

Volker (a kind of hipster-y area at the city’s western edge)

Country Club Plaza (probably the most affluent of the city’s walkable intown areas)

So that people who are not my facebook friends can see my Kansas City photos, I thought I would put links to them on this page.  So here are a few to start with:

18th and Vine neighborhood (historic center of African-American population)

Aerial views of the city

I’m about to go to North Dakota for the weekend (long story) so I may have difficulty posting.  I would add that so far my classes seem to be reasonably well-prepared, and I’m grateful for that.


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