October 11, 2010

Neighborhood Descriptors

"A neighborhood is a geographically localized community within a larger city, town or suburb. Neighborhoods are often social communities with considerable face-to-face interaction among members. "Researchers have not agreed on an exact definition. Neighborhood is generally defined spatially as a specific geographic area and functionally as a set of social networks. Neighborhoods, then, are the spatial units in which face-to-face social interactions occur - the personal settings and situations where residents seek to realize common values, socialize youth, and maintain effective social control."
West Kansas City / OP - "American Dream", Sterile, Corporate, Business, High Strung, Uniform, Fearful, Disillusioned.

East Kansas City - Low buildings, Possible emotional reflection in squat buildings. Low Income, Hot Spots of Wealth, Segregated, Class Struggle, Self-Perpetuating?

River Market - Trendy, Hip, Separated, Communal, Modern, Independent, DIY, Eco Friendly, Green Building, Farmers Market, Close.

Power & Light - Oppressive, Suburbanite Playground, Clean, Structured, Modern, Geometric, Escape, Bustling.

West Bottoms - Industrial, Process Orientated, Function Driven, Cold, Quiet.

West Port - Aesthetics, Charm, Escapist, Entertaining, Transitory, Eclectic, Fast Paced, Historical.

Plaza - Colorful, Open, Historical,  Polished, Commercial, Chic.

* I've only lived here for a few months so I could be reading some of these areas wrong. If so please anyone feel free to correct me.

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