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“Just a normal neighborhood”
Review of Brookside

Brookside
Ranked #50 of 156 things to do in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence
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Minnesota
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Just a normal neighborhood”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

Underwhelming. This may be a great neighborhood to live in but is hardly a significant destination for an outsider. The 'highlight' picture in TA sums it up: a normal house with some character. To give this place 5 stars is total ignorance of what else is out there (outside of Kansas City) First, there is nothing notable about the location (i.e. river, lake, ocean, mountains), cars cars cars everywhere making it not feel pedestrian and an eyesore, no notable park or gardens I saw, inconsistent and meager sidewalk landscaping. Might be a nice destination if you're in need of normal.
I know comparable-size cities like Minneapolis and St. Louis have far more interesting neighborhoods than Brookside, but it sounds like the best KC has.

Visited April 2013
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AZ
Level 6 Contributor
536 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
“A little village”
Reviewed 2 April 2013

The best way to understand what it's like to live in Kansas City is to walk around Brookside. Get a cup of local coffee, shop at the Dime Store, buy a sandwich at the Italian deli and eat it at a table on the sidewalk. Sit down at a bar and order the Boulevard Beer on tap. Meet the neighbors. It's an amazing place.

Visited March 2013
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2 Thank BuffCrone
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Lenexa, Kansas
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“I love Brookside!”
Reviewed 5 March 2013

I wish that I lived in Brookside. I love the Roasterie coffee shop, Bella Napoli, all the neat little shops and the walking trail. A nice urban community.

Visited March 2013
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2 Thank headachemom
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Alexandria, VA
Level 6 Contributor
1,602 reviews
721 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 531 helpful votes
“A Small Shopping Oasis”
Reviewed 24 January 2013

Set in a suburb of Kansas City built in the 1930s and 1940s, Brookside was an outpost of shops for those who had moved south of town. It provided a full array of stores for clothing, drugs and sundries, furnishings, groceriies and banking. It was set up as a small town right across from an elementary school and churches with convenient walks throughout. Brookside suffered from the inevitable push of the suburbs further south and west with years of declining sales. However, the rediscovery of the residential area south ot the Country Club Plaza has led to a renaissance for Brookside. New boutique shops entice shoppers to move beyond the search for basics. One store that survived the up and downs is the Five and Dime that still offers a full stock of "stuff" that is inexpensive and interesting. Take some time to walk through the stores and imagine yourself a new resident of the Kansas City suburbs. Even more interesting is to drive through the area and pick out a dream house suited just for you.

Visited December 2012
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3 Thank jeffl499
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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
“Great food and drinks”
Reviewed 8 January 2013

Like this area for its more upscale feel when you shop or dine here it feels nice and they have this five to ten person drinking cart that everyone can peddle around the whole area never tried it but looks fun

Visited January 2013
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Thank Taylor U
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