816 North Opinion

There’s plenty to link our 816 community

Updated: 2013-12-03T19:52:01Z

By RICHARD ESPINOZA

The Kansas City Star

There was plenty to be thankful for last week when I picked up out-of-state visitors at Kansas City International Airport.

And I had one more thing to give thanks for by the time they left: the chance to experience Kansas City as an outsider for several days.

What stood out as we ran into friends around town and took in the local attractions was how cohesive our community feels. Our lives sparkle with local traditions that link us across the metro area. Sara Beane delved into one of them for this week’s 816 North when she talked to people who are invovled in the Kansas City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, including three Parkville siblings.

And nothing brings us together like sports. It can even be a strong link for someone who’s not that into sports, Susan Vollenweider writes in her column this week. Take a look for a good conversation about what makes a good parent.

Of course, live here a while and you’ll find our divides. Scott Canon and Jennifer Bhargava report this week that some cities are trying to erase one of those divides by convincing Google to bring its Fiber service into more areas. Gladstone has a deal with the company but Parkville and Liberty are waiting.

Deal Saver Subscribe today!

Comments

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here