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KC’s favorite neighborhood: Crossroads Arts District beats River Market to win Ink’s tourney

Ink staff

The nightlife in the Crossroads takes shape as friends enjoy dinner while others walk on Main Street.
The nightlife in the Crossroads takes shape as friends enjoy dinner while others walk on Main Street. File

It’s a beautiful day in the Crossroads Arts District.

After tallying more than 2,200 votes in our five round tournament, we’re ready to crown KC’s favorite neighborhood.

In a decisive victory, the Crossroads Arts District beat River Market with 63 percent of the popular vote.

A grassroots campaign helped the Crossroads beat 31 other neighborhoods to take the title.

David Johnson, board member of the Crossroads Community Association and resident since 2004, says the neighborhood is honored by the win. “No mistake that First Friday draws one of the most diverse crowds in the region. People are coming to the Crossroads wanting to experience street life,” Johnson says. “We have a lot going on, so I think people are responding to this.”

The neighborhood has about 2,500 residents, but creative and entrepreneurial spirit are driving rapid change.

“We’re really trying to make sure people understand that we’re not just First Friday, we’re first everyday,” Johnson says.

He cites James Beard-nominated chefs, 400 working artists and craft cocktails as reasons KC is flocking to the district seven days a week.

The win comes as a blow to the River Market, which entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed.

@Flowerinoureyes predicted the outcome on Twitter: “Crossroads always! But River Market is a close second.”

Want to take a victory lap around the Crossroads? Watch for Ink’s September gallery guide and a feature on new Crossroads restaurants next week.

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