Signs of Crossroads

The Crossroads neighborhood in Kansas City is an arts district.Crossroads ART sign KC Oct 2009Of course, people disagree on what art is.Crossroads alley grafitti KC Oct 2009And for some reason, artists aren’t content to have us look at their art. They want us to buy it.Grinders 1 KC Oct 2009

Crossroads has some cool billboards (Abdiana is a real properties company)Abdiana billboard KC Oct 2009and a bit of a skyline. (Crown Center hotel, which is south of Crossroads, is on the left; the billboard above is on the right.)Crossroads skyline Crown Center to Abdiana KC Oct 2009You can get to Crown Center, or the Liberty Memorial, or Union Station, via bikeAcme bikes KC Oct 2009or take this rocket if you’re in a real hurry (I believe that’s the old TWA building).Old TWA building KC Oct 2009Crossroads has design covered. Besides the office of the AIA (under construction here), there are also two “green building” stores, Elements of Green and Straw, Sticks, and Bricks.American Inst Architects sign KC Oct 2009

There are new lofts with ground-level retail (the Peruvian Connection there on the right is an outlet store that sells samples and last year’s merchandise; you can order full-price merchandise through their catalog)Peruvian Connection KC Oct 2009and stand-alone stores like Michael’s that have been around for a while.Michaels at 19th and Main KC Oct 2009

If you’re hungry, you have a variety of options. Bad Seed is a local farm. (I was hoping the actual farm was here at 19th and McGee, but no luck.)

Bad Seed KC Oct 2009This option is not as healthful but is probably open more often. (At the back of this photograph is a sign for the President hotel, although you probably can’t see it.)Town-Topic hamburgers with President sign KC Oct 2009You know the area will stay clean with women in charge of it (even if this woman can’t frame her pictures correctly). Crossroads Deb's disposal service sign KC Oct 2009I know someone who will be hopping on a plane to get to this store.Crossroads Disc Golf KC Oct 2009Best of all? No bills are allowed. Everything is free. Crossroads Post No Bills sign KC Oct 2009 saved down

The best intersections in Crossroads (going north) are at 19th and Main and 18th and Wyandotte. There’s a tapas place off Main called Extra Virgin that I want to try this week.