Why I love Wyandotte County

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By MACKENSEY MILLER Published: Monday, July 10, 2006 10:24 AM CDT Mackensey Miller As Told to Grandpa Wolf As a fourth generation "Dotte Original" I am proud to call Wyandotte County home.
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Christine

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Jul 13, 2006
 
I too am a Dotte original. I was born and raised in Wyandotte County and love all the things going on here. But I must admit with growth I miss the small town atmosphere that we used to have here in KCK. We were part of the metro but still a nice home town. Well, all things must change and its good to see its for the better!
IM FROM THE DOTTE

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Jul 19, 2006
 
Christine wrote:
I too am a Dotte original. I was born and raised in Wyandotte County and love all the things going on here. But I must admit with growth I miss the small town atmosphere that we used to have here in KCK. We were part of the metro but still a nice home town. Well, all things must change and its good to see its for the better!
I grew up in Wyandotte County myself. There is a big differnce now than the way it used to be. Where we played in the streets even younger people of my generation are out selling drugs trying to ruin what we had and what we wanted our kids to have. I love wyandotte county but, when it comes to parts of it I would rather stay here where I dont have to deal with all the drugs and violence. The only thing that I learned is no matter what happens where ever you are the same things apply. Even where I am from there is more going on now then in my childhood. I can deal with it it is my hometown but, on the other hand why live somewhere that is falling apart from day to day. Trust me I was young and stupid I was right along with em. but, I saw the light and no have changed. It is just sad that all the crime and drugs never stop there. It sickins me to think that its the generation that ruined what was in my childhood. I LOVE THE DOTTE but, in small doses....
Daryl

Lawrence, KS

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Dec 2, 2006
 
My wife and I used to be a huge supporters of Wyandotte County. She was born and raised here. She used to be one of those people who would not allow a negative comment on the dotte go unchallenged, but with all the new growth. Wyandotte county cares little for the people who have always been here and more for the people they can steal away from Johnson County. Not to mention all the new business oppertunities. I used to think it was worth paying the insane property taxes to live here, but now we cannot wait to get out.. I am a small business owner and they have done everything possible to make it hard. I know people running the same type of business in Leavenworth County and they run it cheaper and are left alone. What was I thinking sticking by this county?? If you love it.. Its all yours... Good Luck!!!
Mike A

Overland Park, KS

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Feb 2, 2007
 
I too am a Dotte original. I was born and raised in Wyandotte County, but I feel we are being force out by all of the “Gang Violence. A day doesn’t go by without a shooting. At night all you hear is gun shots and KCKPD cannot do a thing about it. I own my house and have put a lot of money in it, we have not stay at our house in over a month, we are now moving to Overland Park. Most police department run DUI check points, why not a “Gun check point”, why not a curfew for these kids. Look at the new for the past few weeks,“2 kids arrested for guns at school (JCH), shooting/murder at 9th and Central,
Shooting at 11th and Shawnee, shooting/murder at 7th and Central, shooting/murder at McD at 7th and Kansas Ave. Drive by shooting everywhere. KCKPD need to take a hard line on these kids. Take back our street!
Dave B - KCK

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Feb 2, 2007
 

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I was raised in Johnson County but took my first two years of college in KCK and moved here in '73. In those days this place was run by a tight little clique of folks who milked the place for their own enrichment. Patronage politics and nepotism were the hallmarks of WyCo/KCK government. Nobody could believe that the smokestack industries that drove the economic engine would ever leave or that citizens would get sick of paying the salaries of all those idiot cousins and brothers-in-law of the politically connected that clogged the government and public safety services. Thankfully most of that has been flushed away (except at the B.P.U.) and some life has been generated in a community that for too long seemed quite comfortable to rot both politically and economically. It ain't perfect and it ain't cheap (as my tax bill attests) and there are still some maggots chewing away at the neglected parts of the place, but it is so much better than it was! Can it be better? Yep, but it will take people who can see the long term and commit to improving the place for everybody instead of just their little wad of buddies.
Mike A

Overland Park, KS

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Feb 7, 2007
 
"KANSAS CITY, Kan.-- Two people who took a wrong turn Monday night ended up being shot, police said.
The victims told police that they had accidentally crossed the bridge into Kansas City, Kan., and they were driving slowly to figure out how to get back to Missouri. When they reached the corner of Fourth Street and Washington Boulevard, they did a U-turn, and someone in the car ahead of them fired shots at their car."
Just stay out of KCK, no one there cares!
Bruce McCuistion

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Feb 7, 2007
 
Christine wrote:
I too am a Dotte original. I was born and raised in Wyandotte County and love all the things going on here. But I must admit with growth I miss the small town atmosphere that we used to have here in KCK. We were part of the metro but still a nice home town. Well, all things must change and its good to see its for the better!
If the Governor of Kansas is successful at establishing state run casinos, and Wyandotte County adopts the previous Oz Theme Park idea which Johnson county voted down, we may only be seeing the start of an incredible explosion in Wyandotte County. I bet those folks running the Argosy Casino across the state line in Riverside must be a bit nervous.
Melissa R

Warrensburg, MO

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Apr 19, 2007
 
Dotte original! Yep, bethany hospital 1975
David W

Kansas City, MO

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Jun 10, 2007
 
I love Wyandotte County. I grew up on 47th street and I loved my childhood. I can still remember all the stores and it was great. I wish I could go back and raise my kids where I grew up but there is no way. I love what is going on in Western Wyandotte but the goverment has forgot about the rest of the city. The main problem with this city is they need to stop building apartments, Section 8 housing and low income homes. All these do is bring crime and violence to the area.
John G

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Jun 13, 2007
 

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Still live in the Dot. Have for 55 year's. All these changes are for the money guy's. The working class as alway's. Has an up hill climb. You couldn't pay me to move out of the Dot. You can keep JO.
Concerned

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WYANDOTTE COUNTY is one of the most god awful places in the surrounding states to live!!! Crime, drugs, poverty, filth and god knows what else. It would make anyone being an outsider stay out. Its the most political corruptive county everrrrrrrrrrr!!!! I WOULD BE EMBARASSED TO BE A SO CALLED DOTTE!!! To all who love it, god help you all!!! How can you raise a child in such a hell hole! I left and will never look back, Nasty Nasty County!

Since: Jul 07

Kansas City, MO

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Aug 10, 2007
 
They do call it CrimeDotte for a reason.
Kathy

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Sep 12, 2007
 
David W wrote:
I love Wyandotte County. I grew up on 47th street and I loved my childhood. I can still remember all the stores and it was great. I wish I could go back and raise my kids where I grew up but there is no way. I love what is going on in Western Wyandotte but the goverment has forgot about the rest of the city. The main problem with this city is they need to stop building apartments, Section 8 housing and low income homes. All these do is bring crime and violence to the area.
I also grew up in the 47th street area. I love Wyandotte County. It makes me sad to see all the negative changes. Yeah Peter's salad burger.
KCK

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KCK west of, say, 65th, really hasn't ever been that terrible, except for maybe a couple key apartment complexes. In my life time, and I am 21, everything west of 635 had once been just fine. Indian Springs was healthy and there was even a Sears at 38th and State Avenue in Tower Plaza.

Turner has never been too terrible, nor Argentine, Rosedale, Armourdale, the Central Avenue corridor, Strawberry Hill or downtown.

I don't think KCK is ready to "throw away".

The national trend is that people are moving back into the inner city and inner suburbs, or out to the far-flung exurbs, creating sort of a "target" effect with the poor and undesirable areas being in the center.

I think KCK's inner neighborhoods, especially south of, say, Washington BLVD and State Ave will benefit from this a great deal in the not-so-distant future. There are some great neighborhoods in inner KCK that have not reached their modern potential. Westheight, Westvale, the neighborhood with the historic street lamps surrounding Bishop Ward and Donnely College, St. Peter, Strawberry Hill, Prescott, and others. The schools are very good for an urban area. Douglass, ME Pearson, Whittier, and Francis Willard elementary schools and Central Middle School. Wyandotte High School might not be too fly, but it's at least diversifying with the growing Hispanic population. Of course, for high school, we have the, what (101st?) best ranked public high school in the United States, Sumner, and it isn't difficult to get into because of lack of demand from current KCK residents. Plenty of private school options, including Bishop Ward High School. Look for the leafy, tree-lined streets of historic houses in inner KCK to come back in big ways in the coming years. Property values have already gone up a great deal and there are, contextual appropriate houses and condos being built in the area too.
KCK

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Sep 12, 2007
 
BTW, the new shopping center anchored by a new Chas Ball at 18th and I-70 will be great. The new Walgreens at 29th and State is great. The Hispanics are really beefing up once nearly dead stretches of Minnesota Avenue west of downtown with new business and restaurants. Minnesota is becoming the Central of several years ago.

Not to mention the Indian Springs redevelopment. I'm pretty certain it will include a Walmart Supercenter and a new transit center. Not always the best choice, but the new Supercenter that replace Blue Ridge Mall is awfully nicer than a dead, runned down mall. Hopefully the idea of 2 Walmart Supercenters coming to the community will bust Ball's ass to remodel our 2 Price Chopper locations on State like they've done with the ones on Roe and Vivion, among others.

Also, hopefully Italian Delight sticks around and gets a spot in the new development!
I love the Dotte

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I was born and raised in Wyandotte County. Lived here for almost 26 years. I love it here. All those who think that the people from Wyandotte are trash are just stuck up snobs, get out, we don't want you here. The development that is ongoing in Wyandotte is wonderful. It has been much needed. I am so proud to call the Dotte my home!
Carrie Wicks-McCrosky

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Feb 9, 2008
 
Melissa R wrote:
Dotte original! Yep, bethany hospital 1975
I now live in Germany, but was born at Providence Hospital which is now Donnelly College , next to Bishop Ward , where I went to high school. It is a shame, my childhood home was sold last year, in the neighbor hood of Westvale, near Wyandotte High School, the same home is is Prairie Village, same builder, but worth several hundred thousand more, and much less crime. I grew up with strong catholic values, but unfortunately thats not the case with everyone in Kansas City , Kansas
Carrie Wicks-McCrosky

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Feb 9, 2008
 
KCK wrote:
BTW, the new shopping center anchored by a new Chas Ball at 18th and I-70 will be great. The new Walgreens at 29th and State is great. The Hispanics are really beefing up once nearly dead stretches of Minnesota Avenue west of downtown with new business and restaurants. Minnesota is becoming the Central of several years ago.
Not to mention the Indian Springs redevelopment. I'm pretty certain it will include a Walmart Supercenter and a new transit center. Not always the best choice, but the new Supercenter that replace Blue Ridge Mall is awfully nicer than a dead, runned down mall. Hopefully the idea of 2 Walmart Supercenters coming to the community will bust Ball's ass to remodel our 2 Price Chopper locations on State like they've done with the ones on Roe and Vivion, among others.
Also, hopefully Italian Delight sticks around and gets a spot in the new development!
Is it going where, there was an old truch stop there, near a crummy hotel ( Eagle?), that would be very good. I hope that the 18th Street Medical Building starts being used again, it was a really nice building to jsut go abandoned.
Bobbie

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Feb 11, 2008
 

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I would like to know if anyone know daniel gilyeat. i would love to write him a letter thanking him for doing what he does! i watch extreme home makeover last night and it was sad for me to watch. can someone please get back to me! email me at blisenbee2002@hotmail.com
KCK

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Feb 19, 2008
 
...well, it's NOT for amateurs. Sellout.

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