Happy In Bag

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tractor Pull












I recently cruised 135th Street between Roe and Pflumm for the first time. While I realize it's fashionable to deride the new development, doing so would be disingenuous of me. The truth is that I see the attraction. The athletic fields are spiffy. The restaurants are undoubtedly fabulous. The houses are handsome. The tens of thousands of people who have drifted to the southwestern fringes of the metropolis are living in style. The tractors now working the few remaining fields adjacent to these outlying suburbs will soon be mere memories.

9 Comments:

  • At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Rick in PV said…

    The houses are handsome? You mean that beige-and-gray mass south of 435? Gotta disagree with you there, HiB ...

     
  • At 10:38 AM, OpenID andrewzender said…

    I remember when I moved to KC in 1985 and 123rd & State Line Road looked just like that. I think our house was the third or fourth to go up in our neighborhood; it was just dirt, woodpiles and trucks everywhere else. Then it was off to the MO side in 1998...

     
  • At 11:02 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Yes, Rick, but you also probably know what they look like from their interiors. Pretty nice. Plus, there's that delectable new house smell.

    I remember that in the early '80s, AZ, only a handful of streets, State Line included, cut through that far south. It's not a problem now...

     
  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger bgo said…

    I love it when younger people try to comment on the development of the KCMSA over the last 2 decades or so.

    Ghetto dweller--56 years plus.

     
  • At 7:16 PM, OpenID andrewzender said…

    Is that a jab at me, BGO? That's not very fair. It's not my fault I'm under 30. Just trying to participate in the discussion - I don't claim to be an expert in the history of local development.

     
  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger bgo said…

    AZ, no it was not a jab at you at all but to my fellow, but much younger geezer friend and suburban dweller HIB.

    AZ always hold tight to your own memories and be truthful and all is right with you.

    Friends?

    Bill

     
  • At 1:52 PM, OpenID andrewzender said…

    It's all good. Didn't mean to come off overly defensive. HIB is my friend [and family] too, but he's not a geezer to me.

     
  • At 2:10 PM, Blogger bgo said…

    AZ, thanks. And you are right about HIB, he does NOT realize how young he is and his jokes about his approaching geezerhood are laugh out loud funny for me to read. He is a gifted writer and would like to think a good friend for life.

    Bill

     
  • At 6:49 PM, Blogger the unthinking lemming said…

    In the 70's my parents bought a house at 101st and Metcalf. In the 90's they lived at 151st and State Line. Today they live in Dallas.

     

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