C.W. Gusewell

THE KANSAS CITY STAR

The city that holds our hearts

I confess to being fiercely devoted to this community that 464,000 Kansas Citians call home. At risk of being accused of boosterism, I consider this place at the prairie’s edge a collection of treasures.

We have a daughter who, after 19 years living and working in New York, is planning now to return to Kansas City. There are some who regard the Big Apple as the capital of the civilized world. It can be exciting, and for her it’s been a place for creative growth. But it also is expensive, and not an easy place to make one’s way.

She remembers her girlhood and her friends here fondly. Most of all, she’s attracted by what she has learned of the changes in this town where she grew up – construction of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, expansion of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the flourishing of the Power & Light District.

Over the years, we have lived other places as a family – in Paris for a year and in West Africa for several months.

But for everyone in the world there is one place that will forever be home.

And this is ours.