Kansas City: Don't panic. Your skyline is screwed, but Scientology isn't taking over. - 2019-01-11
Ah, Kansas City. One of the best places we have ever lived, and one of the most underrated cities we've ever known. What a helluva town.
The recent panic in Kansas City media about Scientology's "Ideal Org" nearing completion has us nostalgic for the place where we lived for a time about 15 years ago — and loved every minute of it. We actually lived on the Kansas side of the state line that runs through town in a fabulous little KCK neighborhood, Westheight, that even most of the locals had never heard of. It was a short bicycle commute downtown to a great job as managing editor at a weekly newspaper, The Pitch, where we wrote a news and politics column from the perspective of a grilled Kansas City Strip bone-in steak. (Not kidding about that. Here's a sample column, showing how, as usual, the local daily newspaper, the Kansas City Star, was dead wrong about an issue.)
Alas, our stay there was all too short as we were whisked away to our first editor-in-chief job in, of all places, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But anyway, enough reminiscing. Kansas City is naturally buzzing about the big sign Scientology has put on top of its Ideal Org at 18th and Grand, which has permanently altered the downtown landscape.