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2024 Vision: Predictions for Kansas City’s next year

Will the Chiefs win the Super Bowl? What will happen with the Plaza? Here are our best predictions.

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There’s change on the horizon.

Come close. Closer. Okay, that’s too close, back up a little bit. Now, peer into the crystal ball with us to see what 2024 has in store...City Editors Charmaine and Madison already have. Here’s what they saw.

Boulevard Brewing Co. non alocoholic beverages in a bucket

Say hello to Boulevard Brewing Co.'s nonalcoholic line.

Photo by Boulevared Brewing Co.

Editor Charmaine: The rise of non-alcoholic adult beverages will continue with more bars following Wild Child’s example. Experience-focused restaurants — like the high-tech Kura Sushi — will take center stage.

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Walking into 2024 like...

Photo via Kansas City Fashion Week

Which fad fashions will KC embrace?

Editor Madison: We’re a Midwestern city in the middle of the country — fads hit us late and when they do, we’re more concerned about following the beat of our own drum. A trend I’m hoping to start? Bringing back Kansas City Katz merch. This minor league team from the 60s has the koolest logo IMO.

Movies in the Park is a great way to see classic films.

Movies in the Park is a great way to see classic films.

Photo by Wendy Delzeit + @cityoflenexa

What will happen within KC’s film + art scenes?

Editor Charmaine: With a new direct flight to Hollywood, the new MO Film tax credit, and developments like the Zhou B. Art Center, I believe all of KC’s creative industries are about to experience a massive renaissance.

Editor Madison: New year, new film commissioner…meaning change is surely on the horizon for the KC film scene. What am I hoping to see? A Haunting-of-Hill-House-style horror series filmed at Excelsior Springs’ (undoubtedly haunted) The Elms Hotel & Spa.

Country Club Plaza

Looks like the Plaza is getting new owners for its 100th birthday.

Photo by Country Club Plaza

What changes will befall the Country Club Plaza?

Editor Charmaine: I think the new owners will listen to the community and give the people what they want: walkability. I foresee at least one of the through streets being closed off occasionally.

Editor Madison: If it’s anything like the potential buyers’ Highland Park Village, we’ll see a mix of high-end luxury stores + one-of-a-kind local retailers hit the strip. My most devastating prediction: bye-bye Plaza tennis courts.

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We see that score in the third rendering — very smooth.

Images by Generator Studio

How will KC Current’s first season in their new stadium fare?

Editor Madison: If their sold-out season tickets tell us anything, KC has definitely already caught the current. Find me watching the first home match from the line for Waldo Thai.

CHIEFS SUPER BOWL

No caption needed for this feeling.

Photo by Evan Sanders and Kansas City Chiefs

Are the Chiefs going to the Superbowl?

Editor Charmaine: I hate to say it y’all, but I think the Chiefs may have to try again next year. Hopefully that’s just a smudge on the crystal ball and these setbacks are setting us up for a comeback.

What do you see in KC’s future? Let us know.

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