KC Crossroads makes the cut as one of 15 great places in America according to association

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City is known for its BBQ, the Royals and Chiefs, and its beautiful fountains. But now something else is putting the metro on the maps: the Crossroads.

The American Planning Association named it one of 15 great places in America. The APA's list recognized 15 neighborhoods in the country. The Crossroads was chosen for it's art-focused entities, regular cultural events like first Friday's and the Crossroad's music festival and for hosting a growing number of tech start-ups.

City planners say it's an honor to see an area that's been evolving since the 90's be named next to such well-known places.

"It's joining the ranks of places such as Central Park New York City millennium park in Chicago. It really means you're the creme de la creme of locations in the country," Jeffrey Williams said.

Several residential projects have been approved for the Crossroads, as well as the biggest plan coming to life, the streetcar, set to be in service early next year.