Independence Avenue allows you to travel the world without leaving KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's an effort underway to designate Independence Avenue as Kansas City’s international market place.

People in the northeast say a visit to the avenue allows you to travel the world without leaving home.

The Northeast Chamber of Commerce says based on school registrations, there are immigrants from more than 50 different countries who now live on or near Independence Avenue. As a result there a huge variety of ethnic grocers, jewelry stores and clothing shops that you won't find anywhere else.

Independence Avenue also has some of Kansas City's best ethnic restaurants, which more people are starting to discover.

"That's what we're hoping to be able to do is to share the opportunity to shop the world," said.

The chamber is launching a campaign to spread the word about the diversity on Independence Avenue. They hope that will lead to more growth and better lives for immigrants and everyone else living nearby.