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Always the philosophical and visual writer, Robert at KC Free Press provides us with an entertaining and unique view of southern Waldo (75th to 89th Streets). Seeing Waldo through his eyes is a trip. I have also visited Swagger; it is a bar filled with contradictions, but somehow it totally wins you over. I have also frequently marveled at all the signs along the road, varied sign sizes and shapes, the corner bars, and all the different building shapes, sizes and setbacks. I have ruminated on how frightening it would be to walk along that sidewalk which is practically another lane of traffic. It is a chaotic and messy look, and quite the dramatic change from the look of Wornall just 15 blocks north into Brookside. From the great little collection of bars, restaurants and nightlife in the 71st-75th Street stretch, to the more colorful parts farther south – you can’t help but love Waldo.
And as for Waldo real estate, it is a great area to live for those of you who want to be near the state line, just a straight shot south of downtown, and not far from I-435 and the Kansas suburbs. You can find a very nice smaller home for a very affordable price, from about $100,000-$200,000. Most of the homes were built from the 1940’s through the 1970’s, and you’ll find plenty of ranches, some split levels, a few tudors in the northern part, and plenty of small ranch/cape cod mashups.
6 Reasons to love Waldo:
- 75th Street Brewery
- Waldo Crawldo
- Sense of Community (Just look at how they bond together over the Dog Park and more recently over the Waldo rapist)
- Affordable Housing
- Thrifting and junking on Wornall
- Waldo Pizza