I have not been to either but am planning a trip through both. My impression of them seems to be that of a competition between a city with many of the problems of the older cities of the east and midwest and one of a city of sprawl like some of the cities of the SW. St Louis, I imagine, has many old institutions and gritty older neighborhoods. KC, I imagine has vast expanses of space and some interesting new construction but tends to be quite generic at times. I imagine St Louis having more in common with Chicago or Atlanta and KC having more in common with Houston or even Columbus. St Louis, I imagine, will have many opportunities for charming inner city restorations and a tight center city repopuIation, including downtown living and a better urban experience. KC I see as having more sprawl and some quirky urban developments and "entertainment enclaves". I have seen some interesting, major center city projects coming from both of these cities which has me intrigued and has prompted me to check them out for myself. I will have to find out for myself and I'll let you know if my expectations are on target.