What is GOOD about this place? Well if you like Mexican food it is great, LOL. Up and down Independence Avenue there are lots of businesses. Grocery- Price Chopper, Aldi X2 (at each end of Northeast), Sav A Lot over on Truman road.. AND.. a whole bunch of smaller Mexican food stores. Actually, the Mexicano food stores compare in size to Aldi. San Antonio has a Taqueria in it, that makes Mexican food. He does a brisk business, outpacing many of the smaller restaurants. Hmm. There are 3 Mexican full size grocery stores. So that brings it up to 8 grocery stores in about 3-4 miles. That’s not bad at all. If I had no car, I could still do O.K. in Northeast.
For example: I get the online/mailbox flyers from Price Chopper, Sav A Lot, and Aldi. The Mexicano stores don’t have online flyers (that I know of). I go to all three stores easily. West End- Price Chopper and Aldi. I go over to Truman (4 blocks) and pick up what I want at Sav A Lot. It’s so convenient that I will often go to a store for ONE item. Today I went to Sav A Lot to buy Peter Pan Peanut Butter on sale $1.29. The Mexican grocers have sales, but you have to go into the store to find out about them.
There’s 3 Auto Parts stores in about 2 miles of the Avenue. It’s not nearly as hard to negotiate as say, Noland Road. I went over to Overland Park to get computer parts at Micro Center. It was a LONG way to drive, and much more complicated accessing the store from the big 4 lane road with concrete median in it.
Over on St. John there are more Mexican restaurants, and small markets. There’s McDonald’s X2, Hardee’s and Wendy’s. There are a few other hamburger places. Humdingers and another one by the Admiral Hotel. There is Teresa’s drive in.
So if you keep your nose clean, and don’t mess around, it can be O.K. It is getting a little better as the pimps and drug dealers get packed off to prison. The thing about them, is that they do NOT quit. They’ll get packed off, and get out and do the same lifestyle all over again, until they get busted, again.
Farmer’s Market down on the old River Quay district is there. It’s alright, but I rarely go down there. I stay within a few blocks, and get most of my needs satisfied.
The Mexican grocers, actually have competitive prices. I had to have a box of crackers a few nights ago. They were $1 (Always Save Brand). Fair enough. Cheaper than 7-11. They have pretty long hours too. Open at 7AM, then closing at 10PM. So not bad.
There ARE drugs, and sometimes fights. Dunno what that is about, and I don’t want to find out, not really.