Talking about downtown in the Kansas City area can be tricky.
That's because there's more than just one.
Smaller cities pepper the metro, particularly north of the Missouri River.
And while the skylines of these municipalities don't stand as tall as Kansas City's, these often historic districts are just as iconic for their respective communities.
Missouri River-living comes front and center in downtown Parkville. Weston's Main Street highlights a vibrant shopping scene. And you can take a trip back in time in Liberty, where four historic sites dot the downtown square.
Think you can spot the downtowns that make up the Northland in a lineup?
Test your visual memory and identify the cities in these photos:
See how you did in our roundup of Northland downtown trivia — click here for the answers.
This look at the Missouri River is part of KCUR's months-long examination of how geographic borders affect our daily lives in Kansas City. KCUR will go Beyond Our Borders and spark a community conversation through social outreach and innovative journalism.
We will share the history of these lines, how the borders affect the current Kansas City experience and what’s being done to bridge or dissolve them.