I've been a little MIA from this blog over the past few months -- at some point I'll probably get into why but I've been off working on other projects. I'm hoping to be back here consistently soon. Meanwhile, I stumbled across this visual heat map that highlights commute times from various parts of Kansas City.
The tool itself is pretty interesting - -as you can actually change it based on your actual destination, or on whether or not you're using public transit (which will show you visually why transit hasn't taken off in the metro -- it's because it pretty much takes longer to get anywhere on a bus than it does in a car).
It also has crime heat maps and amentiy maps. It is actually a really handy little tool for anyone who is looking to move to Kansas City to take a look at where various hot spots are. Other cities are available as well.