"But consider that Wichita, the very definition of an overlooked city, has also been flying under the national radar for a while now. The state on the whole, yeah, is deep red. Wichita though? It’s more of a rainbow. Mike Marlett, a former alt-weekly magazine editor and media resources guy at Wichita State University, used to tell visitors, ‘It’s a great place to live, but I wouldn’t want to visit here.’ These days, he tells me, he has a new Wichita motto: ‘It’s a cool city that doesn’t really know yet that it’s big and cool’.”

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