A motorcycle policeman gets an enthusiastic greeting at a downtown Overland Park parade.
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Overland Park's flat terrain and grid layout don't provide much drama, but for its residents, reasonable housing prices, good jobs and proximity to Kansas City, Mo. are excitement enough.
The city (where Sprint Nextel employs 12,000 people) recently began building a dozen soccer fields to host national tournaments - good news for local businesses. There are six major medical centers here too, and schools are among the best in the nation.
Happily, development hasn't paved over the green space: The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens covers 300 lush acres, for example.
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