The jazz culture is well-preserved in Kansas City, which sits on the western border of Missouri and Kansas. The city is known for its barbecue, fountains, and barbecue, but it is also home to some of the country's most iconic museums. Its museums showcase works of art from ancient to contemporary times. There is also the American Jazz Museum in the 18th & Vine Jazz District, which shares the same building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri is located in Kansas City, Missouri. The other two districts of the court are in St. Louis and Springfield. In August, the new mayor of Kansas took office. The position of the mayor will last until 2023, making it one of the most important positions in the city. The city council consists of 12 members, including a mayor, and one at-large member elected by citywide voters. The council has a "weak mayor" system, which is unique in the country.
Besides its museums, the city is also a popular shopping destination. Visitors can enjoy shopping in a variety of outlets and find the perfect piece of clothing at a popular boutique. Among these are Banana Republic, Nine West, Rainforest Cafe, and J. Crew. The mall also features major department retailers, such as Nordstrom, Dillard's, and Sephora. During winter months, visitors can spend time in the outdoor mall or shop at the indoor Kansas City markets.