All of it adds up to a sense that Kansas City, home to just over half a million people, is growing more visible nationally, a thrill to residents and city officials.
Maybe now that Ms. Swift is connected to the city, they say, more people will discover its museums, low cost of living and easy commutes. (She has also provided a distraction from some of the city’s entrenched problems, including a high homicide rate that has defied the national downward trend.)
“Kansas City is growing,” Ms. Brock said. “We’re not New York or Chicago, but we’re getting there. We’re showing people that we have cool stuff going on here.”
At a Rotary Club event in Kansas City on Monday, members could not stop talking about the Super Bowl. They marveled at the high level of community spirit, the sense of possibility and their pride in Kansas City, said Vivien Jennings, a longtime resident of the area who owned a bookstore in the suburb of Fairway, Kan., for nearly a half-century, until last year.
Also discussed at the meeting: the secondhand joy gleaned from glimpses of Ms. Swift jumping up and down in a luxury box at Chiefs games, Ms. Jennings added, and the “victory kissing” by the couple after a victory.