Well over one million people live in the Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas City, Kansas, metropolitan area. Kansas City, Missouri, (with echoes of Main Street boosterism) prides itself on being progressive, economically dynamic, democratic, and sophisticated. Lately, it's started singing the "Big City Blues"—crime, poverty, pollution, anomie. Memories of Mrs. Bridge, Evan Connell's wealthy matron who felt useless and incompetent, haunt the Country Club Plaza. But if Mrs. Bridge still lives in Kansas City, and if she can't find anything meaningful to do or any way to open her mind today, she's got her eyes closed.