Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Kansas City: A Downtown Profile

This one isn’t by me, but by the local newspaper. The Kansas City Star ran a three day series on downtown Kansas City. They talk a lot about the development there, including an interactive map with pictures. There’s also a lot of peer city comparisons and data available. Plus there are a number of videos with different folks.

Kansas City is one of the rare Midwest metro areas I have not visited. From what I can see, it appears to be one of the more successful. As the series authors note, however, the downtown development game is extremely competitive, and just investing to make yours better doesn’t even necessarily allow you to keep up with the Joneses. The series suggests that despite $3+ billion invested to far this decade, KC is actually in danger of falling behind. Wow. They appear to be doing great on the condo front, though, where they are among the Midwest leaders in new downtown units and residents.


Cities: Kansas City

4 Responses to “Kansas City: A Downtown Profile”

  1. Marshall says:

    Hey Urbanophile, I love reading your stuff, both here and on the IBJ boards – I’m hooked! Keep the news coming, you’re a wonderful source of info!

  2. The Urbanophile says:

    Thanks, marhsall – I appreciate the kind words and encouragement.

  3. Eri says:

    Hi–I just followed the link to your blog after googling and reading your defense of the Thomas Covenant series (with which I agree wholeheartedly). I’m rereading the earlier books in order to start the newest Chronicles.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    Anyway, I live in the Kansas City area, but I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. I love cities.

    One of the biggest difficulties in KC is that it’s an urban area surrounded by well-populated suburbs and no easy way to get around unless you drive a car.

    When we first moved to the area, we lived on a bus line. One car was fine. The bus was convenient for my spouse’s job.

    Then we moved to the ‘burbs and I swear, what should be a 15 minute easy ride downtown on a bus is a helluva commute in a car.

    I could go on and on, but coming from Brooklyn, I’m spoiled for public transportation!

  4. maniot says:

    I am eagerly waiting for the development of Kansas city. Moreover it does.
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