Downtown Kansas City is undergoing a transformation, experiencing an eruption of economic development in excess of $4.5 billion over the past few years. As a result of this new development, the City Planning and Development Department of Kansas City, Missouri formed a partnership with the COR Team, led by BNIM, to create policies designed to make certain that the City is able to maintain the momentum of the urban revitalization, while providing strategies to address the unique issues and needs of neighborhoods within the Greater Downtown Area.
The plan addresses housing, transportation, infrastructure, land use, economic development, and urban design issues in the eleven neighborhoods in the greater downtown area. Through a collaborative public participation program four primary objectives were identified: Create a walkable downtown; double the population and employment in the downtown area; retain and promote safe, authentic neighborhoods; and promote sustainability.