Getting Riverfront Rail Right

In October, the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Port Authority, and KCATA issued a request for proposals to assess the feasibility of extending Kansas City’s streetcar to connect with Berkley Riverfront Park.  The move should not surprise anyone.  Kansas City’s streetcar has been wildly successful at overcoming precisely the two major challenges the riverfront faces. Kansas…

Public Transit – Hiding in Plain Sight

Readers: The following post is written by a new guest contributor who asked to remain anonymous.  If you are interested in reading more about this subject, or more from this author, please let us know! The undeniable connection between transportation mobility (or lack thereof) and poverty has been studied and confirmed over and over. From…

Beyond Autonomous Vehicles

Anyone interested in the future of cities is paying close attention to the rapid development and proliferation of autonomous vehicle technology.  Autonomous vehicles are poised to radically alter how people move around, redefining the entire concept of personal mobility, and even transforming the form and function of our cities. The most immediate and dramatic impacts…

Where Are North Loop Streetcar Riders Coming From?

Two weeks into operations of Kansas City’s new streetcar, past the pomp and curiosity of the opening weekend, people are riding.  A lot of people.  Initially estimated to handle around 2,700 passengers per day, Kansas City’s streetcar averaged more than 7,000 per day in its first week of operations.  Scrapping plans to operate three cars…

Reconnecting Penn Valley Park

Penn Valley Park is not achieving its full potential today, but several specific improvements can enhance its use and better connect its neighbors.  The following proposals represent a collaborative effort by designers/Downtown residents Arpit Balhara, Jihee Chung, Alyssa Parsons, and Thomas Morefield. Just a mile from the heart of Kansas City’s central business district, Penn…

The Curious Case of a Baltimore Bumpout

A few days ago a curious curvy concrete curb appeared at the northwest corner of 13th and Baltimore. This particular concrete curb is curious for a few reasons. First, it is curious that the curb appeared in the first place. This recently rebuilt corner was new and functional and generally getting along as a normal…

Overlay Overload

For a variety of converging and interconnected reasons, Kansas City has seen a flurry of activity in recent months related to its development codes and standards. Three major updates to development standards have been adopted for the Downtown Loop, Troost Corridor, and the City’s Parkways and Boulevards. With support from a Mid America Regional Council…

The River Market Is Many Things, but Mostly Parking

The River Market is buzzing with activity these days, with new development and major infrastructure projects poised to dramatically transform the neighborhood in just a matter of months. Streetcar construction is in full swing, and its impact will be felt in the River Market in particular, where the streetcar route loops through the entire neighborhood…