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Topeka Downtown Redevelopment

With downtowns across the nation experiencing an influx of new residents and businesses, the city government of Topeka realized it needed a systematic plan if it hoped to create a vibrant, livable community in the city center. Chief among the ingredients that the city identified as necessary for creating an attractive downtown was pedestrian-friendly design that allows citizens to enjoy the area on foot. The result was a blueprint, finished in 2001 and currently being implemented, for the future development of downtown.

The plan calls for a strong concentration on mixed-use commercial and residential development throughout central downtown, to be ringed by dense residential neighborhoods. To link these new developments the town will create various amenities for pedestrians such as plazas, landscaped sidewalks, parks and trails along the Kansas River, and improved public transportation. Streets will also be modified to increase pedestrian access by widening sidewalks and slowing traffic.

Other programs will encourage an influx of shops and creation of cultural attractions such as art museums, allowing Topeka to turn its downtown into a better place to live.


Making Downtown Topeka a Livable, Vibrant Community