b'Abby and Madalyn at Naftzger ParkUrban DesignDeveloping in an urban environment is fundamentally different from suburban development. Downtown Wichita works with developers, property owners, the design community and the public sector to ensure that critical components of urban development core practices are incorporated into projects.Urban design principles:Foster walkable connections between spacesEncourage dense, mixed-use buildingsFocus on ground-floor activationEnsure that development seamlessly connects and interacts with the streetscapeEconomic ResearchDowntown Wichita regularly engages market experts to update residential, hotel, commercial and retail data to provide timely, accurate information. Updated studies and market information provides lenders, investors and the public sector an accurate forecast of the market potential. Market research has proven valuable for developers, property owners and investors interested in Wichitas urban core. In addition to market-based research and specific planning initiatives, Downtown Wichita reports timely U.S. Census Data alongside local market information and trends. The information reported is intended to be a resource for those who own, develop, market or invest in real estate and to assist the public and private sectors with strategic investment decisions. Learn more at www.downtownwichita.org/development.7'