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Wichita City Council recently approved plans to reconfigure Emporia Street from one-way to two-way between Second and Waterman Streets. Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita recognizes the need for two-way conversions along key thoroughfares such as Emporia in order to create a safe and walkable environment for bikes and pedestrians. This project will improve traffic flow while creating the ideal setting for ground-floor retail.
Improvements made along St. Francis Street in 2012 provide an example of the impact a streetscape project can have on our downtown. Shortly after the improvements were completed, adjacent buildings were activated with new uses – demonstrating how strategic public sector investment can spur private investment. Slowing traffic along this corridor created a more walkable, vibrant experience for pedestrians. Learn more about the St. Francis Streetscape improvements by viewing the completed project description.
The 430 ReDevelopment (view projects under construction) at the northwest corner of Douglas Avenue and Emporia Street served as the catalyst for this project.