GDAP 5 Principles:Create a Walkable DowntownDouble the Population DowntownIncrease Employment DowntownRetain and Promote Safe, Authentic NeighborhoodsPromote Sustainability
Using the 5 goals from the GDAP- we’re going to create an incredible place.
…..and Road Diets already considered for Grand Boulvard.
Getting projected traffic volumes, and considering what has already been adopted by the GDAP. Like the Bicycle Routes planned for Grand……and (next slide)
We will work with the ongoing Streetcar study to make sure designs for Grand are flexible and sensitive to the conclusions of the study
(Streetscape Capacity & Environment) What the environment of the street is like is highly dependent on traffic volumes. Right now this section of grand is at approximately ____ average daily trips. Developing some criteria for street capacity will enable us to explore a range of possible solutions that create different street environments. Depending on that criteria, some changes like road diets, addition of bike facilities, curbside parking, ect, maybe be possible in certain areas and not in others.
The next step in our technical approach, is looking at Grand Boulevard through the lens of GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE + UTILITIES. Green Infrastructure is a comprehensive approach to water quality protection defined by a range of natural and built systems that occur at the regional, community and site scales. What Green Infrastructure MeansHow we Deal With itOur Concept for Grand
At the larger regional scale, green infrastructure is the interconnected network of preserved or restored natural land. Kansas City is fortunate to have a strong legacy of open space preservation largely dependent on George Kessler’s Parks and Boulevard System. The historic Parks and Boulevard System is a defining feature of Kansas City’s character. It’s our intention to protect this historic identity while allowing Grand Boulevard to respond positively to future demands
At the neighborhood scale, green infrastructure reduces impervious surface through compact development, and parking reduction strategies. On Grand, there are opportunities to narrow the street, and to transform unstable or low value parcels into areas that allow for infiltration.
At BNIM, one of our core values is toembrace the challenge of innovation. To us that means pursing environmental stewardship, and learning from our experience. We’ve had the pleasure of working on 12th street.
…. And more recently in Greensburg Kansas, we’ve gotten the opportunity to design and see built the Greenest Street in America.
Many green infrastructure strategies, as mentioned above, were used on this streetscape, including infiltration basins which collect and store stormwater for irrigation throughout the year.
Even the most simple things like street trees have enormous benefits. Walkable Communities quotes, “For the cost of $600, a single tree returns over $90,000 of direct benefit in the lifetime of the tree.” Reduced and more appropriate urban traffic speed. Safer walking environments Improved business Less drainage infrastructure Lower urban air temperatures Lower ozone More aesthetically pleasing environments Reduced road rage Etc.
A lot of areas along the corridor
Streetscape design can spur economic development
2.5 miles long – we have to choose where best to emphasize investment…..which is where our integrated approach is vital
We will use economic development analysis, green infrastructure, community process and transit as filters to make the best decisions
Overcome barriers – through streetscape design – for instance on the 670 bridge, and through catalyzing development that creates better connectivity….
For example shortening the distance between destinations between the CDB and the River Market
Describe some of the universal elements: like the bike lanes and streetcar. Describe how the pedestrian zone changes related to use and traffic capacity.
Creating gateways to Grand that weave it into the form of the city
Describe how elements change based on target criteria.
Flexibility – schemes must be flexible
Preserve and enhance Idenitity
Describe how elements change based on target criteria.
At this point in the work plan we are working with goals established by GDAP and data analysis. It’s very important that the voices of the technical steering committee, citizen steering committee, and general public are heard in this collaborative process. This is where we figure out a preferred vision.
Tag Cloud – 250 most frequently used words in public meetings. Larger words mentioned most frequently. Used to quickly glean major themes. Used to develop Vision Statement.
Technical competence of the team: Team work /collaboration/ charrette type image
It is to the interest of the city, and of every individual within it, that all lands within the limits of the city be as fully and advantageously occupied as possible and thereby become as valuable as possible. These results can be achieved only if lands are occupied and used for the purposes to which they are naturally and, therefore, best adapted.<br />George Kessler, 1917<br />
Public Process<br />❤<br />We Public Process<br />
Support for Economic Incentives to Support <br />Existing Developments and Revitalize <br />Underutilized Areas <br />by percentage of respondents<br />Yes<br />76%<br />Don't know<br />16%<br />No<br />8%<br />)<br />Source: ETC Institute (August 2008 - Downtown Kansas City, MO – (Residents) <br />