Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mermaids, Penguins, and Pedestrians: KC’s Country Club Plaza

The Country Club Plaza – Kansas City’s classic and elegant shopping district – has some charming pedestrian spaces, with fountains, murals, brick sidewalks, riverside walks, and yes mermaids and penguins (see below).

Unfortunately, as I noted on a recent visit, automobiles rule the streets, and pedestrian signals are so inadequate and confusing that people seem mainly to dart across the pavement whenever and wherever they spot an opening.  Some “complete streets” planning would move the Plaza up a notch in quality of life!  (Also missing: rapid transit. See here.)

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