Green trail systems and tourism: improving the quality of life in Kansas City through the addition of green systems, connected districts and tourism opportunities

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dc.contributor.author Wildhaber, Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-30T15:14:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-30T15:14:49Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13746
dc.description.abstract The Mid America Regional Council, (MARC) is the official metropolitan planning organization for the Greater Kansas City region. MARC received a 4.25 million dollar grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2010 to advance the region’s vision of sustainability through vibrant, green, and connected centers and corridors. From which the CSP (Creating Sustainable Places) initiative was established. Responding to this initiative, eight grant funded Kansas State University students worked in a Rock Island Corridor group. This group showed and described ways of achieving MARC’s and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s goals through the development of Master’s Reports. Reports include design ideas and proposals which MARC and city planning departments might not have developed otherwise. Student collaboration between public and city planning departments informed the development of student ideas. Green trail systems and tourism specifically addresses how the quality of life in the Kansas City Metro Area could be enhanced with the implementation of a cultural trail network. This network would provide access to the Rock Island Corridor, create greenspaces, and establish mixed-use housing districts for potential home and business owners. The Greater Kansas City region population is increasing. Trails, parks, and mixed-use buildings for residents in KC could improve the quality of life for future residents. Adding greenspaces, pedestrian mobility, and entertainment districts in which to find region specific activities could help attract people to redeveloping areas. Green trail systems and tourism’s project area is located between the Sprint Center and the Truman Sports Complex. To resolve problems and dilemmas within this region of Kansas City, a routing plan of a cultural trail network is outlined. This cultural trail features new trail heads, cultural centers, and proposed zoning overlays for park developments and mixed-use housing districts. The trail network created connects the Sprint Center and Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City, Missouri as a tourism link. Tourism destinations and historic sites add to the economic success of KC. Sites are connected to in the routing plan for the cultural trail. This proposal shows one approach for creating sustainable centers in KC. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Mid America Regional Council en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Urban trail en_US
dc.subject Neighborhood park en_US
dc.subject Kansas City en_US
dc.subject Creating sustainable places en_US
dc.subject MARC en_US
dc.subject Streetscape en_US
dc.title Green trail systems and tourism: improving the quality of life in Kansas City through the addition of green systems, connected districts and tourism opportunities en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture, Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Jason Brody en_US
dc.subject.umi Architecture (0729) en_US
dc.subject.umi Area Planning and Development (0341) en_US
dc.subject.umi Design (0389) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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