Episode 3 of Imagine KC focuses on creating and sustaining vibrant activity centers, and the critical role these community anchors play in the region’s Centers, Corridors and Conservation strategy. Stories explore a widespread desire to revitalize historic downtowns, develop more active centers in older bedroom suburbs and build new centers in emerging suburbs on greenfield sites. This episode of Imagine KC demonstrates the defining characteristics of different types of centers by highlighting regional examples and showing how quality urban design principles have been, and continue to be the key to creating our most beloved community places. We also explore some local government plans and ordinances that can help the region achieve its vision for a connected network of vibrant activity centers.
In short, this episode answers the questions: What does a vibrant community look like and what policies and actions can local communities use to guide the development of these centers?