The Midtown KC Post, BikeWalkKC and the Whole Person are teaming up to engage Midtown residents in a discussion of Kansas City’s sidewalks, why sidewalks are important and how sidewalk policy could be improved. The goal of the project is to develop a community plan for fixing the problem identified by residents. Midtown Kansas City residents have made it clear that sidewalks are important to them and they would like to see improvements. During the 2015 City Council election campaign, Midtown residents said sidewalks were an important issue they wanted the new city council to address. They also mentioned biking and walking as important policy issues. In the city’s 2015 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, only 30 percent of people said they were satisfied with the condition of city sidewalks, and 54 percent said sidewalks are an important issue.
The project includes:
- Community engagement including a survey and social media messages through the networks of the Midtown KC Post, BikeWalkKC and The Whole Person
- Reporting in the Midtown KC Post
- Best practices from other cities
- Community forums and working teams to help the public become educated and have input into sidewalk issues
- Recommendations from the community for what changes the city could make to make them more satisfied with sidewalks.
The first meeting of the Midtown KC Walks project is planned for Wednesday, November 4th and 7 p.m. at The Whole Person. At this meeting, community residents will learn about the current Kansas City sidewalk policy and have a chance to give input into why they think sidewalks are important and what changes the city could make to make them more satisfied with sidewalks.