Kansas City: Modest Metropolis in Midst of Mighty Renewal (Gene Sloan / USA Today)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reed Cordish has watched one city center after another make a comeback over the past two decades. Indeed, his family's firm, the Cordish Co., is credited with reviving several of them, including downtown Baltimore, where it developed the now-vibrant Inner Harbor.
But he has never seen a city blossom quite like this one.
"What's remarkable is it's all happening so quickly," says Cordish, looking across a sea of construction cranes from his company's 30th-floor offices. "What you see happening this year in Kansas City is what you'd see happening in other cities over 20 years."
Early next year, the Cordish Co. will cut the ribbon on the Power & Light District, a massive redevelopment of a nine-square-block chunk of Kansas City's long-dilapidated downtown. Like Baltimore's Inner Harbor, it will feature restaurants, bars, shops and live entertainment.
But the $850 million project is only one piece of a citywide makeover that is adding to the allure of a destination already well known for jazz clubs and barbecue... (read more)
For more information about our strategy to reach those living in Kansas City's rapidly changing urban core through church planting, contact me: kevin [at] reachkansascity.org. Or, check out our website, Reach Kansas City.
Technorati Tags: KansasCity