Kansas City, Missouri
The Troost Corridor has long been a figurative and actual dividing line in Kansas City between the more prosperous west side (that today appeals to knowledge workers) and an underserved (and largely minority) community to the east The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) hired an interdisciplinary team that included Development Strategies to identify market-based, sustainable, and community-supported opportunities for redevelopment that would help repair the physical damage that separates east from west.
The entire corridor was too large to adequately study with given resources, to two mixed-use nodes were selected instead. The node at Armour Boulevard was selected because of significant market momentum already in place and a stock of historic buildings that made mixed-income housing plausible. The node at 63rd Street was selected for its ability to serve as a location for an open-air, community-scaled town center.