Downtown KC grows more beautiful
The Kansas City Star
Just four years ago the landscaping in downtown Kansas City wasn’t much to look at.
But that was also about the time that the re-greening of downtown’s streets began getting a serious push by private businesses and City Hall.
Hundreds of trees were planted, along with perennial shrubs and annual flowers, along major avenues and side streets. A variety of attractive metal planters were installed on sidewalks, modeled to a degree off the prominent ones along Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.
Now, in the summer of 2012, the benefits of that planting and construction are becoming more visible to — and enjoyed by — the people who live, work and visit downtown Kansas City.
The trees are getting more mature and casting additional shade — something we desperately need during this oppressive heat wave!
The flower beds throughout the Power & Light District and along a number of side streets are ablaze with color, making downtown more attractive.
Future planned efforts to “green up” Grand Boulevard and other streets are worthy endeavors that will pay off for decades to come.
As downtown grows more beautiful, the transformation will pay off with a more vibrant and healthier heart of Kansas City.