South Central

Wichita Metropolitan Area Planning Department
Wichita, KS
Completion date
September 2019

The South Central Neighborhood is a first-ring neighborhood to downtown Wichita that has held historically been stigmatized as a distressed environment. The area has long featured mixed housing conditions, older commercial corridors with used car lots and obsolete motels, and nefarious activity. 

While the neighborhood has been subject to planning since 1990's, these plans had a traditional structure that were suited for administrating by city staff. In light of limited city funding for future implementation, the new plan pivots the target user from city staff to empowering local residents and businesses to partner with the broader community. Momentum is in progress and the plan helps align residents to target improvements that can be a catalyst for change. 

A Proposed Road Section with Improvements
Northwest Area Development Idea
Strategy diagram highlighting areas of opportunity for development and the impact on neighborhoods
Pioneer Urban Award
Kansas Chapter