The mayor of Kansas City is calling the Plaza pedestrian only

Kansas City, Mo. – There is a recent conversation about creating a pedestrian plaza on Country Club Plaza.

Over the weekend, Mayor Quinton Lucas floated the idea of ​​closing the streets so people could travel from store to store across the street. The changes will be through festivals and events.

“In terms of next steps, there’s definitely going to be someone working with the owner to do that,” Lucas said. “In terms of governance and being able to do it, we can do it in a second.”

Lucas said he would like to see Nichols Street at the Plaza run, meaning cars are not allowed, but foot traffic is welcome.

After attending the Plaza Art Fair with thousands of other people over the weekend, Lucas tweeted in part:

“Is there a reason we don’t have to walk down Nichols Street through the Plaza, at least during the warm weather months. It works really well… not just during festival time.”

On Monday, Lucas added that he thought the change could make an impression.

“Imagine that every weekend, imagine that every day in the Plaza. That’s the kind of activity you have in big cities, in big and growing cities,” Lucas told FOX4 Monday.

“When in Kansas City, it’s good to have the World Cup and others, we have to make sure that every day we give world-class opportunities to people, and I think it makes us more like a city in the world. With the pedestrianization of this one street can make a difference.

He said they have had several conversations with the owners of the Plaza about how they fill the storefronts, and the next step is to make the streets easier to walk.

“We can still have north-south transit through streets like Pennsylvania and Broadway and beyond,” Lucas said. “So really what we’re seeing is pedestrianization in an area that in many ways is almost being built on.”

FOX4 reached out to a Plaza spokesperson. They declined to comment.

Some of the FOX4 people said it’s a good idea but there are still questions.

“I think it’s going to be really cool,” Lexie Deshon said.

“I really like not having to worry about the car, especially during Christmas or a nice fall day,” Janice Ivy said. “I have a parking problem. Where are you going to make a wide parking lot where it’s not closer to the parking lot?”

“I think it could be cool, but I have to see how it will affect the business,” said Annie Olaughlin.

Others consider the pedestrian park in the square only for exhibitions, festivals and events.

“I think that’s the reason for the Plaza is to pull right into Lululemon and come back to your car, versus having to park far away or go to the parking lot or whatever,” said Kieonne Arrington. “So no, I don’t think it would be a good idea permanently.”

Lucas sees the Plaza’s future story not as a shopping mall, but as a regional tourist attraction and key destination.

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