September 28, 2010
“Project Downtown” is the master plan to revitalize Downtown Wichita over a 15-year period. The hope is to make changes enabling people to live, work, shop, play and learn within a short walk of each other.
David Dixon’s vision of a 21st century downtown is on in which all those activities are within walking distance of each other.
He says future downtown investors should be encouraged to put money in areas promoting walkability amongst major centers of attractions such as Old Town, Waterwalk and the Convention Center
The plan’s overall cost of $600 million would come from private investment for the most part, but will still require roughly $75-100 million in public money.
"This is not a one size fits all downtown and that's one of things that's so special and so wonderful and embodies and carries so much potential. It's a downtown of special districts and special places each of which needs to be enriched in its own way," Dixon said.
Dixon says visitors come to the distinct downtown districts for their own reasons, for the arts, museums, live entertainment and restaurants. He wants developer’s projects to take advantage of and enhance those districts
"It's a downtown that celebrates Wichita's rich history and vibrant future," Dixon said.