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Creating Sustainable Places

Learn what the initiative accomplished and where we go from here

Places that are vibrant, connected and green

Sustainable places are VIBRANT, with activity centers that offer a rich mix of amenities and housing choices, with easy access to jobs, services and recreation. They are CONNECTED by transportation corridors that accommodate different modes of travel — walking, biking, transit and auto. They are GREEN, respecting and preserving the natural environment while promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy residents. Learn more»

Regional equity profile published

An equitable region is one where everyone — regardless of race, income, neighborhood or other characteristics — has the opportunity to fully participate, contribute and connect. How does Kansas City stack up?

The Equity Profile for the region provides data on a variety of social characteristics, and makes recommendations. Read the report»

From Vision to Reality

On Dec. 6, 2013, MARC’s Creating Sustainable Places partners celebrated the culmination of a three-year initiative funded by a Sustainable Communities Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The 200 luncheon attendees comprised representatives of local governments and public and private agencies from all over the region that have collaborated since 2010 to make Greater Kansas City a more vibrant, connected and green region. John Fregonese, president of Fregonese Associates in Portland, Ore., a consultant on the project and featured speaker at the event, described Creating Sustainable Places as “creating a cycle of success” for the Kansas City region.
The Creating Sustainable Places initiative has organized networks of people and agencies with a wide range of interests; developed a suite of planning tools and resources; and demonstrated new models through planning projects in six key corridors. Download the slideshow presented by John Fregonese»

Download the Creating Sustainable Places project report»