Growth Management Strategies for Downtown Development Focusing on Affordable Housing
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With an ever-growing world population, our cities, along with communities have continued to grow. The population in Kansas City Missouri, and the surrounding metropolitan area has increased each year. In 2018 the population was at 491,918 people. The city has a greater density than the surrounding metropolitan area at 1,472 people per square mile. With over population and growing communities on the rise, buildings are evolving daily. As buildings get demolished, another one is being built in its place. As city planners and developers attempt to connect better integrated designs within a city, the design of mixed-use buildings are increasing. However, a problem we are beginning to see is the lack of public and green spaces throughout these new developments and designs. My project will be a re-design of the Downtown Kansas City and Metropolitan area. This will include existing residential and commercial buildings. I will twist these existing designs. I plan to incorporate a new focus on a mixed-use design by developing more public and green spaces within my design that provides more of a pedestrian connection. My focus will be on different growth management strategies for Downtown Development by connecting mixed-use design to their surrounding areas. This building will not only connect to the city, but also to the overall urban setting within the community. Some challenges I will face will be different zoning laws and the amount of usable space throughout downtown. New construction within my site may be necessary, however, the design will include sustainability, and have positive effects on not only the environment, but society itself.