Wichita Metropolitan Area Planning Commission

As Wichita considers new ventures, a look back at some data

As Wichita considers new ventures, a look back at some data

The City of Wichita will soon be flooded with data regarding downtown convention and performing arts facilities. Past experience should warn us to be skeptical. Goody Clancy, a planning firm hired by Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, told a Wichita audience that the planning effort for downtown Wichita is grounded in data and hard analysis.[1. Weeks, Bob. Goody Clancy market findings presented to Wichita audience. Available at https://wichitaliberty.org/wichita-government/goody-clancy-market-findings-presented-to-wichita-audience/.] But at least some of the data Goody Clancy used turned out to be total nonsense. Specifically, Goody Clancy presented Walk Score data for downtown Wichita. Walk Score is purported to represent a…
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In Wichita, citizens want more transparency in city government

In a videographed meeting that is part of a comprehensive planning process, Wichitans openly question the process, repeatedly asking for an end to cronyism and secrecy at city hall. As part of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Comprehensive Plan, the City of Wichita held a number of focus groups meetings. Their purpose, according to city documents, was to provide "information on the components of the Plan and provide input on a draft survey." (Some indication of the reverence given to the plan to city planners may be inferred by the city's use of capitalization when referring to it.) The community meetings were…
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At Wichita planning commission, downtown plan approved

At last week's meeting of the Wichita Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, members were asked to approve the Goody Clancy plan for the revitalization of downtown Wichita. I appeared to make sure that commissioners were aware of some of the highly dubious data on which the plan is based. Listen to my remarks to the planning commission. [powerpress] In particular, I presented to the commission the Walk Score data for downtown Wichita, and how Goody Clancy relied on this obviously meaningless data in developing plans for downtown Wichita. Walk Score is purported to represent a measure of walkability of a location…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday November 15, 2010

This week at Wichita city council. An Old Town bar faces the possibility of losing its drinking establishment license and two apartment complexes seek city support in the application for housing tax credits. ... The old Coleman Company Plant at 250 N. St. Francis faces an obstacle on its path to demolition: The Wichita Historic Preservation Board found that "the demolition of the structure and construction of a surface parking lot does encroach upon, damage, or destroy the environs of the state and national register listed properties by removing distinctive buildings, and altering spatial relationships that characterize the environs." There…
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Wichita MAPC meeting mix of policy, politically correct

At yesterday's meeting of the Wichita Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, a mix of politics and policy resulted in protection of a Wichita non-profit's market, but at the loss of convenience to Wichitans. The issue is about 65 red clothing recycling bins operated by American Recyclers of Tulsa. These bins are in violation of Wichita city code, which states that bins like these -- called curbside recycling -- can't be used for the recycling of clothing. They may be used for the recycling of other items. The firm's attorney, Bob Kaplan, had asked that the Wichita ordinance be revised to remove…
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