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What’s Happening Downtown?


Downtown Kansas City, Missouri is experiencing the most dramatic transformation in its storied history. More than $4.5 billion of new construction and renovation is being invested in our urban core. It’s all happening right now, and we’re working hard to capture this remarkable metamorphosis in a way that will enable us to tell this story in a memorable way for years to come.

New developments include the Kansas City Live! entertainment district, the new Sprint Center, H&R Block’s new corporate headquarters, an expanded Kansas City Convention Center, and much, much more.

For some additional information on the remaking of downtown KC, visit these links:

News about the Kansas City documentary project:
arrow Film duo aims to make Kansas City a star
L.A. Times | November 18, 2007
KC toots its own horn in rebirth
Kansas City Star | May 4, 2006
Encore: Update on Kansas City documentary
Kansas City Star | May 4, 2006
Direct link to Urban Living Special Section
And... action: KC makes film debut
Kansas City Star | August 4, 2005
Getting Downtown Down on Film
Kansas City Star | January 4, 2005

Information about key downtown developments:
<empty> Power & Light District is coming to life
Kansas City Star | February 12, 2008
<empty> More than 21,000 get first look at KC’s new Sprint Center downtown
Kansas City Star | October 10, 2007
<empty> Downtown eateries cover wide range of moods, themes and cuisines
Kansas City Star | October 10, 2007
<empty> First P&L District tenants will open in November
Kansas City Business Journal | Sept 25, 2007
<empty> Kansas City: Modest metropolis in midst of mighty renewal
USA Today | Aug 17, 2007
<empty> Power & Light District gets six more tenants
Kansas City Business Journal | Aug 8, 2007
<empty> Image is everything for downtown workplaces
Kansas City Business Journal | July 13, 2007
<empty> Power and Light debut delayed to '08
Kansas City Star | June 26, 2007
<empty> Downtown’s street-level remake begins
Kansas City Star | May 14, 2007
<empty> Prime penthouse takes the long view of KC
Kansas City Star | April 14, 2007
<empty> Bartle ballroom near completion
Kansas City Star | March 7, 2007
<empty> IRS celebrates progress at KC opening
Kansas City Star | October 17, 2006
<empty> Music Hall ready for next 70 years
Kansas City Star | July 28, 2006
<empty> Cordish starts Power & Light construction
Kansas City Business Journal | July 26, 2006
<empty> KC completes financing of entertainment district
Kansas City Business Journal | July 20, 2006
<empty> Courthouse may become living space
Kansas City Star | June 8, 2006
<empty> Huge IRS project blends old, new
Kansas City Star | March 1, 2006
<empty> KC's CIMO wins national award
Kansas City Business Journal | January 26, 2006
<empty> Renovated President Hotel officially reopens
Kansas City Business Journal | January 11, 2006
<empty> Bristol will join entertainment district
Kansas City Business Journal | January 6, 2006
<empty> Designers offer glimpse at performing arts center
Kansas City Business Journal | December 12, 2005
<empty> Demolition starts on former Italian Gardens site
Kansas City Business Journal | October 10, 2005
<empty> Living high downtown: Old bank building redeveloped into Missouri's tallest apartment complex
Kansas City Star | October 5, 2005
<empty> Rising in the East: Backers to unveil $340 million downtown redevelopment plan
Kansas City Star | September 23, 2005
<empty> Arts center will go to 16th and Broadway
The Kansas City Business Journal | September 19, 2005
<empty> Another downtown project: Copaken firm eyes underused block near Sprint Center
Kansas City Star | August 18, 2005
<empty> Developers eye site east of city hall: Residences, offices, retail envisioned
Kansas City Star | August 17, 2005
<empty> Arena team unveils final design
The Kansas City Business Journal | August 15, 2005
<empty> Big Names Help Carry Downtown
Kansas City Star | July 19, 2005
<empty> AMC, Cordish Form Double Bill for Theatres
The Kansas City Business Journal | July 15, 2005
<empty> Model will Give Peak at Sprint Center Suites
The Kansas City Business Journal | July 15, 2005
<empty> AMC to Revive Empire Theatre
Kansas City Star | July 15, 2005
<empty> Downtown Buildings Might Become Living Space
Kansas City Star | July 14, 2005

River Market Builder Steps Up Pace
Kansas City Star | July 12, 2005

<empty> Jazzing Up the District
Kansas City Star | July 5, 2005
Sasaki Plan for Downtown, KC's 'fantastic' start still needs a follow-through
Kansas City Star | June 27, 2005
<empty> 2005 Sasaki Plan (on
<empty> 'Downtown KC Comes Alive' (on
Kansas City Star Special Section | June 26, 2005
<empty> 'Major step forward' downtown: Sprint Center work begins
Kansas City Star | June 25, 2005
<empty> Business Journal Article: Officials break ground on Sprint Center
The Business Journal | June 24, 2005
Downtown strategy updated, expanded - 'Sasaki plan' team
has new proposals

Kansas City Star | June 23, 2005 Top Regional Developments (on
Hotel President (on
<empty> Kansas City Lofts Web Site (on

Information about major partners in the downtown rebirth:
Kansas City Works – Capital Improvements Management Office
City of Kansas City, Missouri
Downtown Arena Design Team
The Cordish Company – Kansas City Live!



Sprint Arena

Sprint Arena

As Downtown KC’s Sprint Center was built, Grand Boulevard became a bit grander, thanks to colored paving stones, plantings and art deco light poles.


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