Capitol District Charrette
Topeka, Kansas (2010)

Topeka is the capital of Kansas, and Kansas Avenue - located in the shadow of the Capitol building - is considered to be Topeka's "Main Street." Although Kansas Avenue benefits, to some extent, from the 10,000 state employees that populate the area each weekday, there is much room for improvement. Consequently, The Walker Collaborative (TWC) was hired by the Capitol District Project, a newly-created partnership of area businesses, to run a public charrette to generate ideas for improving Kansas Avenue. Over 100 citizens participated. Among the many concepts recommended by TWC were the following: target marketing to State employees and Washburn University students; development of a public plaza on 9th Street with the Capitol Building serving as a backdrop; conversion of one-way streets to two-way; and a market analysis to determine the optimal tenant mix for incentivized business development efforts. Shortly after the series of public charrettes for this project, the City Council approved the earmarking of $5 million for plan implementation following a future master plan.