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The Great Parking Debate In Downtown Kansas City

Patrick Quick

Downtown Kansas City is practically half parking lots--so why is it so hard to find a spot on a First Friday in the Crossroads? The availability and cost of parking could be key ingredients to developing a vibrant downtown.


  • Thomas Morefield, Downtown Neighborhood Association, downtown resident, professional urban planner B.N.I.M., blogger, urbanangle.net
  • Rick Usher, assistant city manager, KC City Hall
  • Sean O'Byrne, Downtown Council
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