Midtown KC Now and Street Smarts Design + Build identified an intersection on Westport Road, a well-traveled road connecting two major corridors, Main Street and Broadway of Midtown. The corridor is used heavily by pedestrians, bikes, and cars, but the selected intersection felt daunting and dangerous for pedestrians and bikers because of its design. City engineers worked with Street Smarts Design + Build, a local urban design firm, to create a new design for the intersection that would address the safety challenges. The new design reclaimed over 4,000 square feet of roadway space, and four artists were selected to paint murals at the four corners of the intersection. In addition, members of the community were invited to paint a simple mural in the center of the intersection. A sixth mural was added on the exterior wall of an adjacent business.
Reshaping a Dangerous Intersection Through Art in Kansas City
“This Asphalt Art project will build on our ongoing efforts to create more opportunities for Kansas Citians to get outdoors and will help the City revitalize public spaces for all to enjoy.”
Mayor Quinton Lucas