Historic Kansas City Plaza Threatened by Development

A recipient of AICP National Planning Landmark Award, Country Club Plaza is part of Kansas City's historic shopping district. A developer is proposing to replace two historic buildings on the Plaza with contemporary designs.

The development proposal has inspired a sizeable reaction from the community. Joy Swallow, chairwoman of the department of architecture, urban planning and design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is quoted in the Kansas City Star article. She "criticized the plan and said the proposed building looked like it belonged in a suburban office park.

'I am horrified,' she said. 'The Plaza is a collection of buildings that define a place. When you start tearing down a piece that makes it special, you really have a problem.'"

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