20th Street Streetscape

An exemplar of innovative storm water management, urban design, and years of work with a diverse set of stakeholders

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El Dorado was selected by the City of Kansas City, Missouri to lead a design team responsible for planning six blocks of 20th Street, an important residential, commercial, and artistic corridor in the Crossroads Neighborhood. We started with planning in 2010, developing a concept plan and then bridging documents, and later, construction oversight. The design addresses multiple modes of transportation to create a street that is equally accessible to pedestrians, cars, cyclists, and buses. Public green space, street trees and plantings, and safe and efficient parking improve the street for residents, visitors, and businesses in the neighborhood. The streetscape design focuses on the five primary goals of the Greater Downtown Area Plan: create a walkable downtown; double the population downtown; increase employment downtown; retain and promote safe, authentic neighborhoods; and promote sustainability.
  • 2016
  • Urban Designer
  • Kansas City, MO
  • 6 city blocks x 100’ ROW, 191,759 SF


  • City of KCMO

Eldo Team

  • Principal: David Dowell, AIA
  • Project Manager: Chris Burk
  • Project Designer: Daniel Renner


  • General Contractor: Musselman Hall
  • Civil Engineer and Landscape Architect: Taliaferro & Browne
  • Civil Engineer: Wilson & Company
  • Green Infrastructure: Urban Rain Design, ,Nevue Ngan Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Vireo
  • MEP Engineer: BGR Engineers
  • Lighting Design: Derek Porter Studio
  • Traffic Engineer: R^3C


  • Kansas City Star, Kevin Collison, “For Old 20th Street, A Whole New Look,” 2013
  • Kansas City Star Magazine, “Street Smart,” 2010

Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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