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Wichita - Downtown

Wichita is the 50th largest city in the United States by population (390,000) and is the largest city of the Wichita-Arkansas City-Winfield Combined Statistical Area (645,000) in Kansas.

This thread will focus on a variety of features in downtown, including the stretch of the Arkansas River that forms its Western boundary.

Exploration Place:
This striking hands-on science and natural history museum sits on the Western bank of the river within walking distance of the downtown; it was designed by Moshe Safdie.































The Keeper of the Plains:
Located at a convergence in the river near downtown, this monumental sculpture sits in a rocky plaza and is connected to the banks by two pedestrian bridges.



















Eastern bank of the Arkansas River:
A pedestrian path runs along the bank, punctuated by several plazas, memorials, fountains, and underpasses of a few small bridges that cross the river.































Hyatt Regency:
The remainder of this thread will show many of the notable buildings in the core of the city, which is not very dense, starting with this riverside tower.



YMCA:





INTRUST Bank Arena:







Epic Center:
This is Kansas' tallest building at 385'.



Wichita City Hall:





Wichita Public Library:
The central library of the city is recently closed and replaced with a branch that is across the river from downtown (not shown here).





The Garvey Center:





Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center:











Various houses of worship:























Wichita Scottish Rite Center:





Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum (originally city hall):







Old Sedgwick County Courthouse:









Old City Library:



Wichita U.S. Courthouse and Post Office:











Various historic buildings:

























































All photos taken by geomorph in 2018.

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Old Posted Dec 7, 2018, 5:32 AM
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Great shots and beautiful buildings. What's going to happen with the recently closed central library building?
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Very nice. I really enjoyed my stay in Wichita a few years back.
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I really like Wichita, it's a great little city. It's crazy that the city proper is larger than Cleveland these days, although its metro area is still smaller than Dayton's or even Toledo's MSAs.
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Great tour! Looks like Wichita has a large variety of quality buildings. All the sculptures and parkland you showed adds a lot to the city's attractiveness.
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Old Town

Here are some additional photos; these are from Old Town, which is an historic district with some modern in-fill adjacent to downtown across a railroad right-of-way.

























All photos taken by geomorph in 2018.
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Great thread!! Wichita does seem to have a nice central downtown core, although I am somewhat disappointed that it doesn't seem to attract more development for downtown living, lofts and whatnot. While the Old Town looks pretty nice, you'd think there would be a lot more to offer in the realm of entertainment. Maybe they do, and I just don't pay enough attention. I haven't been there in quite a long time, and I don't live very far away!! Love to see a few more office towers go up!!
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Great shots and beautiful buildings. What's going to happen with the recently closed central library building?
I have not found any news of a new purpose for the old building, nor for any demolition. Just a few articles from the summer saying that some of the old furniture and shelves were for sale and needed to be removed by October 2 of 2018.
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Nice to see Wichita on here. It looks a little better than I expected. It is definitely as "low" as I figured, but I also assumed it would have a pretty pathetic Downtown.
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Great thread!! Wichita does seem to have a nice central downtown core, although I am somewhat disappointed that it doesn't seem to attract more development for downtown living, lofts and whatnot.
Yes there was very little downtown living here, but a large condo or apartment project was being constructed along the river on the opposite bank from downtown and it looked like it would add some vibrancy.
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