“We won’t truly become a smart city until all areas of the city are connected," Kansas City Mayor Sly James cautioned to members of KC Downtowners. "Technology is merely a tool, and we should use it to make sure that everything we do is done in the light of how it improves the lives of our citizens.”
For many years after the exodus of residents and businesses to the suburbs, we lamented the deterioration of downtown. Downtown has made significant progress since, but in many ways we are playing catch up for not building infrastructure in downtown for at least a generation. A lot of good has come from us playing catch up, and in many ways the Streetcar is helping Kansas City to "right the ship" of downtown infrastructure by circulating people in a new way.