"Fostering walkable urbanity is the key to the revival of any struggling downtown. But doing so can be a challenging process, requiring the development of a complex mix of retail, hotels, grocery stores, housing, offices, artists' studious, restaurants and entertainment venues. A 'critical mass' of these uses must be established as quickly as possible. Ultimately, reaching critical mass means that the redevelopment process is unstoppable and cannot be reversed."
Turning Around Downtown:
Twelve Steps to Revitalization,
The Brookings Institution, March 2005
Committed to critical mass in downtown Wichita, the Real Development partnership is the area's catalyst developer, bringing residential, commercial and retail development to the core of the city. Led by CEO Michael Elzufon, the team is vibrant, passionate and strong - putting Wichita in forward motion toward a downtown that's a thriving center of activity.