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Wichita leaders and advisory board members are meeting this week with a national expert on building financially strong communities.

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Work is scheduled to start next month on improvements to the Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.

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A neighborhood association is creating a plan to improve safety in downtown Wichita’s growing communities.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association started last year with the goal of bringing together people who live and work in Delano, Old Town, Commerce Street and the Douglas Design District.

Association President Jason Van Sickle says the group is developing initiatives to improve safety in these neighborhoods.

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The public got a look this week at a new design plan for Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita. The meeting Wednesday was the third public engagement event held since the redesign process started last year.

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Wichita is among eight cities to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Downtown businesses are hoping thousands of visitors will eat, sleep, shop and perhaps get a haircut.

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Thousands of basketball fans will be in downtown Wichita this week for NCAA tournament activities. The sold-out games and street parties mean parking lots are going to fill up quickly.

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The Wichita City Council will vote Tuesday on a multimillion dollar plan to develop the 600 block of East Douglas, near Naftzger Park.

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A task force is being formed to create a new nonprofit child care center in downtown Wichita.

Board members of the former Downtown Daycare Center are trying to create a new child care option for parents who live or work in the heart of Wichita.

The former center served about 100 infants and children at its site on South Topeka for more than 40 years before it closed in 2014.

To fill the void, board President Betty Moore says they would like to create a centrally located, state-of-the-art child care center, possibly with an indoor play area.

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Downtown Wichita is getting more art sculptures--but you won’t find these installations on city streets or near buildings.

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The City of Wichita is moving forward with its plans to upgrade the Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.

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