Speaking of Design Ep. 4: Kansas City, Here We Come! Hop Aboard the KC Streetcar

KC Streetcar, City Market

The people of Kansas City love the new KC Streetcar, and you’ll find the vehicles packed on a beautiful summer day. But the idea of building a modern streetcar faced questions and doubts from business owners and residents in a city without rail transit since the 1950s. To get the concept on the rails, the project team played had to educate, listen and collaborate to design a streetcar the community would support. The result? Today, many of those initial skeptics are singing its praises — in some cases literally.


Featured on this Episode

Christopher Kinzel
Christopher Kinzel

Christopher Kinzel followed his father’s footsteps into traffic engineering. After working for his dad’s consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area to begin his career, Christopher ventured to the Midwest, where he has called Kansas City home for nearly 20 years. Today, he is our Missouri/Kansas mobility and funding group leader.  


Janet Gonzáles Tudor HDR
Janet González Tudor

Janet González Tudor began her career with a different type of design. Before becoming a community planner, she worked in the world of fashion and design at Donna Karan. Since then, she’s made her mark on the transportation industry. Today, she serves as advisory services director for our transportation practice. In her free time, she volunteers with Metro Squash, an organization dedicated to after-school, academic support and college counseling for inner city middle- and high-school students in Chicago. More About Janet

Tom Gerend is the executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority. Tom’s background is in city planning, and he’s a proud father of three.

David Johnson is Crossroads Community Association board member and passionate transit advocate. He is a resident of The Crossroads Arts District.

Sarah Darby is the owner of Bloom Baking Company in the City Market. She has enjoyed coming to City Market since her childhood.

Produced by Danny Sullivan and John Tourek. Special thanks to Jack Robertson for co-writing this episode. 
Music credits: Mr. Cheswick, Kevin Laurence and former Kansas City mayor Sly James.