The study of Mobility in Marlborough neighborhoods is a critical issue for healthy food access, healthy living, access to jobs, and household affordability. The Catalyst Plan has approached mobility through the lens of Complete Streets, or combining a set of strategies that make streets and sidewalks safe for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
A demographic snapshot of this community shows that a third of the nearly 7800 residents are below the poverty line and 18% are unemployed. The availability of multiple modes of transportation including public transportation, walking, biking, and the car, is a large part of access to employment as well as keeping transportation costs an appropriate percentage of household expenses. National studies recommend that housing and transportation costs combined should not exceed 45% of household income and Marlborough neighborhoods are meeting that threshold with direct access to the Troost MAX, and Highway 71. However, these throughfares make Marlborough neighborhoods more of a drive-through area, rather than a destination. Complete streets and increased connections to trails, parks, and commercial districts in the area will help it to thrive as a destination for visitors and as a home for residents and business owners.
Increasing these connections is especially important given the new development scheduled to occur just south of Marlborough. Cerner is developing a new facility at the old Bannister Mall location, and Stowers is planning their development called Oxford on the Blue. Both of these new neighbors will bring a new jobs (17,000 Cerner jobs) and residents to the area, as well as infrastructure improvement and potential economic activity if Marlborough is poised to provide the services and amenities these new neighbors are seeking. Cerner has also promised a $10M private investment in neighboring communities to improve housing and build up math and science programs in schools.
The focus of the Catalyst Plan is to be easily actionable and to makes a difference quickly. The community-based work group advised that Mobility opportunities should focus primarily on improving the pedestrian environment and staying closely connected to the major moves of the ongoing transit studies and capital improvements including the Streetcar and Prospect MAX studies and KC Water Services green infrastructure project to assure that Marlborough assets and priorities are clearly advocated. The green infrastructure project coordination was voted one of the top four priority projects of the community because of its connection to so many important issues, and therefore became a Catalyst Project. For more information on the prioritized opportunities including implementation paths, partnerships and funding sources please see links below: