Topeka Planning A Future By Digging Into The Past

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__The Planning and Landmark Commissions joined together to give Topeka residents a glimpse into the future which aims at preserving much of the Capital City's past.

An updated historical preservation plan was presented this evening at the Holliday building.

The plan, outlined by consultant Peter Benton, from Heritage Strategies, looked at ways to use Topeka's rich natural history to lure visitors and residents to enjoy the Topeka way of life.

In an age where new technology may be king, city Planning Director Bill Fiander believes digging into the past could make Topeka an attractive hot spot.

Fiander said, "Topeka's here because of the people that were on the Oregon Trail. Do we know that? Do a lot of people understand that? How do they connect to that? That's the sort of thing that attracts folks to a city and keeps them here as well as brings people back."

The city plans for council members to vote on the final preservation plan as soon as November.


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