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Designing what Joplin's 20th Street corridor should be

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Joplin city officials and the Environmental Protection Agency are hoping to turn one of Joplin's busiest throughways's into a safe, green area.

"Essentially, what we want to do is kick off a conversation in Joplin - how do people want 20th Street to look?" says Karl Brooks, the EPA Region 7 administrator.

The new design idea is part of the Complete Green Street Program started by the EPA.  The goal is to calm drivers, beautify the streets and install sustainable storm water management systems.

"I think we will be able to design a streetscape in 20th in an area they will be proud of, one that we can be proud of, and one that will be very livable," says Joplin Mayor Pro Tem Bill Scearce.

Officials say that 20th Street is practically considered the heartland of Joplin, the street runs straight through the middle of the city and they say with the hopes of it becoming green, they hope to bring more people to discover the area.

Funding for the project comes from the EPA and FEMA.

City officials and EPA members took a walking tour of the proposed corridor to see firsthand what can be done with the street.

"When you receive money like this from CVBG or EPA, the public input is one of their requirements," says Scearce.  "They don't just give you the money and then build something the public doesn't like.  Finding out what the people of our community want our town to be like in the future is what's important to us right now."

Workshops were held Tuesday with city officials and were open to the public.  After the workshop and public meetings, the EPA will provide recommendations for redesign of the 20th Street corridor.

These plans may include plans for widening sidewalks, and seeding with native plants and other green infrastructure to minimize storm-water runoff while removing pollutants.

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