Following the devastating tornado in 2007, residents of Greensburg, Kansas developed an ambitious Sustainable Comprehensive Plan to rebuild a town that could sustain itself for generations. Completing the Downtown Streetscape project was critical to regenerating community and attracting commerce. With 22 inches of precipitation a year, (in 4 rain events) efficient stormwater management drove the design process. Permeable pavers, native, drought-tolerant plantings, and stormwater reuse irrigation are just some of the sustainable design features along the “greenest Main Street in the United States. Learn more about this award-winning streetscape here.
The image below shows permable pavers in front of Greensburg's City Hall in February 2015. The pavers extend across the street and through City Hall to the back courtyard. While reclaimed brick pavers are used throughout the much of Main Street to the north, this plaza slows vehicular movement, accentuates the presence of City Hall and will provide connection to the future memorial park and Big Well museum to the west.