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What It's Like to Live Downtown

Written by Josh Woods

I remember growing up in Wichita and thinking “I will always live downtown.” The district’s art, culture and events were magnetic, even back then. After graduating from K-State in 2018 and moving to Texas and New Mexico, I returned to Wichita and knew exactly where I wanted to be.

When I moved back, I was shocked at the growth made in such a short time. Driving down Douglas Avenue now versus seven years ago, you can see the growth and development that has amplified the uniqueness of the urban core. Downtown offers a wide variety of events, restaurants and nightlife, which played a huge role in deciding where I wanted to live.

Apartment hunting in downtown Wichita can be challenging - there are literally so many different options to choose from. River Vista sits right along the Arkansas River, which is perfect for walking to a Wind Surge game. ReNew faces the main hub of downtown along Douglas Avenue, making it perfectly situated between the Delano and Old Town districts – and it has a rooftop pool. After touring The LUX though, I knew it was the best fit for me. It has a local coffee shop on the first floor, a gym and I can’t forget about the amazing rooftop! The LUX offers modern spaces, common areas that are great for hanging out with friends and even a local cinema. The location is within walking distance to my work and all my favorite bars, which is a huge plus.

Living in downtown offers so many different opportunities to get out and enjoy the city. If you’re looking for a concert, Wave is where it’s at and is only a couple blocks off the main strip. You can walk the brick streets of Old Town for nightlife and a variety of different bars (my favorites are Brickyard and Pumphouse). Or experience a Wind Surge game at the new Riverfront Stadium for a night of baseball, or savor local art during First Friday.

Excitement and community are just around the corner when you live downtown.


In the museum district along the Arkansas River is a place that literally grows beauty. Botanica, the Wichita Gardens, is the second-most visited cultural venue in the state – and it’s easy to see why. Nearly 30 different gardens dot the grounds and unique attractions welcome families and visitors of all ages. Discover what makes Botanica a one-of-a-kind experience you can only have in Wichita.

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