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What It's Like to Live Downtown

Written by Josh Woods

July 14, 2021

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.

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