Our unscientific survey beginning Monday found overwhelming support for a planning document, released by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, that describes the concept of a new cultural district.
The concept involves a series of pedestrian connections, linking the museum’s grounds to surrounding neighborhoods and institutions and enhanced parks dotted with sculpture and other amenities. Some pieces of the plan are likely to provoke more criticism than others. Those include the demolition of the former Rockhill Tennis Club and replacing some historic mansions on 45th Street with new museum buildings and a hotel.
The online survey results, based on about 475 responses:
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1) Do you think the Nelson-Atkins Museum's concept for an enhanced sculpture park and connections to its cultural and institutional neighbors merits further discussion?
Yes, 93 percent; no 7 percent.
2) Is the concept headed in the right direction or does it need major alterations?
Right direction, 82 percent; major alterations, 18 percent.