Although short on housing, the Government District offers needed services to both residents and employees by providing them with an one-stop shopping for services.
While the historic core of The District is known for its red brick, this is the one area where the limestone buildings reflect MU’s neo-gothic white campus as much as its historic red campus.
The highlight of this area is Courthouse Plaza, created through the efforts of both public and private entities. Once a downtown thoroughfare, a block of Eighth Street was closed off and redesigned to create a gathering place in the shadows of the historic Columns. Recently renovated, the Plaza is a wonderful mix of public and private, work and play.
The Boone County Courthouse, the County Building and City Hall have all recently undergone expansion and renovation. Two other city buildings—the Gentry and the Howard Buildings—have been renovated as well to create a city “campus.” A fifth parking garage was just completed at Fifth & Walnut to handle the increase in District workers.
Major building priorities in this are have been largely accomplished by both the city and the county but a clear need exists north of Broadway for businesses that cater to these office workers such as coffee shops, casual dining restaurants, and services. Several large, government-owned surface lots may serve as future development areas.