Kearney Street

Randy Scritchfield
Scott Harvey / KSMU

It’s an unseasonably warm 70 degrees in late November and I’m riding shotgun in a 1968 Plymouth GTX driven by Randy Scritchfield. We’re traveling eastbound on Kearney Street in Springfield, simulating a tradition that started in the 1950s and re-launched this spring after years of prohibition.

“Cruisers traditionally drive slow,” he tells me. “That way another cruiser might catch up to you.”

For the 64-year-old Scritchfield, cruising back in the early 1970s – when he started – meant driving from the Kearney Street McDonalds to Glenstone. 

Kearney Street
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The city of Springfield is one step closer to voting on a plan designed to revitalize Kearney Street on the north side of town.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

A public meeting in Springfield tonight (8/24) will allow you to chime in on how Kearney Street, between Kansas Expressway and Glenstone, should look.

The City of Springfield will hold the meeting at Doling Park’s Northview Center from 5:30 to 7. 

Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson says they’re “hoping to spur a business renaissance on Kearney Street.”

PGAV Planners completed a Kearney Street Corridor Study in May.

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An architecture firm has presented its recommendations for revitalizing Springfield’s Kearney Street to the city council.

PGAV Planners shared ideas during Tuesday’s council lunch.  

It says Kearney Street has the potential to capture additional retail sales from the available $95 million in unmet household demand in the trade area around the corridor. That’s the nearly 3-mile stretch of Kearney between Kansas Expressway and Glenstone Avenue.