Coming to the capital city after living in other areas of the country, Brittany Stiffler Crabtree was able to see the attributes — the potential — of downtown Topeka, possibly more clearly than people who have lived here for years.
Crabtree, a senior strategist at Jones Huyett Partners who previously lived in Indiana, Ohio and Missouri, came to Topeka for a Statehouse internship with former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
“That’s when I became passionate about downtown Topeka,” Crabtree says. “Having a thriving downtown isn’t a big fluffy visionary idea for me — it’s practical. I’m looking for places to take colleagues on lunch breaks and seeking convenient services on my way home from work, such as grabbing a gallon of milk or picking up the dry cleaning.”
Crabtree says she’s a big fan of mixing the old with the new as a revitalized downtown Topeka begins to take shape. She said it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the momentum going.
”I’m thrilled about the new downtown plaza development and the pocket parks along Kansas Avenue, but I’m most excited that we’re giving the State Theatre of Kansas — the Jayhawk Theatre — the attention it deserves,” she says. “Neighboring cities have beautiful, historic theaters that add a wonderful ambiance to live shows. I’m ready to see that happen in downtown Topeka.”