Wichita shows new face to world in 2019

By The Active Age | January 3, 2019

Horizontes mural artist GLeo, left, and an assistant get ready to tackle another day of painting on Tuesday, (Dec. 11, 2018)

Artist GLeo, left, may be camera shy, but there’s nothing quiet about the mural she’s painted on the east side of the Beachner Grain Elevator. The mural can be seen from 1-135 and E. 21st Street.

Cities are always evolving, but lately changes in Wichita seem to be happening at an accelerated pace.

New riverfront housing and entertainment venues. New corporate headquarters and a technologically-laden Advanced Learning Library.

The active age asked veteran photojournalist Fernando Salazar to capture some of what’s going on. At left is his look at one of the biggest murals in the world, painted on a grain elevator in north Wichita by GLeo, a Brazilian street artist (left front, with a helper). For more of Salazar’s portraits of a city continuing to reinvent itself.

Wave, an indoor-outdoor entertainment and food venue at 650 E. 2nd, opened to big crowds last fall. At right, the 202-unit River Vista at 150 N. McLean offers the first new housing on the Arkansas River in decades. The project includes a lighted dock used by the Wichita State University rowing team and will offer bike and boat rentals.

The River View Apartments photographed on Dec. 11, 2018


David Kenagy uses one of many computers available to public in Wichita’s new Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St.

Cargill celebrated the opening of new headquarters for its protein business in December. The four-story, 188,000-square-foot building across Douglas Avenue from Old Town cost $60 million to build and will accommodate up to 950 employees.

A pedestrian passes a new mural on the 2nd Street train viaduct. Wichita now boasts more than 50 murals on buildings and other public spaces, with the biggest concentration in the Douglas Design District along Douglas Avenue.