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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The $7.5 million project to redo Kansas City's Main Street between 34th and 44th Streets is nearly halfway done.  Featured in the new design are bronze medallions in the sidewalk to denote historic events, eye-catching bike racks, and better lighting.

The new "streetscape" is designed to make Main Street a more pedestrian friendly area while also making it a more inviting place for businesses. While some say it's nice, they say the design means fewer parking spaces and they say construction was bad for business.

"One of our biggest days is free comic book day, and they completely destroyed my sidewalk that week," says Jim Cavanaugh, owner of Clint's Comics.

"The project didn't disrupt anybody for too long that it would have detrimental effects," says Dianne Burnette from MainCor.

The second phase of the project will begin in about two weeks.  It will focus on Main Street between 34th and 38th streets.

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