What happened last week in Midtown Kansas City

Last week in Midtown Kansas City, streetcar planning moved forward on Main Street and Linwood/31st, the mayor got an education advisor, and a new club got started to focus on history and civic pride.

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Planning continued for the future of transportation last week. The city council approved detailed planning for three possible streetcar extension lines: Main Street as far south as 75th Street, east of Main along Independence Avenue and along either 31st Street or Linwood Boulevard. Meanwhile, Jackson County officials  continued talking with railroads about using their tracks for commuter rail.

B-cycle announced its plans for expanding its system of rental bikes into Midtown, and we met a Hyde Park couple who are charging their modern electric car in a 90-year-old garage.

Two Kansas City twenty-somethings have started a club aimed at helping people understand the city’s unique history, in hopes it will help overcome Kansas City’s inferiority complex.

At city hall, the mayor appointed a new education advisor tasked with building partnerships to help kids flourish. Also, the mayor announced the National Storytelling Network will move its national headquarters to Kansas City next year.

As always, we mixed in a little history with our news. We looked back at the Pla-Mor Ballroom that was at 3142 Main Street, and reported on new life in a 132-year-old downtown building.

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