Recap: Last week in Midtown Kansas City (June 5-June 12)

: For many community members, a meeting last night at the Loretto was a first chance to see the inside of the historic Loretto, formerly a day and boarding school run by the Sisters of Loretto. A developer discussed plans for a boutique hotel, which could include event space in the former chapel.

Last week, the Midtown KC Post brought you Midtown Kansas City stories about development in Longfellow and Volker, an effort to expand the streetcar to Midtown, and the history of the Valentine neighborhood.

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A grassroots group revealed plans to try to expand the streetcar line down Main Street, a move it says would enhance the downtown starter line and create a backbone for a complete streetcar system.

A Dallas developer told a crowd at the historic Loretto that he thinks the former school could be transformed into a boutique hotel filled with authentic Kansas City character.

Over at Troost and 30th, another developer is planning a mixed use project in the old Wonder Bread Building, but has started by donating community gardening space intended to serve current and future residents.

A proposal to spend $27.6 million to upgrade 18th and Vine failed to pass at city hall, although council members say there is a willingness to make improvements to the area.

Hotter weather brought an increased risk of ozone alerts in Kansas City, triggering reduced bus fares aimed at cutting auto emissions.

Low-income families in Kansas City will have more access to healthy food grown by local farmers under a grant announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

And our Monday history feature uncovered the history of the 3700 block of Washington Street in Valentine, which was home to the first female member of the Livestock Exchange.

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