Recap: Last week in Midtown Kansas City (May 22 – May 29)

Tom Platt of the Heart of Westport neighborhood spokes in favor of a CID on Broadway at city hall yesterday.

Tom Platt of the Heart of Westport neighborhood spoke in favor of a CID on Broadway at city hall.

Last week, the Midtown KC Post brought you Midtown Kansas City stories about a Broadway CID, a new work by a local playwright, and the history of a home for teachers.

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The big Midtown news of at city hall was final hearings and approval of the Broadway CID, which will use a sales tax to fund security, marketing and other improvements. Supporters said it would compliment other CIDs on Main Street, in Westport and along 39th Street.

Penn Valley Community College announced its students will be able to ride the bus for free this fall using their school ids, part of a pilot program.

A play at the Westport Center for the Arts focuses on the human impact of the economic downturn.

And our Monday history feature looked back to the early days of a block including 36th and Forest, where local school teachers and principals moved into a “cooperative home” in 1904.

One Comment

  1. Brad says:

    If there is already a CID along 39th street, then all is lost. I think that street may have the glorious distinction of being one of the most hideous in all of KC. From Main street over to the Loretto way down all the way on the other side of Southwest Trafficway, nearly a mile distant, there is literally one or two buildings that don’t merit bulldozing. The entire corridor is ghetto’d with broken down, too narrow sidewalks and curbs, discordant and ugly architecture that reflects no consideration to what it was placed next to. Different styles, height allocations, distance from the road, fronts turned sideways; utterly unplanned and ugly. Please..will this city just get serious and quit wasting tax payers money putting lip gloss on a pig and implement real policy that will make skid row corridors like this into something that can compliment the adjacent neighborhoods. I would never invest a red penny building anything of merit along here until I knew that my now and future neighbors along this corridor would be required to conform and through form based architectural codes, feel confident that the area would get buildings of merit through time, and not made of cinder block. Take a look at archive photos of this area and know that it was once quite lovely and the business districts used building materials and details that were also implemented in the adjacent neighborhoods. No longer.

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