Recap: Last week in Midtown Kansas City (April 14-April 20)

eddie tapperLast week in Midtown Kansas City, we brought you stories about restoring life to vacant properties, the future of Westport High School, and reaction to a proposed QuikTrip on Southwest Trafficway.

If you find any of that Midtown Kansas City news interesting, you can read more on our website or on Facebook (try liking our page to get daily news), or sign up on our website for a daily email news digest each weekday. You can also subscribe to our Twitter updates (@midtownkcposter). Meanwhile, planning for the future of Kansas City’s airport continued with the final public meeting to gather input.

In news about development and redevelopment, Midtown developer Eddie Tapper has been renovating formerly-vacant homes in Midtown and saving them from being demolished.  The city council also considered a a change in urban agriculture laws, which could replace vacant lots with tomatoes, bees, or flowers.

The school district said the school board may take up the sale of Westport High School again in May. Many Midtown residents are hoping the school will become the location of an Academie Lafayette high school.

Four neighborhoods objected to the proposed site of a QuikTrip gas station on Southwest Trafficway, saying the store could hurt the current and future residential value of the area.

Police said on Friday they have a suspect in the string of highway shootings in Kansas City.

Planners of the Plein Air Art Fest in Penn Valley Park hope the new event will draw people back to the often-overlooked recreation area. And we gave you a preview of this year’s Shakespeare in the Park festival.

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