Recap: Last week in Midtown Kansas City (March 31-April 6, 2014)

abandoned-propertyLast week in Midtown Kansas City, we brought you stories about the regional bus pass, progress of the land bank in dealing with vacant properties, and a school board vote on Westport High School.

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You still have time to brush up on the ballot with our election primers on city issues, school issues., and water bonds. Remember to vote on April 8.

At city hall, the council got a briefing from the director of the new land bank, who said it is slowly selling a few of its thousands of vacant and abandoned properties, but the problem will not go away.

Kansas City police announced vast changes to reduce the city’s standing last year as the fifth worse in the nation in numbers of per capita homicides.

The school board rejected an offer from the Foutch Brothers to repurpose Westport High School and allow Academie Lafayette to operate a high school there. Midtown residents are asking for a revote, saying that the community has shown its support for allowing the charter school plan.

We told you that for the first time, riders of the four local bus systems – the Kansas City ATA, Johnson County Transit, Unified Government transit, and City of Independence Transit – can use a standard monthly pass, the first step toward a regional bus pass.

And Midtown residents can now take the bus to night baseball games. The extended hours for the 47-Broadway bus provide service to Kauffman Stadium on weeknights and Saturdays.

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