Recap: last week in Midtown Kansas City

Last week in Midtown Kansas CityLast week the news from Midtown Kansas City that struck a note with our readers included: a new musical festival to be held on neighborhood porches; a new painting competition planned for Penn Valley Park; and a move forward for streetcar extensions on Main Street and Linwood or 31st Street.

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Planning is getting started for a couple of new arts events in Midtown. The West Plaza neighborhood is starting PorchFest, a popular event in other cities that features local musicians on porches of historic neighborhoods.  Penn Valley Park will be hosting a Plein Air Fest, challenging artists to paint the park in a timed competition. And local filmmakers announced a screening of their WWII feature film, partially filmed at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum in Westport, saying the event will showcase the growing independent film scene that is flourishing in Kansas City.

As we endured some frigid temperatures, we looked ahead to spring with some tips from the Missouri Department of Conservation on butterfly gardening.  The Nelson-Atkins dusted off its renowned collection of daguerreotypes for an upcoming exhibit. The Kansas City Public Library reminded us that residents can check out the history of their homes through their 1940s online library exhibit.

We also kept you posted on what was happening at city hall. The city council moved ahead with a plan for funding streetcar expansion, including two routes in Midtown, which now goes to voters for approval.  The council also advanced some proposed charter changes to the public for a vote.

Parents continued finding ways to work together to improve Midtown schools, hosting a “school swap” night to let parents share information.

Finally, local businesses on Broadway moved closer to forming a community improvement district (CID) to help with security and marketing.

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