What happened last week in Midtown Kansas City?

Last week in Midtown Kansas City, a demolition request on Armour Boulevard is denied…orchards grow in Center City…and the study of a new airport moves to the new phase.

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In news from Midtown neighborhoods, a city commission denied MAC Properties’ request to demolish four historic apartment buildings on Armour Boulevard and replace them with new market-rate apartments. We profiled the small but active Center City neighborhood, where an urban orchard is a symbol of progress in restoring the area from Armour to Linwood, Troost to the Paseo. In Valentine and nearby Coleman Highlands, residents complained when a national SWAT team conference used empty houses for a training exercise.

Advocates for pedestrians and the disabled said an ongoing construction project at Cleaver and Troost has made it difficult for bus riders and others to walk safely.

At city hall, the airport advisory group studying a proposed new airport finished its background “schooling” and prepared for the next phase of its work. The council’s public safety committee got a briefing on how to spot businesses that may be engaged in human trafficking. And the city’s charter review commission voted not to consider the issue of term limits.

The arts community mourned the loss of patron Marion Bloch, and the Toy and Miniature museum invited people to a free event as part of a national museum day.

The Kansas City Public Schools got disappointing news from Jefferson City, where the state education commissioner recommended continued unaccredited status.  Homeless students in the district, however, will be getting 2,170 pairs of athletic shoes thanks to a grant.

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