What happened last week in Midtown Kansas City?

Last week in the Midtown KC Post…the Midtown Plaza area plan continued to take shape…an update on abandoned houses in the city…and a look back at local history.

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Residents continued giving input on the Midtown Plaza area plan, which will guide land use, transportation, housing and economic development. The week’s meetings include the northeast, northwest and north central subareas.

The city council got an update on the 6,000 vacant and neglected properties in the city, hearing that a new program will probably only save 150 of them. The city council also heard a proposal for a five-year business plan to guide the city through potential rocky times ahead.

We took a couple of tours of Midtown history, with a look back at Watermelon Hill, the one spot where African Americans could use park facilities in the 1950s and 1960s. And for Halloween, we remembered the history of Union Cemetery, Missouri’s oldest burial place.

In education, UMKC launched a new urban education research center. A long-time Jackson County judge retired and said she would focus her efforts on working with a local school.

We also previewed a new work soon to be revealed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art based on conservation and the Missouri River.

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