Archive for Thursday, May 2, 1996


May 2, 1996


Downtown shopkeepers still are looking at ways to deal with problems some of them have with transients, skateboarders and adolescents in the shopping district.

David Longhurst, president of the Downtown Lawrence Inc., said Wednesday that he's pleased with the results of a series of meetings, including one this week, sponsored by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

"The objective is to maintain the downtown as an area where people feel safe," Longhurst said. "They're productive and help us to have a better understanding as to what can reasonably be done and what can't be done."

The meetings give shopkeepers a chance to talk about their concerns with transients, homeless people, gang activities, graffiti or skateboarding downtown, he said.

Longhurst said the four meetings have given attendees a better understanding of merchant concerns and what's legal and enforceable.

Several actions have resulted from the meetings.

Lawrence police have added foot patrol officers in the downtown areas on Fridays and Saturdays.

The chamber is working on a brochure for merchants on how to deal with unruly customers, said Gary Toebben, chamber president.

Longhurst said efforts still were being studied on how to deal with youths who skateboard downtown, even though there is a city ordinance against skateboard use on Massachusetts Street.

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