I saw that Lawrence's department of Housing and Neighborhood Development recently won an award -- the John J. Gunther Blue Ribbon Best Practices Award -- from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Who is John Gunther, the award's namesake?
The award is named for Gunther, "a legendary figure in the history of housing and community development," said Gayle Martin, the city's communications coordinator. "The longtime director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Gunther was instrumental in the 1970s in shaping key urban initiatives and in creating HUD and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program."
The award honored the city's department for its information management capabilities in working with HUD's online computer software.