City to kick in $7,000 for Hughes celebration
Lawrence city commissioners agreed Tuesday to give $7,000 for February's Langston Hughes centennial birthday bash.
Hughes, a writer known as "The Bard of Harlem," spent most of his childhood years in Lawrence before achieving fame for his poetry, novels and plays. He died in 1967.
A celebration of his 100th birthday is planned for Feb. 7-10 at Kansas University. Bill Tuttle, a KU professor of American studies, said the city's contribution would allow the university to make all the events concerts, speeches and poetry readings available to the public for free.
Hughes "was the people's poet," Tuttle said. "I think he would have been offended if we would have had to charge admission to these events."
Bike parking at meters receives backing
The city will tighten up an ordinance restricting bicycle parking, but it probably won't prohibit bikes being locked to parking meters.
That seemed to be the consensus of the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday, after an outcry from bicycle owners who received warnings for using the parking meters.
City ordinances prohibit bike parking that obstructs pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Bicyclists said the ordinance is too vague, and that downtown bicycle parking is too limited.
"There definitely needs to be additional parking down there," Commissioner Marty Kennedy said. "Use the parking meter posts, just do it respectfully."
Downtown Lawrence Inc. and the city's Bicycle Advisory panel will review the issue.