Archive for Friday, March 10, 2006

No Growth Gang

March 10, 2006


To the editor:

The Kookberger Contingent (aka the No Growth Gang) has finally won one, or two, maybe. They have managed to force two of the best city officials we have ever had to resign. They tried this many years ago when several of their ilk attempted to fire Buford Watson, but the city told them what they could do with their anti-growth agenda. Are we going to let these three commissioners (Rundle, Schauner and Highberger) get away with it now? I hope not. It is time to recall these anti-Lawrence commissioners, before our community pays with its life.

Gene Ramp,



just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 10 months ago

It's just another one of those quasi-relgious economic notions that's never well-supported, but anyone who questions it will be attacked for having impure thoughts.

I hear one coming now.

tpatric 11 years, 10 months ago

I am confused as to why some in Lawrence think growth is a good thing. I moved to Lawrence 25 years ago precisely because of its size. I frankly think it has gotten too big with little enterprise to support it. When the majority of the residents have to commute to either Topeka or the KC metro, it is no longer a city but a bedroom community of disenvolved people. I don't think any of the commissioners have made their positions very clear, and I certainly had no idea what the heck Wildgen was doing.

kansaskev61 11 years, 10 months ago

Watson was a snake in the grass, and Wildgen is a snake in the grass. Good riddence to bad management! Keep up the good work Rundle, Schauner and Highberger. Keep shaking things up. President's have term limits and so should city managers. You guys are probably on the take too, but some trio of wise guys will over throw your power. That's the way the system works! All Hail the People's Republic of Douglas County!

Richard Heckler 11 years, 10 months ago

Most always "Smart Growth" is referenced as no growth which is simply an untruth.

Definitions of Smart Growth :

¢ Environmentally-sensitive land development with the goals of minimizing dependence on auto transportation, reducing air pollution, and making infrastructure investments more efficient.

¢   In communities across the nation, there is a growing concern that current development patterns - dominated by what some call "sprawl" - are no longer in the long-term interest of cities, existing suburbs, small towns, rural communities or wilderness areas. There are costs involved with abandoning infrastructure in the city, only to rebuild it further out. ...

¢   Smart Growth is well-planned development that protects open space and farmland, revitalizes communities, keeps housing affordable and provides more transportation choices. [source: Smart Growth America] (Back)

¢   A perspective, method, and goal for managing the growth of a community. It focuses on the long-term implications of growth and how it may affect the community, instead of viewing growth as an end in itself. The community can vary in size; it may be as small as a city block or a neighborhood, or as large as a city, a metropolitan area, or even a region. Smart Growth promotes cooperation between often diverse groups to arrive at sustainable long-term strategies for managing growth. ...

¢   Collection of land use planning techniques that features compact, mixed-use, transit-oriented development with the objective of creating more attractive, livable, economically strong communities while protecting natural resources.

¢   Smart growth means using comprehensive planning to guide, design, develop, revitalize and build communities for all that: have a unique sense of community and place; preserve and enhance valuable natural and cultural resources; equitably distribute the costs and benefits of development; expand the range of transportation, employment and housing choices in a fiscally responsible manner; value long-range, regional considerations of sustainability over short term incremental geographically ...

¢   Smart growth development policies aim to prevent urban sprawl and pollution, and reduce the profligate use of non-renewable fuels, particularly an excessive dependency on private cars in industrialised countries. Such policies emphasize sustainability, denser development, mass transit, car-free (or pedestrian-friendly) areas, traffic calming, children's rights, bikeways, walkways and other elements of a less industrialized lifestyle. ...

bearded_gnome 11 years, 10 months ago

seems Sue Hack has gone over to the "dark side."

lunacydetector 11 years, 10 months ago

gene ramp has a lot of nerve. expect to receive a letter from the city in the very near future regarding a 'problem.' :)

everettg_99 11 years, 10 months ago

I dunno... I haven't lived in Lawrence all too long, but holy cow... the Post Office on 31st has to be the most badly designed section of a town I've seen in this country. Try to ride a bicycle down there. It's pretty much impossible.

The sidewalks are a mess in this place, and I can think of 20+ intersections which lack stop signs. I don't know if the city commissioners have anything to do with these problems, but they should have been addressed the first time around.

Godot 11 years, 10 months ago

When you state that Sue Hack is the most pro-growth and business-friendly folk on the commission, are you basing that assumption on her actual record, or on community perception?

kuhusker 11 years, 10 months ago

Perfect timing running this idiot's mis-informed letter the same day the LJW carried the article that the commissioners who pushed for the city manager's ouster included Sue Hack -- one of the most pro-growth and business-friendly folks onthe commission.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 10 months ago

If the opponents of the PLC really wish to elect different commissioners, they had better come up with some grown-up arguments.

So far, the letters to the editor and the posts on this board indicate that all they have is petty name-calling.

BTW, the vote to replace Wildgen was 5-0. Why isn't ramp calling for the replacement of Hack and Amyx?

Richard Heckler 11 years, 10 months ago

Considering all of the new street building,New Urbanism Project, rehabilitaion in Old East Lawrence, major infill effort at 15th and Haskell area, new beauty shop at 13th and Haskell, more housing projects on far west 6th, SE area development and in general housing construction throughout Lawrence reveals anything but no growth.

Lawrence is a long long way from losing it's life. So long as KU remains steady so goes Lawrence.

A smart growth approach seems like it would be good for reining in property taxes as it more or less demands balance as well practical and prudent growth.

classclown 11 years, 10 months ago

I'm curious. Exactly which city commisioner are you?

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