Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Bad intersection

October 31, 2006


To the editor:

Anyone with an ounce of common sense understands that there is no traffic study that can justify an intersection handling traffic to and from Wal-Mart, 1,400 students to and from Free State High School, a new strip mall, a booming commercial area to the south, and the housing developments to the northwest.

However, the city had the wherewithal to make this a moot point.

When the school board was making the decision to build Free State High School on its present location, the city intimated that they would rezone the northwest corner of that intersection so that no large "box" could be built there. They also intimated that the land east of Free State High School would be zoned in such a way that only single-family housing could be built there.

Obviously neither of those promises were kept, and now we are looking at the inevitable prospect of one of our high schools being surrounded by Wal-Mart, apartments and a strip mall.

It also is of interest that the curb cut south of Free State was closed but now is being reopened to accommodate the strip mall.

School officials have too often been left out of the planning process of Lawrence, and this is just one example of the need for more cooperative dialogue on the part of all our government agencies - especially when our young people and their safety are involved.

John Tacha,



Speakout 11 years, 6 months ago

Hey Big Al, they SHOULD move it farther west, like Big Springs.

BigAl 11 years, 6 months ago

I am not against another WalMart. I just wonder why they need it on that corner. Why not move it out west a little further?

oldgoof 11 years, 6 months ago

Great point from someone who was there. Thanks John.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 6 months ago

A previous group of city commissioners ignored the planning for that area spelled out in H2020:

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 6 months ago

Not such a bad idea, Speakout. As W. Lawrence and E. Topeka merge, Big Springs would be a much more logical location.

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