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25 years ago: Permission sought for shopping district in south Lawrence

September 29, 2009

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Douglas County had enjoyed a seasonal decrease in unemployment during August but Kansas didn’t share in the trend. The county jobless rate dropped from 4.6 to 4 percent in August but the state rate rose from 4.8 to 5.1 percent.

A development firm based in Baltimore, Md., was seeking permission to build a 450,000-square-foot regional shopping mall on Iowa Street in southwest Lawrence, just south of Armstrong Road. Delta Properties Inc. filed an application with the city-county planning office to rezone 61 acres from residential and flood plain classification to general commercial use. The move was expected to force a local development group to create more speedily a shopping mall in the 600 block of downtown Lawrence. The request was due before the city commission no earlier than Dec. 4. The site was the same one proposed for a center in 1978 which was rejected.

American Indians were finally being accept by a society which once sought to destroy them, ABC sportscaster Chris Schnkel said after participating in the centennial celebration kickoff for Haskell Indian Junior College. He said such acceptancce was the result of education. Schenkel was noted for his work on behalf of native Americans and he had grown up in Leesburg, Ind., where many of his closest friends had been Miami Indians.

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