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Lawrence leaders OK with Topeka getting the Google love

Lawrence leaders are OK with Google choosing to rename itself after Topeka.

Lawrence leaders are OK with Google choosing to rename itself after Topeka.

April 1, 2010


No, there are no plans for Lawrence to quickly rename itself Yahoo! We’re not going to get into that type of competition with our neighbor to the west.

Lawrence City Hall leaders, though, did take notice on Thursday that Google gave Topeka gobs of international publicity by renaming its site after the Capital City for a day.

Google renamed Topeka for a day

The city saw a 70 percent traffic increase on its Web site after the popular search engine changed its name for a day. Enlarge video

But Lawrence city commissioners insist they’re not jealous, and are not wishing they had done more to attract the attention of Google as it considers where to test its planned super-fast fiber optic network.

“No, not at all,” said City Commissioner Aron Cromwell. “I think ultimately there is a fine line between people laughing with you and people laughing at you. I believe Topeka maybe has crossed that line.”

Topeka, can you Google zing?

That’s not to say that Lawrence leaders wouldn’t love for Google to place its high-speed network here. City Hall used its Web site to urge residents to nominate Lawrence for the project. The city also submitted its own nomination and secured a recommendation from Kansas University, said Megan Gilliland, a spokeswoman for the city.

More than a thousand cities have expressed an interest, and a decision is expected to be announced before the end of the year, according to previous statements from Google.

Google’s decision to change its name to Topeka for a day — after Topeka changed its name to Google for the month of March — doesn’t mean the city is the front runner for the project. But it is hard to imagine any city has gotten more free publicity out of the effort thus far.

That’s OK with Lawrence’s mayor.

“It has been a strategy certainly,” Mayor Rob Chestnut said. “But Lawrence is just too good of a name to change.”


ontheroadfitness 8 years, 1 month ago

I hear BING will rename itself Lawrence... for the right price!

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 1 month ago

As if Topeka needed Lawrence's approval!
No wonder why people occasionally refer to Lawrence as "Snob Hill".

kthxbi 8 years, 1 month ago

but what about when they changed the name of NORTH Lawrence to Jericho? Huh? What about that Mr. Rob Chestnut? Jericho.

jehovah_bob 8 years, 1 month ago

Free publicity for Topeka?

I bet they can't wait for those 10s of dollars of internet ad revenues to start rolling in.

jehovah_bob 8 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence cares about North Lawrence about as much as my left foot cares about my pinky ring.

Kevin Sontag 8 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence is already the center of Google Earth. We got our Google recognition well before Topeka got theirs!!

thepianoman 8 years, 1 month ago

People (I know I am) are LTAO at Topeka right now.

So the city leaders chose to channel there energy into bringing high speed internet to the city. That's more important, right?? God forbid they channel that enery into revitalizing the city. That's clearly not important. Changing the the city's name to Google is not cute and funny to me. It simply reinforces that bass akwards, hillbilly, non-progressive mentality of Topeka and its city leaders.

iturnrocks 8 years, 1 month ago

Look at the date, then try to figure out if they are really FOOLS.

librarian 8 years, 1 month ago

So if Aron Cromwell is ok with Topeka getting some glory, why the snotty comment? That kind of pettiness from a city leader makes Lawrence look very immature.

Real 8 years, 1 month ago

Well I would say Cromwell's snotty comment is right in line with how the rest of NE Kansas looks at Lawrence. The only city who thinks Lawrence is progressive and not snotty is Lawrence. Then the mayor couldn't help himself, but added another jab.

Just another example of Snob Hill.

Easy all you Silo Tech haters you’re not any better.

Kevin Meier 8 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like some Lawrence residents need a nap! Don't be haters, remember we were rooting for the Hawks in the tournament too. It'll be okay.. really.

jbiegs 8 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence is just mad they didn't think of this first.

nobody1793 8 years, 1 month ago

People, if you think Lawrence is snobby about Topeka, try going to the east coast or the west coast. They think all Kansans still ride horse-n-buggy on our way to Westborough church. That's the problem, Kansas as a state needs to think big picture.

jtop 8 years, 1 month ago

According to CNBC, Google gets 2 billion hits per day (worldwide). 2 billion. So, pianoman, you really think people are laughing their a** off at Topeka? Topeka's trying to expand their reach, get their name out there. The city leaders are trying to bring high-speed internet to the city, but they are "hillbillies" and "non-progressive." Hmmm.

Our city leaders completely miss the point and go on record with parochial comments such as "people are laughing at" Topeka. Trust me, nobody that I know is laughing at Topeka. I guess we can't grasp the thought that perhaps something good for Topeka could actually benefit Lawrence, as well. Instead, we have to spout off with childish, immature, narrow and limiting comments like Commissioner Cromwell's. But Lawrence city commissioners "insist they aren't jealous." Really. Amazing.

br0318 8 years, 1 month ago

What a strange article. Good for Topeka. Their effort has made a big impact and their community is really coming together for this. Their Facebook group has 17000 members! I hope they get it, what's good for Topeka is good for Lawrence. Lawrence really needs to lighten up. The other posts are right, we are getting a really bad reputation for being a bunch of punk snobs. You don't hear people in Olathe, Overland Park, Leawood, etc talking trash on everyone else. No that is something Lawrence comes together and does better than anyone else lately...oh well. Good job Topeka, I for one am proud to see Kansas getting some good press.

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