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July 11, 2010

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To the editor:

Quick and to the point. As a very close neighbor to the Oread, I have from the beginning liked the idea of a hotel next to campus. It has been over 40 years past due.

Now then, the chancellor wants to address campus and underage drinking. During game days, the city police stop people going to the game and make them pour out their beer cans and plastic cups with beer before going onto the campus. Now, the Oread Inn wants to sell alcohol almost on the university property and more so on a public street. The hotel if built correctly should be able to provide any and all services inside. If not, then it’s time to remodel the place.

Of course, since the fancy street lights on Oread Avenue have never been on since the hotel opened, one will never know if alcohol sales are taking place at night. The entire intersection is dark.

What the hotel should be doing is encouraging sooner than later the improvement of all of the streets around the hotel and leading to it, instead of wanting them closed. Thirteenth, 12th, 11th and 14th streets from Tennessee are a disgrace to the entrance of the university and the hotel. Every alley in the area needs to be upgraded and overlaid, even those north of the stadium.

The city commissioners need to address the infrastructure of the area around the hotel and forget about the closing of any and all streets.

Comments

4 years, 5 months ago

There's no reason that the hotel couldn't make sizeable donations to the city in exchange for some street upgrades.

But that's not going to happen!

GardenMomma 4 years, 5 months ago

Isn't that what the extra 1% sales tax is for?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

A donation to the city annually would be a way to get some of the TIF money back into the local cookie jars.

David Holroyd has valid concerns.

What is TIF? Kinda like a Free Lunch.

"Well, what is tax increment financing? I’ll tell you what it is. You go to the store with your goods, you pay for it at Wal-Mart, and there’s a very good chance that that store has made a deal with the government that the sales taxes you are required to pay, that government requires you to pay, never go to the government. Instead, those sales taxes are kept by Wal-Mart and used to pay the cost of the store. And typically in those deals, the store is tax exempt, just like a church.

Now, there are two ways that it’s important to think about this. One is, that means your kid’s schools, your police department, your library, your parks are not getting that money. And you’ll notice we keep saying we’re starved for money. "

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans

In my estimation the Oread Hotel group has no room to bitch yet keeps coming back for more from taxpayers especially their immediate neighbors.

Just say NO!

gccs14r 4 years, 5 months ago

You've got to be kidding. You've apparently never seen a castle. That Eyesore on the Hill is an embarrassment to the City and should never have been approved, certainly not in its current form.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 5 months ago

Waiting for a cool front to blow in....

bearded_gnome 4 years, 5 months ago

Walleyed-whopper, if you're going to discuss mental health issues, please first: get the terms right; check your own status.

funny, just funny, how you stick up for the letter writer here? suppose he's a very very very dear and close friend of yours? hmmm?

you are right though, the streets and alleys in that area are absolutely disgraceful.

closing the streets there for drinking parties? kinda silly and I agree with the LJWorld editorial, not the right place.

shout potholes!

Shout Drunks!

calwt262 4 years, 5 months ago

First of all, I love the jumbled count down in the letter..."Thirteenth, 12th, 11th and 14th streets". Keep the letter write'n pad out of the whiskey drawer. However, I agree. If we're going to promote a positive image for the City of Lawrence, the Oread neighborhood and the University of Kansas, then absolutely we need to improve and repair the streets and alleyways so that young boozehounds and borderline alcoholic parents and alum have a respectful street or alleyway to uriniate/vomit in public.

calwt262 4 years, 5 months ago

oops, urinate...I better keep the key pad away from the squashed strawberry alleycat cocktail next to the monitor

Eileen Jones 4 years, 5 months ago

The Oread is an ugly monstrosity and never should have been built there.

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