Letters to the Editor

Not so beautiful

May 21, 2010


To the editor:

Lawrence used to be one of the prettiest towns in this part of the country.

The trees and flowers were beautifully maintained. The lot next to the Eldridge Hotel was a lovely arbor with wisteria vines hanging from the pergolas. It was something you might see in Greece or Italy. It was never developed but would have been a wonderful place for sipping a glass of wine or having an outdoor musical group. It is now an ugly parking lot, largely vacant.

Westar is contributing to the devastation by cutting down the old, beautiful trees in our parks and on our streets.

If Lawrence looked like it used to look, maybe the people would come to downtown residential spaces and new businesses and customers would follow.


heybluekc 7 years, 10 months ago

Not to mention the laziness of some downtown business who make no effort to clean their sidewalks...EVER.

KU_cynic 7 years, 10 months ago

Lawrence not beautiful?

Didn't everyone enjoy the blooming of the city flower -- the dandelion -- in all the parks and median strips in town this spring?

kernal 7 years, 10 months ago

I thought the dandelion was our city flower! If you nip off the flower before it matures and blows its seeds all over the place, they are easier to control. We used to dig them up, now everyone seems hell bent on saturating them with toxic chemicals that eventually end up in the streams and rivers. And if you don't know where they go from there, then you must.. Nevermind, I can't say that in print. I don't mean you directly, cynic.

heybluekc 7 years, 10 months ago

Are you saying spraying them would have killed them all? You believe in the gospel of Monsanto? If you believe dandelions can be controlled you probably believe the propogand BP feeds you on the Gulf coast oil spill too. Big deal a dandelion in the long run is easier to deal with than adding yet more chemicals into the water supply. They make tasty greens in salads. If you cant beat them eat them.

kernal 7 years, 10 months ago

Were there not some articles in LJW past few years asking for volunteers to help take care of the parks and weed them so Parks Dept wouldn't have to use weed killer? Didn't only a handful of people show up? Ms. Anderson, I don't think there are very many cities who can make any more room in their budget for maintaining parks. Yes, the city did look better 10 years ago, in some areas. If we want to keep it up, we may just need to do it ourselves. I believe that is called community. Any volunteers? How about the Lawrence Master Gardner's putting their trainees to the task? How about some KU botany students, minium security jail mates? The OUI persons could work off their hangovers and their fines. How about some tenants in the Oread neighborhood picking up your trash and beer cans out of your yard and picking those weeds. There's a house on the corner of Vermont & 12th St that was beautifully landscaped several years ago and is now a mass of tangled weeds. Come on people, it's your town, too.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 10 months ago

You are looking downtown at the wrong time. Go downtown tonight (Friday) after dark and you'll see every color in nature and many not found in nature atop the heads of the chemically-altered patrons.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 10 months ago

You could also witness the 'display' tonight (SAT).

John Hamm 7 years, 10 months ago

Dandelions? I like to rip the buds off to hear the plant scream.

Tonie Barnett Bruns 7 years, 9 months ago

FYI; the lot next to the Eldridge will rise again. I hear they are putting an outdoor patio there...

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