Letters to the Editor

No subsidy

November 18, 2010


To the editor:

Where do we get in line to apply for a city subsidy? Sounds like another person with their hand out?

Mr. Compton and his “development group” now have requested a subsidy to build a seven-story office/apartment building, in addition to two years free parking in Lawrence’s parking garage, on the vacant lot at Ninth and New Hampshire. The proposed structure will house his business offices, retail space and upper end apartments destroying the views from the existing building at Ninth and Massachusetts.

Mr. Compton and his development group already own a number of buildings downtown; the former Masonic Temple, for one, has sat empty for years. Many properties downtown now rent for more than previous owners charged, making it more difficult for small businesses to keep the “feel” we strive for.

Doug Compton and his development group have the resources to complete this project without our infrastructure incentive. We are taxed to the bone already. Why should we, the people who live and work hard for our survival, provide him assistance? Tell you what, Mr. Compton, you provide the $18 million to build/remodel the new library and we’ll consider finding the quarter million to help with your new corporate offices. As for the parking, provide your own, maybe a lower level could be added to your plans since it’s still in the planning stage.

Mark and Shelia McCanon,



Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

Right on the money. Two floors of protected parking for tenants provided by the builders would a great selling point.

When we stay at hotels during travels we notice that two or three floors of protected parking are provided. Usually it's free to tenants staying the night. Some have a parking rate.

It is not the taxpayers responsibility to make a Compton project profitable. It is the full responsibility of the Compton Associates. Big government tax dollar handouts aka Free Lunch are frowned upon by the majority of taxpayers.

Perhaps adding a sales tax or a special user tax to each apartment would be the key to cover the cost of protected parking within the structure? Users should pay.

The Lawrence Taxpaying Voters should weed out the city hall “Free Lunch” programs. About those Free Lunch programs for the wealthy and their dramatic impacts on the community: http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans
by David Cay Johnston

More on Free Lunch's by David Cay Johnston: http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/2008/commonthreads/115777.shtml

justforfun 7 years, 5 months ago

Maybe we should charge a fee to park at your precious library???

Flap Doodle 7 years, 5 months ago

Maybe we should charge a fee for being DCJ's pimp.

David Roberts 7 years, 5 months ago

This is just a bit of interesting irony. I bought a copy of Johnston's book "Free Lunch" at a Lawrence Friends of the Library sale last year.

somedude20 7 years, 5 months ago

Should have thought of that when the library and the empT came up for vote.

friendlyjhawk 7 years, 5 months ago

Compton is a big roller in Lawrence and has his hands in our pockets to get what he wants. Boo Hiss.

bruno2 7 years, 5 months ago

Don't spend my tax dollars lining the pockets of the fat cats! Oh yeah, that's what Republicans do when they get elected, duh...

beaujackson 7 years, 5 months ago

Vote OUT any city comm. who OK's this subsidy.

beaujackson 7 years, 5 months ago

Vote OUT any city comm. who OK's this subsidy.

Carol Bowen 7 years, 5 months ago

This is not "Free Enterprise". This is corporate welfare.

CLARKKENT 7 years, 5 months ago


dyke1986 7 years, 4 months ago

Just ask the people that dealt with Doug and his rich friends over in Topeka. They owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes!! That big building sits 3/4 empty! The bank that loaned him the money is about to own, a half a@# built empty building!! Im sure the city of Topeka wishes they wouldnt have gave him all the breaks they gave him!

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