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25 years ago: Downtown Lawrence parking meters offer free parking through December

November 25, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 25, 1985:

  • Lawrence residents woke up to another icy coating on the roads this morning. City police reported 15 fender-benders between midnight and 8 a.m., and another 16 between 8 a.m. and noon. Meanwhile, Lawrence Memorial Hospital was kept busy with several ER patients who had slipped and fallen on the ice.
  • Gary Lynn Taylor, a Shakespeare scholar at Oxford University in England who had graduated from Kansas University in 1975, was being hailed in the academic and literary worlds for having apparently discovered a Shakespearean poem in a volume dating from 1630.
  • The Downtown Lawrence Assn. had an early present for Lawrence shoppers: Free parking. The parking meters lining Massachusetts Street and some of the intersecting streets were to be "hooded" through the last Saturday in December. The DLA was reimbursing the city $4,800 for the loss of parking income. The article also mentioned that the money from parking meters generally went directly to pay off the bonds on the free two-hour lots bordering downtown. Mike Wildgen, assistant city manager, said that the last of the bonds would be paid off in 1989 or 1990.

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