Archive for Friday, September 10, 2010

Stay downtown

The Oread hotel’s plan to host street parties on game days is not good for the neighborhood or for downtown.

September 10, 2010


There was about as much action on the football field, a short walk down the hill from the Oread, last Saturday as there was around the hotel’s surrounding streets. That action would be little, considering the 6-3 loss the Jayhawks suffered in Memorial Stadium and the few people strolling the streets that the Oread had hoped would be full of partiers.

While not much was happening Saturday, the City Commission’s decision to allow the Oread to host “street parties” in connection with Kansas University home football games could have a lingering and poor precedent-setting effect.

After the poor turnout for the neighborhood party, Oread leaders say they don’t plan to have any more street parties and will limit game-day action to inside the hotel.

That makes sense. Despite the opening of the Oread, its surrounding neighborhood still remains a community of single-family homes, churches and apartment complexes. The Oread’s location at 12th Street and Oread Avenue, near a main entrance to the campus, makes it problematic to extend activities to the surrounding area. Such a compact community doesn’t need additional traffic that a football crowd could generate.

Anyway, such parties should be happening downtown, which has the infrastructure to accommodate such events. And a party downtown also benefits more than just one business; it helps dozens.

City and civic leaders should continue to focus their energy on keeping downtown vital and relevant. On football and basketball game days, fans and revelers continue to start and end their days downtown.

Let’s make sure that keeps happening.


H_Lecter 7 years, 7 months ago

The NDSU Bison travel well. They seemed to have filled the Oread last Saturday. They taste like chicken.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 7 months ago

Good! The Oread came to it's senses. Mass. Street is the best place to be on game day.

hail2oldku 7 years, 7 months ago

Where was this editorial BEFORE the city commission voted to allow the street parties?

Stuart Evans 7 years, 7 months ago

editorials have better hind-sight than foresight.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

Bring KU home games back home! Taxpayers need all the help WE can get!

Why support KCMO when KU is located in Lawrence,Kansas?

Flap Doodle 7 years, 7 months ago

The noise and pollution from internal-combustion lawn-mowers make it too dangerous to have all KU home games in Lawrence.

pace 7 years, 7 months ago

What a stupid issue. Where should drunks party and litter? On the hill or downtown? Where would we be able to make the most money off of them? We should just use downtown as a swill pond, with hanging hooks. Turn them upside down to collect the change , then right them, pour cheap vodka into them until they barf, then hose them down. Drunks, where should we place them to fleece them the best? What would be traditional and effective? Legalize jello shots as a hand cart option. . It is ok, the collegieate sports culture is corrupt { bye Lew, hi next guy| let the sports culture be corrupt, celebrate it ugly and drunk, it is good for business, it is too bad that it is bad for athletics, family and anyone who doesn't ride the Ku sports cash cow.;, isn't on the sports take. The Kansas city casino's require better behavior from their partiers than the City of Lawrence, the LPD, and KU , they encourage "revelery" until the drunks are broke and ready to drive home paying the turnpike fees with their last hiccup

Irenaku 7 years, 7 months ago

That Oread hotel is the ugliest building I have ever seen in Lawrence. In the words of a friend of mine, it looks like a big Facilites and Operations building. It is an ugly eyesore, made even more ridiculous with all those flags on it. I DO NOT oppose the builiding itself having been built. What I do oppose is the absolutely awful appearance of it. Who in the world thought this design would be aesthetically pleasing?????

Raider 7 years, 7 months ago

First off, a party on gameday is just for that.... the GAME. Why wouldn't you have something close to the stadium? I'm in favor of downtown street parties, as I think they would be very beneficial. But if it's game related, it needs to be at the game.

cummingshawk 7 years, 7 months ago

They didn't say they were dropping all the block parties, from Channel 6 story intro it says:

'After hosting a street party that closed roads near the Oread Hotel, officials with the building say they may not hold other street parties. The roads around the building would most likely remain open to traffic on upcoming game days.'

I take this to mean that any block party in the future is subject to the whims of the building's owners, not the city commission or Journal World.

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