Archive for Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Keep it unique

December 6, 2011


To the editor:

If they build it, we may be done. If our city commissioners vote today to approve development of a six-story Marriott hotel at Ninth and New Hampshire street, we will lose a small piece of one of our community’s most precious resources: the unquantifiable attribute we know as character or a sense of place. At Ninth and New Hampshire this is embodied in the diverse, creative patchwork of small buildings along the alley that’s home to the Social Service League and Lawrence Percolator.

By steadily replacing or invading what makes Lawrence beloved, unique and interesting with things that are cold, boring and generic, we are saying to residents and visitors that we value profit over community and development over character. It’s the wrong move. Let’s not let Lawrence’s vibrant historical neighborhoods and diverse cultural corridors be pushed aside and shaded out by high-rises and hotels. It’s not worth it.


thirdplanet 6 years, 6 months ago

Keep it Unique, yes i assume that ugly vacant lot really exemplifies what we in Lawrence want.

The fact of the matter is, if you want to keep mass street alive, the truly "vibrant historical neighborhoods and diverse cultural corridors" that davie is talking about, you need to allow these developments to occur. If they don't build downtown they'll build out on south Iowa street or out west on wakarussa at the detriment of downtown and in the favor of sub-urban sprawl.

I like many people in the city enjoy what mass street has to offer and I am completely for a hotel that would allow out of town visitors to enjoy it to.

budman 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm from the east coast but moved to Lawrence five years ago and love it. One thing I've never understood is why the city hates this guy so much. Every building he tries to build is some big scandal it seems. Back home where I'm from we'd love it if someone was bringing in a new hotel on our main st.

I'm for the jobs and the development in the better parts of Lawrence. When I first moved here It was a while before I learned how ugly Iowa street was, went to the Home Depot and never went back, only go to Ernest and Sons now.

jaywalker 6 years, 6 months ago

No no no. Don't mess with downtown like that. What's wrong w/ N. Lawrence? Right along the river facing downtown? Revitalize that neighborhood, keep the new sprawl and new buildings there. Easy walking distance across the bridge, plus isn't there an old RR bridge that isn't utilized anymore? Turn that into a walking path that connects downtown and the north side.

jaywalker 6 years, 6 months ago

All the more reason to change that, don'tcha think? Is downtown in danger of dying off? I highly doubt it. No need to inject life into something that is unique and quite alive already.

seriouscat 6 years, 6 months ago

If one takes a look at other cities around the country...especially the further west one goes, there is a noticeable pattern of what happens to housing and neighborhoods that have "developments" built right next to them. No one wants to live in a single family 19th century home with a a hotel or apartment building built fifteen feet away where 50 people can look out their window down into your yard, or into your kitchen or bedroom. The noise, the smell, the rats, mice and roaches that come with these types of places all take up residence in the neighbors houses too. The housing and the neighborhoods become totally undesirable to middle class families who plan on staying put for longer than a few months. So the neighborhoods turn into ghettos. There are ways to avoid this pattern, but the way they want to build on 9th and Mass is a perfect blueprint for how NOT to.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

You don't get it-- none of those things matter. When a developer says jump, all we're permitted to ask is "how high?"

seriouscat 6 years, 6 months ago

The only solution is to jettison the "permitted to" mentality. Guys like Compton et al. only own this town to the extent that the town allows them to believe so.

mloburgio 6 years, 6 months ago

Anti-Obama tweet by KS SRS ombudsman meant as joke @MelissaWardks #shealsoblowsalot

pizzapete 6 years, 6 months ago

A new hotel/apartment/night club/office building is fine for downtown. Just not in this location. The only thing that would fit in that space is a new parking garage to make up for the one Compton stole with his last skyscraper. Want to bring more people downtown? Give them a place to park their cars.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 6 months ago

Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains.

It is famed for its rich art scene, including the Plaza Art Fair, which is in the top five ranked art fairs in the nation, and the thriving Crossroads Arts District.

Also convenient are numerous great museums, galleries and performing arts centers.

The Arts & Economic Prosperity studies continue to be among the most frequently cited statistics used to demonstrate the impact of the nation’s nonprofit arts industry on the local, state, and national economy.

CONCLUSION: Think two story maybe three story Art and Design School next to the Art Center. The art center director is quite capable of taking such a concept into the world of success. This would be a worthwhile investment of 1994 sales tax dollars. This investment would ultimately bring new economic growth to Lawrence,Kansas. Education is known for its stamina and revenue generation through both strong and weak economic times.

Students = stable and generous economic growth.

The letter writer has offered a well grounded opinion on this matter.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

How many times do we need to be reminded that there are fountains in KC?

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 6 months ago

Fountains in KC, and al the time I thought they were in the Plaza, no the Plaza is in an area all it's own , just ask the locals that live there.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 6 years, 6 months ago

Tear it all down and start rebuilding it from scratch.

Matthew Herbert 6 years, 6 months ago

It pains me to say this, having graduated from KU with a history degree, but "old" is not synonymous with "historic".

My neighbors noisy truck is not historic. The city should not pay to preserve it.

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