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Letters to the Editor

Cheers, jeers

July 28, 2011

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To the editor:

Some downtown comments:

Weaver’s, way to go! Twice recently you have coated your sidewalk to cover up that minefield of discarded gum. Classy. Sidewalk gum downtown is a disgrace.

Good job, Anglers Seafood. By installing that relatively inexpensive netting at the bottom of your awnings, you’ve eliminated the mess caused by bird roosting.

Thank you, M&M Office Supply, for allowing downtown patrons to use your parking lot after hours.

Jeers to Allen Press. By far the most unsightly parcel on Mass. St. is the northeast corner of 11th and Mass. Picture yourself, like most people coming to downtown Lawrence for the first time, cruising up Mass. St., taking in the beauty of South Park, then the historic courthouse, and then you see — that? Come on, Allen Press, please display some civic pride and spend a few dollars and dress up those buildings and parking lots.

And jeers to the Doug Compton group for the continued desecration of the iconic Masonic Temple by leaving that boarding up for so long. Meant to be temporary, it was placed to discourage “inappropriate activity.” In practice, it actually provides screening for said activity, it attracts graffiti to itself and the rest of the building and is just shabby. With the current requests for development incentives, it gives the appearance that the group is deliberately blighting the property to leverage its position. Please, regardless of how the property is ultimately developed, do what it takes to quickly return that classy facade to downtown Lawrence.

Thanks to all who make going downtown an enjoyable experience.

Comments

commuter 3 years, 5 months ago

Paul- if you do feel that the buildings owned by Allen Press & Compton are up to your standard, please feel free to go to them and make them an offer to buy the buildings.

funkdog1 3 years, 5 months ago

Oh, bull. Even private homeowners are expected to keep their property up to minimum standards.

parco814 3 years, 5 months ago

That's right, Paul. You only have the right to an opinion if you have the economic clout to justify it. Own some property and then people might listen to you, you malcontent. You tell 'em, commuter! Stand up for the beleaguered victim, Allen Press!

Minimum standards, you say, funkdog? Don't you know that such draconian laws are part of the tyranny here in the People's Republic of Douglas County? Allen Press and First Management need more power and property, not less, and then maybe this town will get with the program! Privatize everything, even the sidewalks and fresh air, and Lawrencians shall rediscover freedom's true meaning.

Kookamooka 3 years, 5 months ago

Yeah. The Masonic Lodge. It's been like what...10 years? That is a tax write off and an abomination. I read once where the KU school of music used to use that space in the 1900's. There has to be something it can be resurrected for. Show some civic sympathy, Mr. Compton and whatever you do...don't turn it into multi-famiy housing with retail in the basement.

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