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25 years ago: North Lawrence residents want “slum” designation removed

March 8, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 8, 1986:

  • In 1986, the official “slum” designation for neighborhoods required that at least 51 percent of the residents had income less than 80 percent of the median income for the city. North Lawrence had been so classified since 1969, but some neighborhood residents were interested in having that designation removed. The classification kept North Lawrence eligible for Community Development funds, but the area was no longer eligible based on the income levels of its residents, according to the 1980 census data. The neighborhoods of Pinckney, Oread, Brook Creek and East Lawrence still qualified for CD funds under the guideline. At the time, the “slum and blight” designation remained in effect for 20 years unless removed by the city.
  • During an upcoming closed-court proceeding, Associate District Court Judge Jean Shepherd was scheduled to hear a request to terminate the rights of the unknown parents of “Baby Boy Doe,” the newborn who had been found in a Lawrence apartment building stairwell in January. The state was expected to be named as the child’s guardian, allowing Kansas SRS to place him quickly with adoptive parents.

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