Archive for Sunday, April 8, 2012

25 years ago: Lawrence voters kill downtown mall question

April 8, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 8, 1987:

Results were in from the previous day's city election. Bob Schumm, Mike Rundle, and Dennis Constance had won seats on the Lawrence City Commission, knocking out incumbent commissioners Ernest Angino and Howard Hill. The big news on post-election day, however, was the death knell of the 600-block downtown mall. A waiting crowd at the Douglas County Courthouse had cheered as election officials posted the tally on the three mall advisory questions. The results showed a 3-to-1 margin against actions that would have aided a downtown mall development. Specifically, voters had supported (9,920 to 2,700) a measure to keep Massachusetts and Vermont streets open to traffic; voted down (9,531 to 3,066) an effort to allow public spending on the mall; and supported (8,785 to 3,761) a measure to keep all streets in the central business district open. Although the three questions were advisory, the five city commissioners, including the three new ones, were considering the outcome as a mandate against current mall plans.


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