From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 21, 1987:
- A recent five-hour public hearing held to discuss the environmental effects of the proposed south Lawrence trafficway quickly strayed from that topic. In an often heated discussion, opponents of the trafficway criticized county and city commissioners for having earmarked $8 million for the project without first putting it to a public vote. Others praised the proposal, citing future traffic needs.
- In the aftermath of the April 7 vote rejecting a downtown mall project, the Downtown Lawrence Association was promoting "some drastic changes in downtown development. Basically, we want people to realize that downtown is not dead by a long ways," said DLA president Peggy Johnson.