Archive for Sunday, January 15, 2012

40 years ago: KU architecture students re-imagine Lawrence’s downtown

January 15, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 15, 1972:

As part of a class exercise, students in the Kansas University School of Architecture and Urban Design had created two models showing some new possibilities for the downtown Lawrence area. The visualizations included the closing of Massachusetts Street so that the shops on either side could be expanded closer together, making conditions more favorable for pedestrian customer flow. Other ideas were a revitalized riverfront area with a new convention center, new housing developments with higher population density, and new city-county offices at the south end of downtown. "It remains now to be seen whether the students have pipe dream creations or something of a crystal ball picture of tomorrow," the article concluded.


Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 7 months ago

It would be nice if there were pictures of the visualizations, so we could compare 40 years ago with today.

Sarah St. John 5 years, 7 months ago

I would have liked that too! I looked in that day's edition to see if there was an accompanying illustration, but no luck. I agree that it would have made a better article, but the people who wrote it 40 years ago, alas, are no longer in the building!

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