From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 10, 1972:
If traffic signs could heave a sigh of relief, the ones in Lawrence would have been doing so this week as the annual siege against them had passed its peak. "Each year, after colleges start, we have about a three-week plague of thefts or a frontal assault against signs," said Douglas County Engineer Dean Sanderson. Lawrence's Public Works Director George Williams agreed, saying that the road-sign thefts within the city limits usually started after students came back to school and continued through Halloween. Figures were not yet available for this year, but in 1971, sign replacement had cost the city $2,625, not including labor.
Construction permits had been issued for several projects in Lawrence during September, the largest of which was for a $200,000 J & B Big Boy restaurant to be located at 740 Iowa. Permits were also issued for eight apartment buildings, Kantronics at 1208 E. 23rd Street, and a Taco Tico at 2340 Iowa.