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Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2012

40 years ago: Neighbors protest noise, disturbances at new housing project

September 11, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 11, 1972:

In a petition to be received this week by the Lawrence City Commission, local residents were protesting Edgewood Homes, the public housing development at 17th and Haskell, as a "nuisance." Complaints included "noise pollution," "tomatoes and rocks being thrown," "attempts to drown one boy in a nearby creek," and "blasphemous screams from the children if they are apprehended." Thirty people had signed the petition, which was accompanied by a letter requesting that a chain link fence be installed along the southeast corner of the property bordering Brook Street and East 18th. City Manager Buford Watson said today that the matter would probably be referred to the Lawrence Housing Authority, but Hugh Dunkum, director of the authority, said that he had "no money to construct a fence." Also on this week's City Commission agenda was a deferred item on the 19th and Louisiana intersection as well as an authorization to notify 34 property owners that their diseased American elm trees must be removed.

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