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25 years ago: Historic preservation emotional topic at Lawrence meeting

April 1, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 1, 1988:

  • Emotions ran high this week at a public hearing on a proposed historic preservation ordinance. Eleven speakers, mostly preservation supporters, had stepped up for the public comment portion of the meeting, which was to held to discuss the creation of an entire historic preservation program for Lawrence proposed by the 15-member Historic Preservation Task Force. Many residents were still feeling the sting of the previous summer's controversial demolition of eight old houses near the Old West Lawrence neighborhood to make room for an expansion of the Douglas County Bank.
  • A federal judge today ordered the state of Kansas to begin releasing prison inmates to reduce overcrowding in its corrections system. U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers of Topeka had granted a request from inmates at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, who said that overcrowding there was in violation of their constitutional rights. Their attorneys had requested the state to order the release of between 100 and 200 inmates a month.


George_Braziller 4 years, 11 months ago

The push for a preservation ordinance was a direct result of the demolition of those "eight old houses" as well as the events preceding it.

It wasn't eight random houses, it was an entire block of houses and the demolition took place on a Sunday morning. It's currently the site of a lightly used parking lot and the drive-through lanes north of Douglas County Bank on 9th.

A group had been working on a plan to have most of them moved to different locations. I used to live across the street and had been in several of them. Beautiful leaded windows, elaborately carved woodwork, marble fireplaces, and lacy gingerbread Victorian porches were all smashed up with a bulldozer and loaded into dump trucks.

There was such community outrage over the demolition several hundred accounts were closed and people moved their money to different banks.

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