From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 16, 1988:
Residents in southeast Lawrence were seeing an increase in development, as employees of industrial plants such as King Radio and Farmland Industries were showing a preference to live close to work. The planned East Hills Business Park was also expected to accelerate residential development in the area. "I think it will be a very rapid growth area," said developer Joe Langhofer, a resident of a southeast neighborhood. "It's one of the only areas in the city where you can still build and sell houses under $65,000." Further growth, however, was hampered by access issues. "This area has just kind of fallen together," Langhofer explained. "Somebody sees a piece of ground and says, 'Hey, I think I'd like to develop that.' This isn't planning. This is just bumbling along." As the city commission considered plans for a new subdivision in the Cimarron Hills neighborhood west of Haskell and between 25th and 27th streets, residents of the area were asking for the east end of East 27th Street to be extended to improve access.