City agrees to create cultural district surrounding downtown

Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night agreed to create a new cultural district that encompasses downtown Lawrence and a surrounding area.

Now, in coming weeks, it will appoint a task force that will determine what type of initiatives it will undertake.

The district is generally bounded by 15th Street on the south, the Burroughs Creek Trail on the east, the Kansas River on the north and Kentucky Street on the east.

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission recommended creating the district. The Cultural Arts Commission suggested that the task force look at ways to combine private, public and grant funds to support improvements to the district that would improve access and safety, and “maintain the current unique cultural and social-economic mixture” of the area.