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40 years ago: No love for sidewalks? Residents speak out on new plan

February 14, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 14, 1973:

About 30 opponents to a new sidewalk plan promised a petition drive to fight the proposal by the Lawrence City Commission. Commissioners had voted 4-1 to build sidewalks in the area bounded by 19th, 23rd, Iowa, and Louisiana streets. Some commissioners pointed out that they had held several discussion meetings before their decision and had indicated at the beginning of the public hearing that they were unlikely to change their minds. Commissioner Jack Rose added that the plan was consistent with the present city policy of requiring sidewalks to be built on both sides of new city streets. Despite this, opponents and proponents argued for over an hour about the plan, which was to cost a maximum of $85,000. Mrs. Meredith Cooper, a resident of W. 20th Street, came out in favor of the plan, saying, "The traffic in the area has doubled, or more than doubled, in the past four or five years and I think sidewalks are needed not only for the school children, but also for people who just like to walk." Sidewalk opponents announced the results of a poll of 593 residents which had resulted in a response of 280 opposed to the plan and 89 for it. "If the commission insists, we shall carry a protest petition," said Mrs. Arthur Gasper of W. 21st Street.

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LadyJ 1 year, 8 months ago

"Commissioner Jack Rose added that the plan was consistent with the present city policy of requiring sidewalks to be built on both sides of new city streets. " Evidently that is not the policy now. Wonder when it changed and what developer got it changed.

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