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25 years ago: Parking debates relaunched in Oread neighborhood

November 29, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 29, 1988:

  • Oread neighborhood residents, rental property owners, and developers were preparing for another debate over parking requirements for new developments. The Lawrence City Commission was scheduled to consider city code amendments at the regular meeting tonight; among the changes was one that would increase the minimum off-street parking requirements for apartments with two or more bedrooms. Related changes under discussion this evening included changing the on-street parking limit in Oread from seven days back to 48 hours to make it consistent with the rest of the city; expanding the alley parking program; and considering whether a permit parking system would work in the neighborhood.
  • Tragedy struck in Kansas City, Mo., early today when two explosions at a highway construction site killed six firefighters who had been on the scene fighting a trailer fire. A spokesperson for the Kansas City fire department said that the fires triggering the explosions might have been set intentionally. "At this time we don't know," said Harold Knabe. "We're assuming that someone did set both fires because both of them did occur when both security people were away from the area." The first explosion had involved an estimated 30,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate in an explosives trailer, Knabe said; the second blast had involved about 15,000 pounds of the same substance in another trailer about 25 feet away. The explosions had occurred at a construction site about 1 1/2 miles northwest of Bannister Mall, on the southern edge of Kansas City. The blasts had left two large craters, 30 to 40 feet wide and six or seven feet deep, Knabe said.

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