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40 years ago: Lawrence not keeping up with housing inspections, HUD says

October 20, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 20, 1973:

  • In a recent review of Lawrence building inspections, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development said the city was not making adequate progress in inspecting old houses and bringing them into compliance with the minimum housing code. City Manager Buford Watson today said the building inspection department was planning a report on the city's first house inspection program, which had been initiated two years previously. Procedure changes requested by federal officials would be made, said Watson.
  • After a rain delay of about six weeks, a week of beautiful fall weather had ushered in a busy harvest time. Although it was still too wet to begin winter wheat planting, many soybean, corn, and sorghum fields were reported to be dry, and local soybeans were said to be yielding about 30 bushels to the acre. All crops, however, had sustained minor to severe damage due to wet weather, according to Earn Van Meter, Douglas County Extension director.
  • Although eight new tennis courts southwest of Robinson Gymnasium at Kansas University had been completed two weeks previously, lighting for the courts had been delayed indefinitely. Bases and conduits for the lights had been installed, but the lights themselves would exceed the funding and power capacity of the area, according to Keith Lawton, director of Facilities Planning and Operations. Construction of the courts had begun the previous spring at a cost of $69,000.

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