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25 years ago: Babcock Place gets makeover

January 15, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 15, 1989:

  • Work crews were pictured on today's front page as they began repair work on the exterior surfaces of Babcock Place, 1700 Massachusetts Street. The Lawrence Housing Authority's effort to renovate the 16-year-old apartment building, occupied mostly by elderly residents, had been an ongoing project for the last four years. Barbara Huppee, executive director of the housing authority, said the building had had mold and fungus on the exterior walls, crumbling plaster and water-stained walls on the inside. More than $200,000 worth of restoration had been completed so far.
  • In Washington, President Ronald Reagan delivered his 331st and final radio address, telling his listeners he was grateful to have played a part in "the story of a people and a cause ... the American saga." Reagan had started the series of Saturday radio talks on April 3, 1982. Meanwhile, First Lady Nancy Reagan was also preparing to leave behind the pomp and pageantry of eight years in the White House. "I'm very happy that I was able to help the (fashion) industry, but I hope that's not the thing I'm remembered for. I hope I'm remembered for the drug program and the help to children," Mrs. Reagan said.


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