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Do you think Lawrence has lost economic development momentum, or are we growing fast enough?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 14, 2013

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Photo of Kari Telander

“Over the years, a lot of smaller things have changed, but we did get that Wal-Mart on Sixth Street. The economy isn’t growing fast enough, but we’re still well off.”

Photo of Anna Bennett

“It’s not dying out.”

Photo of Kaitlyn Hilgers

“I don’t think we’ve lost momentum completely, but there is room for improvement.”

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“It seems to me that stuff is happening here, and I don’t think momentum is declining.”

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LogicMan 4 years, 9 months ago

Retail's fine, but manufacturing and white collar businesses are needed. Making that old Co-op site ready for development must be a priority.

Who owns that farm field on the southeast corner of 15th and Kasold? KU? It would be a prime spot for more high-tech type businesses, as well as retail on the corner. Is a long term lease preventing its development?

Richard Heckler 4 years, 9 months ago

How in the world can Lawrence or any community support never ending supply of retail? Doesn't that require money and lots of it? Where is the money?

How in the world can Lawrence or any community support never ending supply of retail? Isn't there the possibility that every community has only so many retail $$$$$ available and going beyond that supply develops into a negative which indicates the retail is not paying back?

Where in the world do people get the notion that a community can never get too much of anything in the way of additional residential, retail, warehouses and rock chalk buildings?

Where? From the local real estate profiteers who make their money no matter that over extended markets bring on increased property taxes,sales taxes and user fees to homeowners. The over load of new infrastructure comes back on local homeowners meaning our expendable income becomes less and less.

The community gets "nickel/dimed at a time" which gives the false impression that it is only this much or that much more out of our bank accounts. BUT WAIT! This has happened 6,059 times in the past 11 years and I did not get 6,059 increases in pay to cover the losses.

On top of that the GOP home loan frauds have reduced our property values yet local and state governments pretend that all is well. And keep adding miles and miles and miles of new infrastructure and keep handing out tax dollar welfare like drunken sailors. More "nickel/dimed at a time" which means low income and middle class will be forced out of Lawrence due to fiscal recklessness and gross mismanagement of taxpayers money by guess who? Yes those business people we elected as commissioners? Who must not know as much as we thought.

LogicMan 4 years, 9 months ago

Why aren't they leasing it out for the best uses? They are losing out on lots of revenue.

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

The more interesting question is "How much growth, and what kind, are beneficial to a community?"

Without a sense of that, it's very hard to come up with a good answer to "Are we growing fast enough?"

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