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Lawrence city leaders are proposing that portions of Bob Billings Parkway, Kasold Drive, 19th Street and Wakarusa Drive become the first streets reconstructed if voters approve a sales tax increase in November. Which street is the worst?

Response Percent Votes
19th Street
52% 404
None of them
29% 223
Kasold Drive
6% 50
Bob Billings Parkway
4% 32
Wakarusa Drive
3% 30
All of them
3% 25
Total 764


Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Do city commissoners live in glass houses? The lady that travels by wheel chair must navigate E 13th because the sidewalks are........ How many more years must she be forced into the streets?

coolmarv 9 years, 11 months ago

If you did not pick 19th you have not driven from Mass to Naismith. Hands down the pick of these choices. Quit whining about living in East Lawrence. More expensive houses does not equate to nicer streets. Newer neighboorhods might but not the cost of the house.

ILoveLawrence 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm with Lorrah. The street in front of my house isn't even paved, and I live in city limits.

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 11 months ago

Return all streets and roads to gravel and everyone can complain equally, it would put a stop to grown and spawl in Lawrence. Who would want to live here? I think I'm genius!

newsreader 9 years, 11 months ago

ILoveLawrence;Was it paved when you decied to buy your house? No? So who are you really complaining about?

Nikki May 9 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, but they ARE newer neighborhoods, so they should have good streets already. 19th is being worked on now.

twaldaisy 9 years, 11 months ago

I thought that 19th was only going past the high school not all the way to Iowa. I believe 19th needs repaved from Mass. all the way to Iowa st. Not just that block or 2. I also agree that East 23rd is atrocious, bumps all the way to 10. I drive Waka quite a bit and I think it seems fine, not sure why this is on the list. 15th (Bob Billings) from Iowa to Kasold has some holes, but again, not as bad as 19th. What about any streets in North Lawrence, when is the last time any of them were paved. I believe they pay taxes as well as East Lawrence and West Lawrence.

Lorrah 9 years, 11 months ago

I understand that West Lawrence may need some help with their streets, but when was the last time ANYTHING in East Lawrence was repaired?? Just because we don't have space to be the fastest growing part of town, or the money to expand, doesn't mean that the streets in East Lawrence should be neglected. Sure, I can't afford to own a home anywhere NEAR Kasold or god forbid near Wakarusa, but that doesn't mean that I wouldn't appreciate not sinking my car into potholes on E 19th St, Haskell, Harper, Connecticut....

Baille 9 years, 11 months ago

You vote for pro-cancerous growth commissioners, you get pro-cancerous growth commissioners. This is just one more consequence of electing people who are in favor of unchecked growth and sprawl.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Apparently the price of gasoline is not a concern for each of our commissioners nor smog.Was there not just a huge story about addressing local ozone levels? Providing a network of new sidewalks ,bike trails plus bus travel might encourage less vehicle travel and cost a lot less money than fixing new streets.

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

Did they actually look at these streets to determine this, or did they just look through the list of streets that they have decided to fix or repave each and every year, plus 19th street?Or is this like a police lineup, with one real street that needs repair and a bunch of other streets that have nothing to do with it to fill in the gaps?

Nikki May 9 years, 11 months ago

And, they just did kasold, it looks really good.

shlomoek 9 years, 11 months ago

I think they should remove bob billings.

dandelion 9 years, 11 months ago

When you pay taxes for west Lawrence to have ideal streets, and your streets are crumbling, then there will be a lot of resentment. Especially since there are a lot of people on this forum who live on the west side who claim they are forced to go out of town to shop, because of the lack of a mall in Lawrence. If this is a sales tax, and people on the west side prefer to shop out of town, then the east side is paying for streets that aren't on their side of town. I will be voting no. When I can buy a house it will be on the east side. The houses have much more character and color, even if they have lousy streets, and you can paint your house whatever color you want, without getting permission from your neighbors. And you aren't forced to have those dangerous shake shingles. Stupid idea.

yoornotmee 9 years, 11 months ago

Why is there even a poll? Re-do 19th. It's a no-brainer.

Thats_messed_up 9 years, 11 months ago

vote NO to more taxes!!!!! The city needs to learn how to budget the peoples tax revenues - not just jack up taxes every time they blow it on something ridiculous like roundabouts and bus lines. Almost all streets in Lawrence are bad. 23rd east of Haskell was just repaved 3 or 4 years ago and it was terrible within 12 months. You get what you pay for and the previous Kommission went really cheap on street construction so they could waste our money on stupid shlt. How old is bob billings west of wakarusa? It's in terrible shape already!

Curtis Lange 9 years, 11 months ago

19th St not only needs repaired, but it also needs widened to four lanes. Good luck finding the room for that though.

SpeedRacer 9 years, 11 months ago

I am tired of seeing the same streets given attention year after year while my 55 year old street in Sunset Hills continues to deteriorate. I'll vote NO until I see more acceptable plans for street improvements that are more directed to the residents of this city instead the streets which are being deteriorated by those just passing through town on their way somewhere else.

gccs14r 9 years, 11 months ago

TMU said, "You get what you pay for and the previous Kommission went really cheap on street construction so they could waste our money on stupid shlt."The previous commission raised the standard for street construction, specifying granite aggregate instead of limestone. If the present and future commissions stick with granite, that will pay dividends in the long run.

gccs14r 9 years, 11 months ago

Throw a dart at a map of Lawrence east of Mass and north of 19th and you'll hit a street in need of repair.

cds 9 years, 11 months ago

newsreader (Anonymous) says: Was it paved when you decied to buy your house? No? So who are you really complaining about?_____The road I lived on had pavement when I moved here, then the city decided to repave it and a bunch of east side morons (or what BG would call greeniewheenies) decided to keep the cruddy cobblestone that was underneath, But hey I guess I can't complain too much, it helped with the resale value when I decided to move because I was sick of having flat tires all the time from giant sharp curb sides that stuck up a good 10-12 inches from the surface of what used to be a road. Oh and the giant hole at the end of the street that turned to mud everytime it rained didnt help either.19th st. is an obvious no brainer, I just hope they don"t strip the surface and find a bunch of broken bricks underneath when they work on it, east side morons will cry for it to be left that way.

Centerville 9 years, 11 months ago

That stretch of 19th that is being repaved was the worst. Given all the pressure of traffic trying to get from K-10 east of town to I-70, all these streets are getting worn and obsolete pretty quickly.

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