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New comprehensive plan could change the look of Lawrence

There is one thing for sure. Donating land to the city for Parks or for affordable housing will increase costs not reduce them. A developer having to donate land, is just going to roll that cost into the land that can be sold or developed creating a comp for other properties to be compared too. This increase will cause all of the valuations to go up by some measure creating another comp that future developers will in some part base there rent or the sale price of the properties, increasing cost through out the community.

When an entry level new home cost 230K+ to buy, you are a long way from affordable housing.

I would be curious what best practices have been found to assist with affordable housing?

I would agree with the post above that a huge problem is low wages. I know a lot of people who commute just because they can be paid more or have better benefits in other cities for t
he same job. More industrial and corporate jobs are needed in this town.

August 28, 2017 at 10:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New comprehensive plan could change the look of Lawrence

Interesting Paul, you have dogged all of West Lawrence, complained about Here's infill development and now say Europe has a better quality of life. It sounds like Lawrence may not be the town for you. It sounds like you would appreciate a city that has more density and better public transportation. What do you think of the new infill development downtown?

August 28, 2017 at 9:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New comprehensive plan could change the look of Lawrence

The sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owners.

As far as building up, Increased density is desirable, however, to make the numbers work from an investment point of view you may be looking at much larger buildings then three stories. Presumably if you are having larger buildings it will require underground parking to minimize impervious surfaces increasing the investment dollars that have to go in. Thereby making it a more difficult project.

August 28, 2017 at 9:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to consider site plan for former Jayhawk Bookstore

You know people like a beer with their food. Go to the locations in KC and you will see.

Is Slim Chickens a bar? They have beer there...I guess it is I can see throngs of people waiting in line to grab wings and a bucket o bottles.

I would recommend anyone who has an opinion against McLain's, to take a drive and see for yourself rather than rushing to judgement on a business. They close at 9 on Friday and Saturday. I doubt most college students have even gone out that early.

August 15, 2017 at 5:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to consider site plan for former Jayhawk Bookstore

As a customer of McLain's Market in Overland Park. ( I have a snickerdoodle in front of me now from there) I have had lunch, purchased pastries, picked up some tea. I did not even know they had alcohol for sale.

Trust me it is not a big part of their business. Their baked goods are the best. It has a neighborhood vibe.

August 15, 2017 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission votes to increase property taxes, fund police headquarters

I will be paying very close attention to candidates views on tax increases in the upcoming election. You might say it is my litmus test.

August 2, 2017 at 6:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission candidate profile: Christian Lyche

Mike, commenting on audible pauses is seriously below the belt. It takes practice to rid yourself of that habit. You can watch any news cast interview and hear the same thing.

It is no big deal. Your comment on it speaks volumes.

It should be commended that a young person has enough guts to put themselves out there in a public forum even if they allegedly have made mistakes in the past. Who has not made mistakes?

I applaud Christian for having the courage to state his beliefs and put himself up for criticism.

I would encourage him to continue to participate and hopefully, other young people will take his lead and join him in the political process.

July 27, 2017 at 11:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trump to nominate Gov. Brownback to serve as ambassador

According to the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.

July 27, 2017 at 11:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )