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Take a look at East Lawrence's latest multimillion dollar project; city prepares for discussion on economic development incentives

"Local investments in Tanger Mall,Riverfront Plaza and the Inner Urban(Baur Farms) projects did not fare well for Lawrence taxpayers" And "Sauer-Sundstrand Co., a German-based manufacturer left town when tax handouts expired yet was among the Chamber darlings at local chamber events pushing tax dollar handouts."

Mr. Heckler, when you going to a clue? When is it that you will finally start to understand that it has NEVER been about "working out the tax payer"! It is and has always been about for the person or persons whom are seeking the handouts, getting one over on the stupid people who support the handouts. The chamber touts it, because they are part of the game players, and many members are doing the same scam at tax payer expense. You know, for example, look at all the tax hand outs that have gone to the corner of 9th & NH. All that helps FM/Compton, but don't think for a minute there is not a spike in property values to someone who might own, say property at the corner of 9th and Mass. who also was a part of awarding those handouts and the giving away of the public parking spaces for 901.

Your a fool if you think any of that was for the tax payers best interest.

June 12, 2015 at 10:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commercial development, duplex plans filed for property near Clinton Parkway and Inverness; city's Parks and Recreation Department finalist for national award

That is because the all the local power players in town, who all run the chamber, and City Commissioners of the past and some still present, whom, had or have business interests in downtown and keeping it remaining an "entertainment district", make bank off all the booze and drunks, and pimping themselves out to KU. Have for years been putting the fix in so control remains in the hands of a few well connected locals with large bank accounts. For example, running off Wakarusa and passing a county noise ordnance to prevent such activities. Handing out public owned property to KU , like for the rowing house, yet when the City asks for putting a new cop shop @ 15th and kasold, KU tells them to take flying leap, always with the handout, and never giving back to the community, unless you count the no bid back room shady deal for the Locompton rec center. I wonder how long it will be before Bliss starts holding shows out there, so that they can make all the money off that sweet good old boy deal they got. Yes just try come to town with any ideas of "fun" things to do as a business here, and if your not in with the right connected people here forget it. That is what they want, a bunch of stupid drunk college kids and locals, to busy getting hammered watching KU BB to notice what going here in politics, all while they take all that booze, basketball, and college kids money to the bank and passing laws that protect their "friends" and their own monied interests... Welcome to Larryville, dollar draft night a the wheel tonight.

June 10, 2015 at 11:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commercial development, duplex plans filed for property near Clinton Parkway and Inverness; city's Parks and Recreation Department finalist for national award

Lawrence is the City of NO! When it comes to anyone else having an idea for bringing "fun" to town. If don't have anything to do with KU or getting drunk downtown and basketball tournaments at the new Lecompton rec center. Can't even have any good outdoor music festivals here anymore unless it is for the Art's center, just for food, or tied to KU. We build a stupid 25 million rec center for Lecompton, and all there is basket ball, volley ball, soccer and walking track. Where is the climbing walls, the indoor skate park for year round use, not going to happen here.

June 10, 2015 at 1:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission plans to start nationwide search for city manager

1.Self 2. Compton 3. Frizel 4. anyone from KU endowment 5.

May 20, 2015 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Already great

Gee Richard if you were not so busy copy and pasting all the time and were clued in a tad, you would see it is NO to everyone else but the local development, realtor, chamber pals. There is a good reason why Lawrence is known far & wide as a business un-friendly community. From big box stores to mom & pop small businesses, have been harassed and or told NO. We are not taking about hand outs to Compton or non bid back room deal with KU endowment and the Fritzel family.

May 14, 2015 at 4:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Narrow report

Sorry you seem to miss the point of my comment. There is news and then there is "media outlets" dressed up as "news". In today's active media, it's mostly the outlets in control. Say what happened to Ebola? Speaking of hype.

May 14, 2015 at 8:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Already great

Ms.Trask,

This is the city of NO. No you can't do that, no you can't open that business, no you can't build that store the size you want.... you don't do around here! We'll tell you how and what you'll do.

See had this idea been your idea and tax payer/grant unfunded, you known more true a make up of the artist community who live in that hood, generated idea, and you all just went out to do it, you can bet they would have said NO. But because the fact this was dreamed up by the arts center movers and shakers (public handouts 300K) and well you know who sits on the board of directors there... And the fact they now get "free money" in a grant, it's all about yes we will and shut up and like what we say, about how your hood should look and feel now. We'll throw in a bunch of meetings in there, so the locals are made to feel part of the process, but make no mistake, the new money investors in the hood will have their agenda met and catered to by City hall and small group locals who make up the "arts scene". Follow the dots to see who connects to who and the influence they have had in the process. Some people are going to make a lot of money off the deal and it won't be the local artist.

May 14, 2015 at 8:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Narrow report

Well gee, don't you think the media plays a part in hyping up most every event. As the author notes, the reporter, or editor, hyped it as lacking the "expected scene of confrontation". Time and time again, media proves its all about the money and ratings, they are not interested in everyone coming together to fix the broken society, it don't sell. What sells is, sex, drugs, race riots, political scandals, death, terrorist and so on, always over hyped and over played by the types of reporters who flock to such stories and then hype it all up for as much drama they can muster. We see it all the time, and the author is calling it out for what it is.

May 13, 2015 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence to pay $29,500 for citizen survey on how well local government is functioning

"Commissioners will pay $29,500 for the survey"
Just like a bunch of drunks in a strip club, tossing around dollar bills like its pay day. what a waste of our money. Seeing how some lowly, city hired computer nerd, could have drafted a simple survey and then posted on the cities website for everyone to take online.... oh here is an idea no one thought of yet... maybe we could just print it on the water bill. Who's brother in law at the city owns ETC?

May 6, 2015 at 7:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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