hear_me (Carol Bowen)


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Request for tax break on downtown project to create debate; a closer look at supposed parking problem in downtown

Greg, There are building codes governng infill development. It's when developers want to push the envelope, that the controversy gets heated. Discussions on downtown parking should get interesting. One of our new commissioners commented that he could not envision a downtown full of parking garages. On the other hand, residential units downtown without parkng seem a liitle premature given that publc transportation is still in its infancy and nearby businesses do not support household needs. I'm curious to read the policy that Mr. Fleming refers to. I agree we should all be on the same page.

December 1, 2015 at 1:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Request for tax break on downtown project to create debate; a closer look at supposed parking problem in downtown

"There’s one problem, though, Fleming says. The city’s economic development policy says otherwise"

Where can I find the economic development policy regarding infill? Horizon 2020, chapter 12 on economic development, refers to Employment Growth, Tax Base Growth(not retail), and Income Growth.

Is there such a thing as a residential redevelopment project in a commercial zone?

November 30, 2015 at 8:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Request for tax break on downtown project to create debate; a closer look at supposed parking problem in downtown

"Not business friendly" must be a campaign slogan. I've never seen an explanation. Did "not business friendly" originate from potential businesses considering Lawrence, or is it homegrown? That could work against us. A potential recruit could read the newspaper and decide not to consider Lawrence. If "not business friendly" is homegrown, how could our reps recruit with such a negative attitude? Just exactly what do they think "business friendly" means?

November 30, 2015 at 8:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Development denial

It's such a hassle to think about driving to yet another shopping center. From a developer's point of view, sure, it's a good location for a regional retail center. There's a good set of stores. The PR is impressive. The developer is not asking for incentives. (However, there has been no discussion on the cost of extending services.) And, here's a question. The land is zoned for a truck stop. Would the trucks not park at Walmart if there were a truck stop?

We do have two corner malls that are easy to access. Would the developer consider splitting the group into two centers? Zoning and city services are already in place. Intersections could be improved. Redeveloping these locations might be worth some incentives. Disregarding his partisan rhetoric, Mr. Burress is right. There is no economic growth with additional chain stores. The advantage would be infill development in aged retail areas.

Some businesses have built in Lawrence without rezoning or incentives. That is free enterprise. There is land available, appropriately zoned and ready. The city's involvement is minimal. Within Lawrence's plan, developers can exercise the free enterprise philosophy. The alternative is to have empty buildings and strung out development along our major streets.

November 28, 2015 at 11:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Words signify

"polls" not "poles"

November 25, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Words signify

News is more sensationalized than I can recall. (That's a long time.) Blogging, viral messaging, partial poles, clever headlines. Objective reporting is rare. It's impossible to pick apart a story to gather facts. Can't even diagram the sentences to figure out whose side is who. I suspect the media will choose the next president.

November 24, 2015 at 6:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: School equity

"Knowing that socioeconomic status is a major factor in student performance, the district drew the boundary line for the two schools from east to west down 15th Street in an effort to provide approximately the same socioeconomic balance at both schools. However, even though the district has done a good job of equalizing student opportunities at the two schools, it has been unable to equalize students’ academic achievement. LHS has consistently lagged behind FSHS in such areas as standardized test scores and graduation rates, as well as the number of students enrolled in advanced classes and the number taking the ACT college entrance exam."

I question the equal opportunities and the measures of success. If a student is not interested in college, why would they want to take advanced classes? Taking the ACT is not a bad idea. A student might change their mind later, but is it absolutely necessary? And, if students don't graduate, is it because the high schools did not offer career paths for students who don't want to or cannot go to college? The new votech programs are a viable alternative. Now, let's talk about successes including more than just college prep.

November 24, 2015 at 1:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Housing costs

Some cities require developers to build a percentage of low income housing in their projects.

November 24, 2015 at 10:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Q&A with Marlon Marshall, former KU student body VP and now one of Hillary Clinton's top staffers

I have a bit of a problem with the headline. Why must we emphasize race? We should assume that Marlon Marshall is in his position based on merit.

November 20, 2015 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU plan for diversity training worries some GOP lawmakers

KU also needs to have policy and training for employees, including administration and faculty.

November 19, 2015 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )