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Lawrence City Commission denies incentives for downtown condo project

Bob's timing was unfortunate. He got caught in a major philosophy shift twice - during the last election for city commission and applying for incentives for his project. Our new commissioners were elected because voters are unhappy with incentives for development. The commission has advisory boards that approved Schuum's project. Are those advisory boards using old criteria or new criteria for incentives based on input from voters? What are the guidelines for Neighborhood Renovation and other incentives?

Voters were loud and clear. Rethink incentives for development and concentrate on infrastructure. Now, let's see what happens after they resolve the issues with Mt. Oread, the recreation center, and HERE. Doug Compton's grocery store is next.

December 7, 2016 at 2:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Voting debate

Then, there's the duopoly. Our current system including the electoral college is controlled by the two major parties depriving citizens of other choices and limiting what will be heard. Is the two party system of the constitution?

December 6, 2016 at 8:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Accident report diagrams what may have happened in Ninth Street fatality

While pedestrians and cyclists should wear light colors, that's not so easy to do. It's difficult to find jackets that are light colored. Almost all outerwear available is dark, even for children.

December 6, 2016 at 5:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission to vote again on HERE parking plan after zoning debate

Brett, I disagree about rezoning the area to a higher density because of a parking lot. The density will happen, but it should not be forced. Local residents have a right to expect that their properties will not be compromised. The alternative would be that policies would destabilize any residential area.

Good architecture does not come from a textbook and does more than use every square inch of available land (and more, given all the variances the city approves). Good architecture is sensative to the surrounding area and suplements it rather than encroaching and overwhelming the existing land use.

December 6, 2016 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at what a downtown grocery store would look like and details of a new lawsuit aiming to stop it

Hey, so far this discussion has been about concepts. Let's not start going for the knee caps of the bloggers to discredit them.

December 4, 2016 at 5:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KDOT announces more traffic control measures for Kasold and SLT intersection

Someone suggested an overpass for local traffic. Would that be a viable option?

December 4, 2016 at 5:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KDOT announces more traffic control measures for Kasold and SLT intersection

Roundabouts cost significantly less than traffic lights. They also eliminate the possibility of T collisions which are prevalent at this intersection.

December 4, 2016 at 5:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at what a downtown grocery store would look like and details of a new lawsuit aiming to stop it

We have to start thinking about infill rather than sprawl. It's more economical for the city and more environmentally responsible. I'm OK with the project as long as there are no variances or exceptions requested. If there are design issues they will be discussed by the Historic Resources Commission. The project should be reviewed for fire safety and other stuff.

In the past, there were so many deviations from the building codes, that it's difficult to remember the content of the codes. Not following the building codes forces neighbors to enforce the codes. It makes the neighbors sound like complainers when they really are doing what the city should be doing (enforcing the building codes). The building codes were written to integrate new projects with existing structures without overwhelming the existing structures. CVS and the Kmart block are two examples of redeveloped property that had no controversy.

Has the city commission developed guidelines for incentive programs? Personally, I do not think that residential units are a top priority for the city. Low to moderate priced housing is a priority. Using the 'This project won't support itself without incentives' approach is not a reason for tax incentives. If the project cannot support itself, then it shouldn't be built. It's not up to us to cushion the developer's risk ... unless, of course, the project really does provide something the city needs.

December 3, 2016 at 4:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at what a downtown grocery store would look like and details of a new lawsuit aiming to stop it

What a shocker for Hobbs residents. What would this structure do to their view?t

December 3, 2016 at 2:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School email says resignation came from South teacher accused of making racist comments

I am uncomfortable discussing someone I don't know who did something I don't know and delving into personnel issues. I support those who are closely involved, but I don't think anyone should be mailigned because of a blog.

December 1, 2016 at 4:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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