hear_me (Carol Bowen)

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Plans filed for student apartment complex with more than 700 bedrooms near south Iowa Street

Of course, there's no plan for Louisiana Street to handle the extra traffic. Most of the students will have cars., and, statistically, each driver would make ten trips a day. Here's a loose and conservative estimate:

784 beds ->~500 drivers, ~6 trips per day on Louisiana Street, 500x6=3000 trips. All of this traffic would use the Louisiana and 23rd Street traffic light. (A few drivers would use Iowa Street. )

When the first complex was presented to the city commission, they stated that the students would use Iowa Street, not Louisiana Street. Of course, that's not what happened. H2020 discusses street capacity for new development, but no one takes it seriously. The Planning Department should be workng with the Transportation Department.

December 15, 2017 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Developers to propose downtown project with conference center, hotel and high-rise condos

The developer is using 12 stories as a bargaining chip. He will graciously settle for 9 or 10 stories. The building codes do not allow the height, so he will request a variance.

December 13, 2017 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Complex formula distorts ag land values and taxes, audit shows

There's always a loophole. Chuckle. Taxes should be somewhere in the mix.

December 12, 2017 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Developers to propose downtown project with conference center, hotel and high-rise condos

Communities are beginning to realize that incentives far outweigh the benefits. Voters in Lawrence had clearly slammed on the brakes during the last two city commission elections. The city's infrastructure needs repair and updating. We have realized a new library, a sports facility, and a water treatment plant in a short span of time. A new police department facility and a transit hub are being planned. In general, we are an attractive city, but we should pay attention to our current assets before moving forward.

I do have one concern. It looks like developers are planning Lawrence rather than Lawrencians. I don't recall twelve story structures in the city's building codes. This development plan is very aggressive., invasive even.

December 11, 2017 at 10:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Complex formula distorts ag land values and taxes, audit shows

Agriculture has impacts from weather to politics. We should protect agriculture with a tax structure that is stable and not punitive. However, not all land stay agricultural. If the owner plans to sell for non-agra purposes, the tax should be aligned with the financial gain. That could be accomplished with a sales tax when the land is sold.

December 9, 2017 at 11:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP leaders now backing Moore, despite sexual misconduct allegations; 'We need his vote'

GOP priorities are showing. It's all about power. Principles be damned. Where are the real conservatives?

December 5, 2017 at 2:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local group heading effort against city's new streetlights

Regardless of what lights we use, Lawrence is suffering from light polution. We should not be lighting up every corner of the city. Like, couldn't we have school lights on motion detectors instead of illuminating neighborhoods all night? Addressing various types of polution should be in the city's new comprehensive plan.

December 5, 2017 at 2:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local group heading effort against city's new streetlights

Is it possible that Westar offered the city a real deal on 4000k LEDs, because the lights are not being used elsewhere? Are other communities already using 3000k?

December 4, 2017 at 9:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Racial disparity in suspensions still plagues Lawrence school district

To dwell on this grouped data would be racist. Yes, it was important to view this data, but what is the problem we are trying to solve? Is it a problem of racist application of discipline, or is it the problematic symptoms of suspending students? I suggest that we should address the student population that has a record of suspensions. That would include comparing incidents of discipline, but study in more depth, why students are being suspended. These students should not be disruptive in the classroom. What is the cause?

December 3, 2017 at 5:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance response could include Kansas constitutional amendment

The legislature often considers changing the constitution rather than following the constitution.

November 27, 2017 at 11:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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