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Soul food restaurant opens in eastern Lawrence; don't let signs of redevelopment worry you at The Bottleneck; more than $200K of traffic calming considered for 27th Street

As south Iowa has developed, traffic on Louisiana Street and 27th Street has increased by thousands, filtering through the Indian Hills and Parkhill neighborhoods. It's the most convenient path for many drivers. The increased traffic has been very difficult for the residential neighborhoods to adapt to. There are cul-de-sacs, dead end streets, driveways, schools, and very few sidewalks. The detour on 27th Street is an immediate problem. The detour was not planned, and it is not managed. The problems will not be solved with traffic studies. The city should prepare the street to be used as a detour. This is not a problem for comprehensive planning. As Laura stated, a long range traffic calming plan is already in place.

May 9, 2015 at 3:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Soul food restaurant opens in eastern Lawrence; don't let signs of redevelopment worry you at The Bottleneck; more than $200K of traffic calming considered for 27th Street

Clara, I agree that a comprehensive study of traffic on 27th Street should wait until Louisiana Street is open again. I think the real complaint is the lack of a managed detour while the construction is going on. 27th Street is the main route for children from Broken Arrow grade school and South Middle school. If you look closely, you will see that there are very few places to cross the street and there are not sidewalks on both sides. I've attached a Journal World photo taken after school. The increased traffic including the school buses are driving through the neighborhood. Evening walkers stop at 27th Street and people using the park have difficulty crossing. Residents have trouble backing out of their driveways. The city should have prepared the street and the neighborhood for its use as a detour.

May 9, 2015 at 2:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Soul food restaurant opens in eastern Lawrence; don't let signs of redevelopment worry you at The Bottleneck; more than $200K of traffic calming considered for 27th Street

Jane, I frequently use a pedestrian island to cross Louisiana Street safely. I would not be able to cross without the islands.

May 9, 2015 at 2:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents oppose bill requiring prospectus for all degree programs

Good point, Kate. Why is this bill limited to public colleges? Surely, parents and prospective students considering private schools would want the same information.

May 6, 2015 at 11:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents oppose bill requiring prospectus for all degree programs

Do colleges still have placement programs? Knowing how many grads were placed in jobs would be useful.

May 6, 2015 at 6:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas receives 100,000th application for concealed carry

FYI. the 2014 population in kansas was 2.9 million people.

May 5, 2015 at 12:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

See if your neighborhood is included in $130K worth of sidewalk repairs; meeting about fantasy city government set; city to seek budget comments tonight

The money used for sidewalks is Community Development Block Grant, CDBG, money. Grant money has specific criteria for use. It's possible that property owners paid for the sidewalks you mentioned.

Lawrence has two challenges:

1. Finding a funding method that does not depend on individual property owners, and

2. Finding a source of funds to take on the massive project of constructing and repairing sidewalks all over the city. (Think millions not thousands of dollars. I'm guessing, ~10 million based on what I've read. Of course, the costs will go up as we delay.)

May 5, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

See if your neighborhood is included in $130K worth of sidewalk repairs; meeting about fantasy city government set; city to seek budget comments tonight

The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition (LPC) is addressing this issue. The city is researching its options. State law is that land owners are responsible for sidewalks.

www.lawrencewalks.org

May 5, 2015 at 11:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

See if your neighborhood is included in $130K worth of sidewalk repairs; meeting about fantasy city government set; city to seek budget comments tonight

$130,000 is not very much money in "sidewalk speak". It looks like the city is focusing on activity areas. It would take millions to catch up on sidewalk construction. Lawrence, like most cities, focused on vehicular transportation and neglected sidewalks - the automobile era.

By the way, David, notice that the city is using the remainder of CDBG funds. Up until this year, the city has not had a budget for sidewalk construction. The city needs revenue to increase the sidewalk line item from its placeholder, zero.

May 5, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )