joshua_montgomery (Joshua Montgomery)

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A look at how smart and how small Lawrence is; large apartment project near KU seeks change in parking standards

Bud Stagg, I think you miss the point. We don't need to attract jobs, we need to grow them.

You don't create an orchard by importing mature trees. You grow trees from seeds, then graft on branches from proven fruit producers.

The same is true of a thriving community of entrepreneurship. We need to grow a base of successful startups, then let market forces graft talent an capital from one successful startup to another.

We cannot grow our local economy by attracting companies through tax incentives in a race to be bottom, we can only do it by creating an environment in which local companies can expand to become regional and national companies.

September 17, 2014 at 3:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence police: Three teenagers allegedly skip school to attempt armed robbery

Couple of facts to add:

The clerk at this site is an aspiring martial arts instructor.

The site is a demonstration site for HD video surveillance systems - it has the most comprehensive HD video surveillance system in the City of Lawrence, possibly the State of Kansas.

August 30, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County economic development plan proposes venture capital, other assistance for start-ups

Wouldn't it be nice to have a competitive Gigabit Fiber network where multiple providers competed to bring you the best Internet, TV, Phone and Holographic Sports coverage?

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/...

August 27, 2014 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chamber of Commerce CEO confident despite lagging job growth, high taxes

I think the tech community has made its view on this issue pretty clear:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q...

August 17, 2014 at 11:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Just Food says its shelves are nearly bare

Check sent

July 30, 2014 at 7:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence man wins Army ranger competition

Congratulations LT.

May 25, 2014 at 7:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police identify victim killed in shooting at Mother's Day cookout

We have some choices to make as a community. A single homicide or isolated violent event is to be expected from time to time, but six homicides in the last 11 months is a serious problem.

It is time for our community to start looking for the root cause of this outbreak and start taking steps to fix it.

Lawrence has its historical problems, but violence has never been one of them. We are on track this year to eclipse Topeka in terms of total murders per capita. Topeka.

May 12, 2014 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police: Man killed in shooting at East 13th and Maple Lane during Mother's Day cookout

How about:

1. Lets take steps to combat poverty and provide meaningful employment opportunities.
2. Lets work to identify habitual offenders and take steps to better supervise their activities.
3. Lets get our neighborhoods together to help identify at-risk individuals (both victims and shooters) and take steps to intervene to provide them with opportunities.
4. Lets work with landlords and neighborhoods to ensure that we are not building islands of poverty in an otherwise wealthy community.

All of those things are workable provided that our leadership at city hall takes the issue seriously and begins to expend resources on it.

What we should not do is - nothing. This is how city hall and local law enforcement has handled this outbreak so far and so far it hasn't worked.

Lets not wait until these neighborhoods become blighted and the problems become unsolvable. Lets work to solve them now.

May 12, 2014 at 2:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police: Man killed in shooting at East 13th and Maple Lane during Mother's Day cookout

It is time for our community to start taking steps to combat gun violence.

May 11, 2014 at 11:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )