kansasexile (Mark Kostner)

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Journal-World parent company considering demolition of large downtown Lawrence building

I don't know if the building is structurally sound to be rebuilt as a convention center but that might work if it was. To answer the question, downtown does need another hotel or two. When I come to Lawrence I like to spend time downtown and there is Springhill, Towne Place and the Eldridge, and I am sure that there is a market for meetings in Lawrence.

April 20, 2016 at 4:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KDOT considering alternatives to closure of Farmer's Turnpike, Kasold Drive from K-10

This K-10 bypass has been so screwy someone ought to write a book about it. It took 20 years and plowing through the wetlands and building new ones, the curvy divided two lane frontage road, the crazy crossings of Haskell and Louisiana where those roads jog over. Louisiana might have made sense if Naismith Drive had been extended down and an interchange built so basketball traffic would have a direct shot, but's that is not happening either. After the wetland thing got resolved and they were Johnny on the spot with construction, you would think the plans and funding would have been in place to build the west side at the same time so Topeka-Overland Park traffic would flow smoothly. After all they only had 20 years to get ready. And think about traffic currently on K-10. I hope when they talk about four lanes I hope they mean four lanes each way not four lanes total. That road should be three lanes each way to JO County, Right. They'll build it in the future when billions are needed to build it. And now here here is a proposal to build a stoplight at 458. You are driving on a freeway from I-35 and there is a stoplight where an interchange should be. Farmers Turnpike is a growing business area and you know with two major highways intersecting in a thriving community that more will come. You have excuses instead of planning. Is it really crazy and complicated to build a road in the 21st century in Kansas?

April 9, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers consider increasing Kansas speed limit to 80 mph

I am definitely in favor of an 80 mph on I-70 from Topeka west and the Kansas Turnpike where the speed limit was 80 back in the 1960s and early 70s. Another road it would work on would be I-35 between the Johnson County line and Emporia. I was on a road trip to KS from CA last summer and the 80 mph speed limit in NV and UT helped. When you're in empty spaces, drowsiness is a bigger threat than speed. These roads were engineered for 80 mph plus anyway. K-10 is a good example of a road not to raise the speed limit on.

February 16, 2016 at 4:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas ranks low on new list of best places to retire; report predicts job gains for Lawrence in 2016

As someone who is in their 60s I looked at articles about "the best places to retire." Forbes touted Fargo, ND, Rochester, MN, and places in the Great Lakes and New England to retire along with a smattering of depressed locations around the country. So I take these guides with a grain of salt. I did know someone who did want to retire in Lawrence but there was a lack of senior housing and a waiting list. She retired in MO.

January 25, 2016 at 4:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Neighbors concerned about stalled construction near Peterson and Monterey; city, KU transit system named tops in state; a bus hub question for Centennial Park

None of these transit hub proposals make any sense to me. In every other city in America the transit hub is downtown. The one site that would make the most sense would be a small park on Sixth between Kentucky and Tennessee or the electrical substation next to it. These properties have the railroad in back for Amtrak, close to I-70 for Greyhound and any other intercity services, easy for the JO K-10 Connector, and the city buses. I don't know if the current Amtrak station is suitable, but many old train stations around the country have new life as transit hubs. The outlying proposals might be good supplemental hubs but ideally you should have a place where one could jump off a bus or train, transfer to a city bus and arrive at their destination as seamlessly as possible.

August 8, 2015 at 2:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Take a look at the new 31st Street and rebuilt Haskell Avenue; federal figures give Kansas economy middling rank; BBQ contest this weekend

Look at this road. It's a joke. It's half a road. Is this the Kansas budget deficit in action, you only get half of a road? Not even landscaping! You guys got screwed, plain a simple. Someone made a bundle off this road. They plowed through your wetlands to build this? You should rename this road Tax Cuts Parkway!

June 12, 2015 at 9:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas' broad marijuana bill attracts bulk of GOP votes

This is a step in the right direction. The lawmakers are paying attention to election results instead of trying to overturn them and condemning them. The state should move forward with industrial hemp not merely study it. What isn't known about it? Kansans grew it during WWII and other countries are successfully cultivating it and creating useful products with it. If anyone needs to study anything let the KU Cancer Center study treatments or the School of Pharmacy study cannabis medications. The state can't seem to balance its budget and does not have the will to raise taxes, so here's opportunity knocking for new revenue streams. Kansas needs to think outside the box to get out of the box it put itself in.

May 10, 2015 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New proposal for 120-foot tall tower in eastern Lawrence; hotel owner confirms Holiday Inn to become DoubleTree by Hilton

I forgot for a minute it was Lawrence. When I saw 120 foot tower with the hotel headline I thought someone was building an office tower or hotel tower, 12 story buildings. When Lawrence builds a tower it's a tower, lol!

May 7, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Highway move

The Kansas Turnpike was supposed to have been paid off decades ago. The tolls were supposed to have paid for the road which was built before the interstate system in the era of two lane roads that ran over hilltops, were only a lane and half wide, and had 10 mph curves on them. The Turnpike is now nearly 60 years old and has evolved from futuristic to dated with its narrow median and sharp curves to enter. Since KDOT took over KTA maybe it's time to think about retiring the tolls like the Boulder and Dallas-Ft Worth Turnpikes and Kentucky's toll roads did. Also old US 40 and US 81 and 177 south of Wichita can become county roads like the segments along the Interstates did years ago. That is, instead of becoming a cash register for other projects.

April 13, 2015 at 4:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell: 'On edge' but excited for upcoming reaccreditation review

As a source of funding perhaps Haskell should consider building a hotel and casino on its campus near the new K-10 freeway. Nearly every Indian nation has one now and it could be used to educate and train for jobs so native Americans will be employed and managing the casinos on their own lands. Meanwhile the place could be a dining, entertainment, and meeting destination in Lawrence and be a source of income for the university and jobs for students. I'm surprised Haskell hasn't done this already since the advent of Indian casinos as an industry on native American lands.

April 12, 2015 at 11:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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