kansasexile (Mark Kostner)


Comment history

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 )

Your turn: Jail expansion proposal spurs questions

Is the Douglas County population projected to nearly double like this jail, or is this jail to be a rent-a-jail for other agencies and juristictions?

January 25, 2015 at 5:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Numbers show retail sales in Lawrence grew faster than many cities in 2014; west Lawrence retirement complex seeks sales tax break

I'm a person who Lawrence should fit into the retail equation. I'm a tourist, someone who does not live in Kansas let alone Johnson, Franklin, or Jefferson Counties. When I come to Kansas I never fail to come to Lawrence and spend money. Why, because the place has atmosphere, it's cool, and of course memories. I go to restaurants, occasionally nightclubs, and shop downtown and sometimes in the shopping centers around town. I may watch the Plaza holiday lighting but my dollars tend to be spent in Lawrence. Also, there are others who love Lawrence and got in the habit of dining and shopping there because I brought them there initially. Lawrence is as cool as anyplace in America, plus I am in the travel business and that's my professional opinion as well. And if you keep adding places for people to stay, shop , dine, and be entertained to Lawrence, people will come. I did.

January 20, 2015 at 9:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence planning to throw an international party; South Lawrence Trafficway, Part II; police HQ listening session tonight

I was disappointed when the South Lawrence Trafficway began that that both legs weren't funded and constructed. How long has this road been planned now? So when the eastern leg is finished it will dump four lanes of traffic into two. Lovely. I was in a favor of a freeway, but this freeway seem s like it's designed to cause the most environmental damage, screw up roads that intersect with it, just half baked planning from the get go. It's like a big middle finger on the Lawrence landscape, the gift that keeps on giving. If Lawrence doesn't honor the governor by naming its new waste water treatment plant after him, they should rename the South Lawrence Trafficway the Sam Brownback Parkway.

January 15, 2015 at 10:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Downtown Lawrence grocery store in the works for 11th and Massachusetts

Until the early 1970's an A&P, a big east coast based grocery chain, had a store on the very same site. What is old is now new again.

December 4, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City asked to cut downtown employees a break on parking; talk of a downtown liquor store versus downtown grocery

What's interesting is there was a grocery store on the Allen Press site years ago. Up to the early 70's there was an A&P store at 11th and Mass. If the Allen Press site is redeveloped and a grocery there, things will have gone full circle.

August 14, 2014 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU geographer challenges Kansas' "flattest state" reputation

One state is definitely flatter than Kansas--Florida. It was so flat the rivers didn't seem to flow and the water seemed to sit there and spread out. When it rained it flooded because the water didn't seem to have a place to go. Another state that seemed flat was Louisiana. Kansas seems mountainous next to them.

March 9, 2014 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence liquor store owners oppose push for groceries to sell more alcohol

The liquor stores are right. I used to live in Las Vegas and in that land of 24 hour liquor there were virtually no liquor stores or drug stores. Liquor was concentrated at groceries, mostly chains, Walmart & Target, CVS & Sav On, Sams Club & Costco. On the other hand, as a consumer it's more convenient. When I was back there at the holidays I picked up my liquor at the Costco on the Missouri side which has laws more like California where I live now. California does have lots of liquor stores because they are set up like convenience stores and delis.

February 25, 2014 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Deal struck to bring new grocer to Sixth and Wakarusa; Google's latest announcement and its impacts on Lawrence

As Lawrence approaches 100,000 population most store chains that aren't there already probably will be. West Sixth will be built up to K-10 and possibly East 23rd as well.

February 23, 2014 at 10:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )