kansasexile (Mark Kostner)


Comment history

A conversation with Lawrence's tourism leader; city set to give $150K to local events; advocate selling KU basketball tickets for affordable housing cause

I'm one of the tourists that visits Lawrence. I live in California and will be there this week. I never visit friends in Kansas City without going to Lawrence. On many years I would attend Lawrence's Christmas lighting along with the Plaza lighting. I am drawn to downtown Lawrence and its restaurants, shops, and nightclubs. I hope the city continues to grow and develop that asset and downtown could use a few more hotels. Beyond having a good shopping and entertainment district, I have read proposals of redeveloping the old JW print plant into a convention center and a faux downtown type shopping area for North Lawrence. I don't know if those are dead proposals or if they await better economic conditions. Lawrence would make a good conference center and place for small conventions. This proposal for Clinton Lake is intriguing and I have been impressed by the videos of the US Whitewater Center and its locale looks like Clinton. Lawrence should seize the moment on this.Clinton Lake is a great asset. Lawrence is a great place to visit and I keep planning to come at least twice a year.

December 20, 2016 at 12:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at what a downtown grocery store would look like and details of a new lawsuit aiming to stop it

If they have to ask the condo owners about locating a grocery next door ask them on a cold icy day when they have to drive on slick streets to pick up a few things. As for the store itself, if it's serving Lawrence condo owners it seems a Sprouts, an upscale grocer or a smaller one like Aldi would be a better fit than Price Chopper. There's not even a 7-11 down there right now. Finally, what ever became of the development across the bridge? A grocery store over there would make sense.

December 3, 2016 at 11:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New details on proposed hotel, restaurant development in eastern Lawrence

I am surprised that after K-10 is rerouted a hotel would go in there. The developers must be optimistic on the future of the old Farmland site. The place in eastern Lawrence I thought would get a hotel would be the Haskell exit on new K-10 and I am really surprised a hotel casino convention hotel isn't built on the Haskell campus itself near K-10 as part of a university hospitality management program since hotel casinos are such a huge part of the economy of the Native American nations these days. Lawrence would be a natural for conferences and small conventions.

October 25, 2016 at 9:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Small 10

This conference is a joke and an embarrassment. it doesn't even live up to its name. It's not big and it's not 12. Only 5 of the old Big 8 remain. I really was hoping the Big 12 would make it. I was pulling for state flagship schools CSU, getting the league back into Colorado and UCONN, a worthy basketball competitor for KU to be chosen. I would have settled for SMU and Houston for their Southwest Conference history. I even thought a 16 team national conference stretching from SDSU in the Pacific Time Zone to Temple and UCONN in the Eastern Time zone might have been interesting. But I really don't think the Big 12 has the will to live and TV might really want a Power 4 instead. My personal preference now is KU in the Big 10 with other AAU heavyweights. ISU could come along or even better, if what Bill Snyder said was true and CU is really unhappy with the PAC 12, the Lawrence and Boulder schools should elope to the Big 10 together. The one thing holding back KU is its moribund football program having barely more of a pulse than the WSU Shocker football program. The Jayhawks need to be functional there so they can move on.

October 19, 2016 at 10:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Colorado's legalization of marijuana has changed the way the drug is used in Kansas, AG reports

I wonder if the KS Attorney General's office said the same thing in the 1930s, when Prohibition was repealed and all our neighboring began to legalize liquor.

October 11, 2016 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pro-business think tank not impressed with Kansas tax cuts

So this plan even bombed with the people it was supposed to impress.

September 30, 2016 at 9:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Current zoning could add 6,000 more apartments to Lawrence

I know one type of apartments the city needs is senior housing. Senior as in senior citizens not college seniors. I had one person tell me there is a lengthy wait list for such housing right now. The baby boomers are retiring and their college towns are a popular choice. Although I have several more years of working life planned, I would consider coming back to Lawrence in my final years for an active retirement but will the affordable senior housing be there? So if there are thousands of apartments slated for construction, here is a niche to fill.

September 25, 2016 at 11:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )