kansasexile (Mark Kostner)


Comment history

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 )

Speculation increases that site near The Oread hotel may be in running for convention center

This idea is as outstanding as Herbert Hoover's legacy. As they say in real estate, location, location, location. The problem with this location and the KU campus in general is it's on the summit of a large hill with no major cross streets, just local residential streets. I'm sure there is a market for conferences and small conventions in Lawrence, this just is not the place. Most convention centers are in downtowns and near the river perhaps at the old LJ World print plant site would be good. If one would go in on the KU campus it should be along Iowa, around 23rd and Iowa where there are major cross streets to get in and out. The wild card location would be the proposed Delaware "reservation" and a casino resort, or even a distant runner up, the Clinton Lake resort that was proposed.

February 20, 2014 at 9:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wind energy company NextEra eyeing Douglas County

This is a bad idea. I googled a map of Kansas wind. Douglas County is marginal to poor. The areas rated excellant are Southwest Kansas, especially near Dodge City and a ridge south of I-70 roughly marking the divide between the Smoky Hill and Arkansas basins. The western half of the state is rated good along with a small part of the Flint Hills near El Dorado. Roughly flat treeless plains. There's where wind farms should go. A wind farm near Lawrence makes as much sense as a hydro electric project on the Arkansas or Cimarron Rivers. It's the wrong shade of green!

December 15, 2013 at 2:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Modern architecture tells story of midcentury Lawrence

Two other mid century buildings were the Santa Fe depot which replaced a Victorian building, and Fraser Hall, the building which resembles a Monopoly hotel. Personally I wished their predecessors had survived, but since they didn't I would like to see that they continue on for furture generations. Americans have been too quick to tear things down, and now as modern buildings start becoming era buildings I hope the mid century ones get preserved.

November 15, 2013 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Compton hopes to develop multistory apartment, retail building at 11th and Massachusetts

If I was moving back to Lawrence and living in an apartment I'd want to live there amid all the restaurants, clubs, and stores.

October 30, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Railway construction will disrupt traffic along Sixth Street downtown through Wednesday

I never saw a public works department move so fast. The LJ World just announce the print plant was closing a few days ago.

October 28, 2013 at 9:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Journal-World to move printing to Kansas City Star in January

I can fully understand this move. I stopped reading physical copies of the newspapers because they piled up. I then completely got out of the habit. I am moving to a new house and actually needed papers to pack dishes and still used cloth instead. I asked a client in the paper business what was going on these days and he said that they were pretty much in packaging and boxes and operating with a fraction of their former workforce. The company I work for only uses paper for a few elderly clients who do not own computers. The post office is also operating at a lower level than before. We saved the trees! The LJ World sits on some of the most prime real estate in Lawrence so it will be interesting to see what becomes of that site. The train will no longer be dodging cars on Sixth, Vermont, and Mass. When I was in college 6th and Mass was an industrial area so an era ends with this printing shift.

October 18, 2013 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )