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City leaders get clearer picture of rec center

Let's see... we have 2 architectural Firms involved....Both Local! Now let's see if they can hire local consultants in lieu of taking this project out of town! Keep that money local.

August 8, 2012 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rendering of Lawrence Public Library entry on the south side. This view shows the southeast corner l

Interesting how Gould Evans decided to use out of town/ out of State consultants on this project... Would have been nice to keep some of this money locally!

July 25, 2011 at 9:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Some developers wanting to use artificial turf for Lawrence landscapes; remake of former Boardwalk Apartment site nearly complete; city likely to win 23rd Street signal funding

grass reference as turf grass in this article:

Captures Water Runoff and Dust

· Turfgrass does an excellent job of capturing water runoff and lessening dust and particulate matter pollution, versus alternatives such as hard surfaces, mulched areas and impervious or bare surfaces.

According to a Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 2006 Publication, turfgrass decreases dust emissions and for controlling soil erosion, a live, functioning grass cover, including urban lawns, is a cost-effective option, since a grass root system is one of the most effective in soil stabilization because of the fibrous, dense character of its roots.
Lessens Heat Island Effect

· Turfgrass lessens the “heat island” effect, especially in urban areas. Urban areas generally have higher temperatures than surrounding rural areas, well known as the urban "heat island" effect. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that “the annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C).”

Captures, Stores Carbon in Roots

· Properly managed turf areas are significant carbon sinks. When kept in a growing state, carbon sequestration in turf areas can range anywhere from four to seven times the carbon emissions, according to a report, Technical Assessment of the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Managed Turfgrass in the United States by Dr. Ranajit (Ron) Sahu. See study at: http://www.opei.org/ht/d/sp/i/1428/pi...
Captures, Stores Carbon in RootsBoosts the Oxygen Footprint

· Turfgrass can boost your oxygen footprint. Compared to bare ground, non-green areas, and lawn substitutes, such as painted concrete or even artificial turf, actual grass and green areas generate oxygen. For example, a turf area 50' x 50' produces enough oxygen to meet the everyday needs of a family of four and each acre of grass produces enough oxygen for 64 people a day. (Source: http://www.turfgrasssod.org/lawninsti...)

http://www.opei.org/news/watersense.dot

May 5, 2011 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Some developers wanting to use artificial turf for Lawrence landscapes; remake of former Boardwalk Apartment site nearly complete; city likely to win 23rd Street signal funding

Definition of "Green Space" per the Oxford Dictionaries - "an area of grass, trees, or other vegetation set apart for recreational or aesthetic purposes in an otherwise urban environment."

Hum not sure that fake grass meets that definition... Will the City stand up to these guys?

May 5, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former manager of KU athletics ticket office Kassie Liebsch sentenced to 37 months in federal prison

37 months in federal prison for that…. Our judicial system is so screwed up. My brother is killed by a 19 year old that is not only 3 times the legal limit on alcohol, he was also high. He will probably only get a max of 36 months. This will be his 2nd DUI and the accident was his fault. I don’t agree with what she did or that she didn’t know what was going on, but really 37 months?

March 30, 2011 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

$1.2M design contract for new library approved by Lawrence City Commission; city to consider costs of adding extras to plans

Very pleased that a local Lawrence firm was chosen for this work, but will they chose to spend the $1.2 million dollar fee with local consultants or head out of town to benefit other towns. It would be nice to see this $$$ stay in Lawrence.

February 9, 2011 at 10:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas University is banning backpacks from home football games, an effort to comply with Homeland Security restrictions. Do you support the ban?

So can I still bring in a bag full of diapers and baby items that I will need?

August 27, 2008 at 2:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

K-State bus riders hit overpass

This is very tragic and could have been avoided. Yes people do crazy things when they shouldn't have. All of these people making comments act like they have never done anything to put themselves in danger....

Just imagine if some KU fan would have gotten killed or seriously hurt when the goal posts came down on Saturday. It would be just as tragic and just as irresponsible for all of the students and fans that were down on the field when they weren't supposed to be either or carrying the goal post around hitting cars and people... but it happens.

November 21, 2006 at 2:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Guess what, parents: Babies charged adult prices at games

My husband and I took my 20 month old son to the game and paid full price tickets for him. I wish that we would have bought the family pass for the year, but didn't know how many games we would be able to attend. We had reserved seating but chose to sit in the family section so that our son could enjoy the game and meet the Jayhawk and cheerleaders.

I agree that infants probably shouldn't be at the games, (I wouldn't have done it) but that doesn't make it wrong, but that is what the family section if for, not sitting with the other fans.

$300 for the family season pass is a great deal. I think that KU should look at a reduced ticket for kids under 10 in the family section only, like maybe $5 or $10. Just a thought, but not free.... kids do take up space.

September 7, 2006 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Building getting new life

If they are doing a bunch of Architectural & Mechanical & Electrical work, did they pull a permit with Plans and specifications? I know in the past when work was done on the Eldridge, no permit was pulled, which violates not only City regulations but also State regulations. This is happening all over the city of Lawrence, which is holding funds from the city due to the fact that these contractors don't want to follow the rules.

This seems to be a huge issue in the City of Lawrence lately.

September 1, 2006 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )