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City adopts tougher penalties for landlords who violate city code for single-family homes

thanks none2. I grew up in small town and when I graduated I decided to stay in Lawrence. KC was too big for me, I didn't want to live in the suburbs and Lawrence fits just right. I work hard and I'd love to invest in my community and I believe I can do that without owning a home. Unfortunately, home ownership for "young children" like me is far away in terms of my financial future. It's disheartening to be stereotyped as a "young child" because I want to rent a home, live with roommates and be responsible and take care of the property. The irresponsible, young college students that do cause problems in your neighborhoods are a gross misrepresentation of most young people living in this city. I don't stereotype "your" generation as a generation of uppity, snobbish, whiners who ruined our economy during a period of rampant deregulation and tax cuts. I understand there are issues with the way housing works in this city, but don't lump all citizens under 35-40 into some troublesome category. I spend my hard earned dollars in this city and I'm doing what I can to give back. Give folks a break.

October 6, 2011 at 6:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City adopts tougher penalties for landlords who violate city code for single-family homes

thanks none2. I grew up in small town and when I graduated I decided to stay in Lawrence. KC was too big for me, I didn't want to live in the suburbs and Lawrence fits just right. I work hard and I'd love to invest in my community and I believe I can do that without owning a home. Unfortunately, home ownership for "young children" like me is far away in terms of my financial future. It's disheartening to be stereotyped as a "young child" because I want to rent a home, live with roommates and be responsible and take care of the property. The irresponsible, young college students that do cause problems in your neighborhoods are a gross misrepresentation of most young people living in this city. I don't stereotype "your" generation as a generation of uppity, snobbish, whiners who ruined our economy during a period of rampant deregulation and tax cuts. I understand there are issues with the way housing works in this city, but don't lump all citizens under 35-40 into some troublesome category. I spend my hard earned dollars in this city and I'm doing what I can to give back. Give folks a break.

October 6, 2011 at 6:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City adopts tougher penalties for landlords who violate city code for single-family homes

I do believe this has a lot to do with it. As the ordinances were already in place, but now they're just "cracking down?" Seems like a little pressure from said "boyz" is taking effect.

October 5, 2011 at 9:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City adopts tougher penalties for landlords who violate city code for single-family homes

1. I lived in the "student ghetto" for two years, as well as East Lawrence and a home on Naismith. I'm not sure if those are zoned for single family homes, but the East Lawrence home was where I had to "hide" my room mate.

2. Too bad us "young children" probably won't be making any large investments in our neighborhoods because even with a college degree and beyond adequate work experience, it's increasingly difficult to find a job that pays enough to afford home ownership along with student loans. Also, you don't know how old I am. Don't assume someone is young because they're just out of college and unmarried. While I have seen some reasonably priced homes and it's possible that a mortgage payment would be less than rent, I'm not buying a home until my job is secure and I know I'll be there for a while and right now I'm not willing to make that large of an investment. That doesn't make me any less "invested" in my neighborhood. Our generation might be a generation of renters for a very long time.

3. I agree with peartree. My father was a contractor for 25 years and was appalled at most places I lived in. The conditions of these homes are absurd and yes it is sad that beautiful neighborhoods, which students and homeowners alike can contribute to, are becoming dilapidated pits. JOY REALTY is one example. I looked at a few of her properties and I was shocked at the state of these places. She rents a property on Ohio street that looks condemned and she charges an ridiculous amount of rent. A few of her properties, from what I can tell, remain unrented and I can only imagine it's because of the terrible condition they are in. Or take Connecticut street for example. Some of the homes on that street are beautiful, while others resemble a haunted house. I agree, stricter rules for actual property owners/slumlords, instead of "punishing" those just trying to work hard and pay affordable rent.

October 5, 2011 at 6:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City adopts tougher penalties for landlords who violate city code for single-family homes

thank you! I went to KU and lived in the "student ghetto" with 9 other non-related girls. No crazy parties were thrown, we needed cheap rent, close to campus. We didn't want to take a bus or drive to campus from West Lawrence or out by Walmart. We wanted to walk to school. What's wrong with that? I graduated, but since I'm not married with kids and I still work in Lawrence, I need roommates and (still) cheap rent. I had to hide my last roommate from my landlord because we were violating the rental agreement. Neither one of us could afford rent, even with full time jobs. We needed to share a place. This is the LAST thing the city should be picking on in economic times like these. BOO HOO Lawrence residents, you live in a college town! It was a college town before you moved here/you were born and will be after you die. Get over it. That's what happens. Some of us "non-permanent" residents fall in love with this town and decide they want to stay and make it our home. If we don't get hitched and pop out some kids, I guess we're going to be consigned to big apartment complexes out in West and South Lawrence. I thought Lawrence was supposed to be "progressive" but this is stone aged, come on. If you're not a family, you're not welcome in our neighborhood. Yes, it's hyperbole, but it sure is the vibe I'm feeling from the City.

October 5, 2011 at 12:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback says state is returning to feds $31.5 million health care reform grant

HEY BROWNBACK! I NEED health insurance! I work for a local business. Forty hours a week, full time! I can't get private insurance, it's too expensive. Does the GOP think I'm trying to mooch off the government by asking for some sort of government health care option that I'd gladly pay for?! There are so many of us out there who can't afford private insurance and it's not provided for us by our employers. I'd go get a job where that was the case, but employers are cutting costs by hiring more part time and less full time employees to avoid paying benefits. You can work hard and still be uninsured. I feel like the GOP villainizes those who ask for a government health care option on the basis that we're all looking for handouts.

August 9, 2011 at 5:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback effort seeks to boost marriage rates

What?! This is completely bonkers! So the GOP wants small government, they want to keep government out of the health care system, but this is okay! Seriously! Does anyone else find this appalling?!

July 5, 2011 at 10:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas to keep working on rules for abortion clinics

How in the heck would anyone believe these regulations are being put in place for patient protection when Brownback is so openly anti-choice. It just seems ridiculous to ask the public to believe he actually cares about the women who are in the difficult position of even having to consider abortion. He doesn't!

July 4, 2011 at 1:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shots fired into a crowd and a 100 MPH car chase

I know this was just basic reporting and it's an odd thing to notice, considering the subject matter, but this was horribly written. It reads like a high school freshman wrote it.

June 5, 2011 at 2:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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