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Lawrence City Commission votes to increase property taxes, fund police headquarters

Maybe, maybe not. My landlord owns thousands of rental units in town, so they don't know me from Adam and definitely don't like me. I understand your point, and it's probably accurate, but the rental market is a little more complex than that. The market can only bear so much, this isn't NYC and my little 2 bedroom hovel isn't worth any more than I'm currently paying for it.

August 2, 2017 at 12:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission votes to increase property taxes, fund police headquarters

As a renter, I'm not affected by the mill levy increase. If I did own a home, I wouldn't be too enthused about our commission pushing through a budget that includes a facility that was recently voted against by the community. I AM, however, affected by the utility increase and I'm not too enthused about that either. My water bill is already too high for the amount of water I consume. I get a bill every month that's $50-$60 and usually includes about $7 of water usage. In my apartment complex, 3 buildings of 8 units each share ONE single-family recycling bin and we all pay the same amount for trash pick up as a single family home. 24 units with 3 dumpsters in a cluster is not the same as an entire city block of single family homes.

I also remember seeing an insert in my water bill about a "livability survey" or similar in the last year or so. As I recall, Lawrence scored quite low in a category that basically equated to "caring about low income families." Raising the city bill by $5 a month is a continuation of this trend that disproportionately affects those of lower income.

August 2, 2017 at 12:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider banning couches on porches

Some friends of mine used to have a couch on their porch. I would stop by at my liesure and nap on it. I loved it. Then someone's ill-placed and forgotten cigarette butt caught the couch ablaze and burned down the entire house. Now that house has been replaced with the ugliest house in town (sorry if it's yours.) Porch couches breed ugly houses. Ban porch couches.

August 22, 2013 at 3:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prepare to relax, savor at the most intimate restaurant in Lawrence

Mel is an amazing Chef, and as hospitable as they come. We ate at Cafe Beatiful about 6 months ago and can't wait to go back! This is a must try for all foodies.

August 22, 2013 at 12:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Junction City properties owned in part by Rock Chalk Park developer going to auction for unpaid taxes and fees

So will Fort Development be allowed to bid on the land at auction? Seems like the kind of deal where they find themselves in this huge mess, refuse to do anything about it, and then buy their own land back for pennies on the dollar (owed) and try again. Something of a settlement.

August 1, 2013 at 5:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas on cutting edge of knife rights

I have to laugh at all these "gang" comments. Gangs in the 1950's carried switchblades. You know, like A West Side Story, Grease, etc. I just picture a bunch of modern "gangsters" meeting at Club Magic, snapping their fingers in unison. Then someone gets shot and the whole switchblade argument seemed a little silly.

July 29, 2013 at 1:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chalmers returns to Lawrence to give back

I had the pleasure of having Mario as a guest at my house a few times during his time at KU. I'm sure he wouldn't remember me, but I remember him as a very grounded, friendly guy. Glad to see him doing so much to give back.

July 27, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Only one developer submits proposal for resort at Clinton Lake State Park

Aren't we dead last in the nation for public use lands? We need more parks, not huge private resorts.

To the person who soon plans to "dangle [their] toes" in the Taneycomo, I doubt you dangle them too long! The water comes off the bottom of Tablerock and even in the dead heat of the hottest summer, it's numbingly cold! Beautiful area though, enjoy your trip.

July 27, 2013 at 1:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The java experiment: Downtown resident opens Alchemy Coffee at 19th and Massachusetts

Ever forward, Ben. Keep up the good work!

May 16, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What street in Lawrence do you think needs the most road work?

The 1000 block of NJ is pretty ridiculous, SE of NY elementary it's like driving on the rumble strip on the side of the highway!

March 30, 2013 at 10:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )