wayne32 (Wayne Kerr)

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City getting vigilant about illegally parked bikes; more bike corrals on the way

I totally agree Calvin. Why is the city making parking a bicycle downtown less convenient? People should be able to lock their bikes to a steel parking meter/light post. I've had my bicycle stolen downtown while I was inside a restaurant with my wife last year. Bike theft is a huge problem in Lawrence. If people have to park their bicycles in the middle of the block where they can't keep an eye on it there is going to be more bicycle theft. The light poles and parking meters should remain available for locking up bicycles because it's convenient and it allows us to keep on eye on our bikes, hopefully reducing the chance of theft. Come on Lawrence, this is a dumb law.

June 22, 2017 at 3:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission would have to eliminate millions worth of projects to keep tax rate flat

I think I'm just going to have to change my last name to Fritzel or Compton so I can be exempt from paying any new property taxes for the next twenty years. Heck, with a name change I might even be able to apply for my own "special" tax district so Lawrence residents pay their sales tax directly to my personal bank account.

June 14, 2017 at 12:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Whitewater group explains how $70 million Clinton Lake project would be funded; it involves help from the public and a new shopping center

What a great idea. I always wanted to my own private sales tax district and for a little money I can finally own shares in one. Instead of helping to pay for our schools, roads, police, fire department, and other city services I can stuff my pockets with sale tax money like I'm a big time Lawrence developer.

But seriously, how many times are we going to be sold the same scam? Why doesn't someone tell these guys we're broke? Don't they know that we've already spent all our money on a new recreation center and we'll be lucky to have the money to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of it.

February 14, 2017 at 12:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to discuss parking problems as part of new plan

Brett, are you serious? What parking problem? How about the "longstanding parking issues" mentioned in this article? If there isn't a parking problem, why is the city commission and their consultants doing a new study and developing a strategic plan to fix the problem? It would seems to me they're wasting a lot of time and money if what you're saying is true. Believe it or not, we're not making this up. Just because you don't understand the problem and continue to repeat the same misinformed rhetoric isn't going to solve anything. I'm glad you don't think there is a parking problem, but there are a lot of people who disagree with you. Maybe you'd change your tune if someone built a seven story apartment building next to your house or your business with no additional parking to support it.

February 13, 2017 at 6:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to discuss parking problems as part of new plan

Tony, the city did indeed do a study of downtown parking a decade ago and decided to build the parking garage at 9th and New Hampshire to fix the problem. The new garage was not only supposed to fix the parking problem downtown, it was also supposed to work as an incentive to developers to build new retail on New Hampshire street to make it similar to what we see on Mass. street. This new retail would have only needed short term parking for people to go shopping or grab quick a bite to eat downtown. But instead of the desired retail the parking garage was intended to bring, the city allowed huge apartment buildings to be built instead. These new apartments needed long term parking and they effectively took over the new garage. As long as the city continues to allow new apartments to be built downtown without new and adequate long term parking, we will continue to see this problem grow. If a developer wants to build a seven story apartment building downtown the city needs to require that they build a three story parking garage to meet the long term parking needs of their tenants.

February 13, 2017 at 10:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New plan in the works for downtown condo project that was denied incentives

Brett, the only thing we can be sure of is that in a hundred years we'll all be dead. Schumm owns valuable land downtown. It'll still be valuable no matter what he decides to do with it. If it isn't economically feasible for him to build beyond his own means so be it. Now, instead of the city giving him a tax handouts to help him to develop this property he's going to scale back on his plans because he's not going to be spending our money. Think of it like me needing to buy a car to get to work. I decide I'll buy a Ferrari if the city will give me $200,000 in tax breaks to do it. When the city rejects my proposal I still want a car and I decide to buy a Ford truck instead. What's wrong with that?

January 24, 2017 at 9:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

HERE apartment complex near KU lands first two commercial tenants; more on the way

Brett, you're like a broken 80's Duran Duran record repeating the same weak comments over and over again. I hope the developers you're cheerleading for are paying you or at least allowing you to use their pool when they're away on vacation. The only thing antiquated about the parking requirements downtown are that there are none. Developers are building huge apartment buildings with no additional parking for all those new tenants who need long term parking. Brett, I'm sure you practice what you preach and only walk or ride a bike, right? So, maybe you'd like to give out your address so all the people who live in or near these new apartments downtown and now have fewer and fewer places to park their cars can park in your driveway or in front of your house? Come on Brett, how about it?

January 24, 2017 at 9:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Update on the future of East Lawrence's debated Quonset hut; longtime Lawrence chef joins local brewery project; more plans for affordable housing

Adam Williams, that's a great idea to buy the old Quonset building for possible expansion of the brewery. And taking on Ken Baker to help run the kitchen is another brilliant move. I can't wait to see what's on the menu. I think a project like this could really bring tourists and others from surrounding cities to our town. I know I'll be taking friends and out of town guests to check it. I'm real excited to see this place open.

January 18, 2017 at 3:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plans emerge for nearly $15 million hotel project next to Rock Chalk Park

Well Mike, we can count the 23 million we tax payers put into developing this farm land in the middle of nowhere as the greatest of incentives bestowed on a private developer. Plus, I think the whole property has private tax district that gives a % of the tax collected directly to Fritzel. I'm glad to see Fritzel's gift is finally paying off handsomely for him and we as a community have an extra place to play pickup basketball when the real owners aren't using it.

January 16, 2017 at 4:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

One of Lawrence's longtime Mexican restaurants to close at the end of the month

La Familia is a family favorite. I'm going to miss the chicken empanada and their sweet salsa. I can't understand why a landlord wouldn't want to renew a lease with a stable tenant like this restaurant. I hope this doesn't mean they're selling out to some deep pocketed apartment developer.

December 15, 2016 at 4:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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