Town Talk

Look for new homebuilding to begin near 23rd and O'Connell in eastern Lawrence; update on longtime W. Sixth St. retailer

Chad Lawhorn

Keep an eye on the intersection of 23rd and O’Connell in eastern Lawrence. There are signs that a new neighborhood may sprout in the area, which will create renewed hope that a grocery store or other retail development may come to the intersection, too. There has been a flurry of ...

Holiday shopping numbers show Lawrence did better than most but still lagging expectations; heading off an American Eagle Outfitters rumor

Chad Lawhorn

This is the time of year where you are thinking about Valentine’s Day shopping. (Don’t mind that sudden noise. It is just the sound of 20,000 male cellphones trying to call a flower shop all at once.) But at Lawrence City Hall, they’re still thinking about the Christmas shopping season. ...

Newest plans filed for Alvamar redevelopment seek zoning for office uses, add underground parking; look at latest renderings for clubhouse, apartments, cabanas at Alvamar

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a reason I write my golf score in pencil, and apparently it also is a good idea to have some flexibility when redesigning west Lawrence’s Alvamar Golf & Country Club. A local development group has filed plans tweaking its previous redevelopment proposal for the club. The major item in ...

Lawrence ranked one of the best cities in America for single people

Chad Lawhorn

After the unfortunate incident involving the seven-layer bean dip at last night’s Super Bowl party, some of us may find ourselves at least temporarily single. The good news is my attorney says bean dip kills all traces of DNA, and a new study says Lawrence is one of the best ...

New coffee business opens in East Lawrence; south Iowa Street retailer files for bankruptcy

Chad Lawhorn

The folks that have brought you the popular downtown business The Bourgeois Pig have a new venture, but, no, it doesn’t involve another coffee shop, or a Marxist farm animal. The husband and wife duo, though, have started a new coffee roasting business in East Lawrence. Although some of you ...

The ins and outs of a proposed increase in parking fines for downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

When you cover city government for more than 20 years, you pick up some odd pet peeves along the way. One of mine is when people start talking about how the city’s downtown parking system doesn’t generate enough revenue to even pay for the cost of enforcing the parking system. ...

Signs that Wal-Mart may get into the gas station, convenience store business in Lawrence; the great beer discrepancy at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

I could say that the price of gasoline in Lawrence sparks a little bit of discussion, but that would be like me saying someone in my household likes butter. (We bring our own to communion.) No, gasoline prices in Lawrence get a lot of discussion, and mainly about how they ...

Center for startup companies, artists undergoing expansion; Johnson County group seeks to build rent-controlled housing project in eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A lawn mower, boxes of old records and spare parts for a chocolate fountain are stopping me from becoming a tech mogul. You understand that all the great tech companies were started in a garage somewhere, and I just don’t have the room to do it. Well, I may have ...

Lawrence home sales have bounce-back year in 2015; local job growth highest of any metro in Kansas; unemployment ends year at 3 percent

Chad Lawhorn

We’re still in that beginning-of-a-new-year period, which means there are certain things that have to be done: Break a resolution, break a treadmill, break an elastic waistband. And if you are a reporter, add one more to the list: Report on recently released year-end numbers. I have two quick ones ...

KU and the problem of the fraternity secrets it keeps

Chad Lawhorn

Keeping fraternity secrets can be quite a burden, I’m told. I wonder if Kansas University leaders are feeling that burden these days, because KU currently is in the fraternity secret business. [As we’ve previously reported][1], two KU fraternities — Delta Tau Delta and Phi Beta Sigma — have been placed ...

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