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Food trucks banding together to create new hub/restaurant along 23rd Street

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is getting creative with food and trucks, and I’m not just talking about my method for eating biscuits and gravy while still safely making the Kasold Curve. No, four area food trucks have joined forces to lease space along 23rd Street for a unique food truck hub. The operators ...

Plans call for pair of buildings to be demolished near Ninth and Iowa to make way for high-tech car wash; Zarco owner launches tech product for convenience store industry

Chad Lawhorn

They say the best way to make it rain is to wash your car. Given that we already have had a lot of rain, I’m a bit worried about what will happen when a Lawrence businessman starts construction on what he’s calling one of the more advanced car washes in ...

Pace quickens on Lawrence home sales in first half of 2015; city spending $85,000 for ADA playground upgrades

Chad Lawhorn

If you are looking to buy a home in Lawrence, you had better lace up those running shoes. Home sale statistics for the first half of 2015 show that buyers need to be ready to move to keep up with what is becoming a tight home market. For the first ...

West Lawrence restaurant plans major expansion; details on a Ninth and New Hampshire mishap; Kansas school system gets high ranking

Chad Lawhorn

You bet I’ve got a chop house on my mind, and it is not just because I’ve already spent a good part of my week “helping” my 4-H kids wrangle their hogs at the Douglas County Fair. I’ve got news of a large expansion of a west Lawrence restaurant that ...

Plans filed to build new retirement community near 23rd and O'Connell in eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The corner of 23rd and O’Connell may be the latest to try to lure retirees to Lawrence. Plans have been filed to build a 90-unit, independent senior living community near the intersection. Olathe developer Dave Rhodes has filed a plan to develop about nine acres of vacant ground at 2101 ...

Promoter not sure now on canceling 1,000-foot water slide event in west Lawrence; city gets report on its financial health

Chad Lawhorn

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Maybe there will be bubbles on this 1,000-foot water slide, because the idea of hosting The Urban Slide in a west Lawrence neighborhood quickly is turning into a soap opera. Ryan Robinson, owner of Lawrence-based Silverback Productions, reached out to me today and said he’s now decided ...

1,000-foot waterslide coming to west Lawrence; pair of restaurants win national wine honors; local ADA advocate profiled by Washington Post

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence’s funkiness is spreading. West Lawrence probably won’t be honking for hemp or hosting zombie walks anytime soon, but a plan has been filed for a busy West Lawrence street to temporarily house a 1,000-foot long water slide. I reported last month that a Lawrence-based company was looking for a ...

A potential danger zone for Lawrence's public transit system; restaurant expansion at Sixth and Wakarusa

Chad Lawhorn

In 2008, it seemed the public transit question in Lawrence was settled. Lawrence residents loved the idea of a city-owned bus system. Voters went to the polls in November of that year with a do-or-die question. Voters were asked to approve a two-tenths of a percent sales tax to fund ...

Golf course, apartment developments under construction in northwest Lawrence; city commissioner gets graphic on Topeka sewage issue

Chad Lawhorn

It looks like Lawrence really is going to get another golf course. I’ve been reporting for years that an Arkansas-based company has filed plans to build a new nine-hole course in northwest Lawrence that will be surrounded by apartments. But now there are actual bulldozers and other equipment clearing the ...

City betting on hotel stays, liquor sales as part of proposed 2016 budget; commissioners receive report on more than $1.5 million in overtime costs for fire, police departments

Chad Lawhorn

Sack out in a Lawrence hotel room, have an extra cocktail every now and then, and tell yourself that you’re doing Lawrence City Hall budget-makers a favor in the process. City commissioners are close to passing a 2016 budget that makes a bet that hotel stays and liquor consumption both ...

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