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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 ...

City sets record with $227 million of construction in 2015; apartment construction continues to lead the way in city growth

Chad Lawhorn

The new number to shoot for in the Lawrence construction industry is $227 million. No, contractors, the Lawhorn household has not decided to start construction on the much-discussed third wing of the shoe closet. Instead, $227 million is the record-breaking amount of new construction that took place in Lawrence in ...

Kansas ranks low on new list of best places to retire; report predicts job gains for Lawrence in 2016

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps it is our lack of oceans, our dearth of mountains, or — as I’ve been saying is the root of many of the state’s problems — a shortage of Furr’s Cafeterias. Whatever the case, Kansas doesn’t rank very high on the latest list of best places to retire. Kansas ...

Plans filed for new office development in Warehouse Arts District; developer hopes to add row house project to area in 2016; update on East Lawrence bistro

Chad Lawhorn

It seems demand is increasing for a funky vibe at the office, but, no, that smell that’s coming from the break room fridge doesn’t qualify. Instead, I’m talking about office space in an arts-oriented district. The developer of East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District has filed plans to add more offices ...

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