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Lawrence residents on track to be hit with largest property tax increase in recent memory

Chad Lawhorn

I’m beginning to become confused about prosperity. It seems like Lawrence is experiencing quite a bit of it. Yet, Lawrence residents soon may get a statement that causes them to wonder if it is true. Lawrence residents are on track to see their largest property tax increase in recent memory. ...

Plans filed for used-car dealerships on Sixth Street, Haskell Avenue; Lawrence home prices continue to soar

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is experiencing a used-car boom. In my house, a used-car boom usually just means my muffler has fallen off again. In Missouri, it means the car actually has fallen off its cement blocks. But in Lawrence it means there is a genuine increase in businesses getting into the used-car ...

Family owned hamburger, sandwich shop opening near Sixth and Wakarusa

Chad Lawhorn

I know what you are thinking: A half pound of meat should never create a dilemma. Sure, your doctor, your colon and your aorta may sometimes disagree. But what do they know? Two out of the three don’t even a have a degree. But half-pound hamburger patties were creating a ...

Lawrence chamber raises more than $1 million in private funds; demolition of houses near LMH up for approval tonight

Chad Lawhorn

For once, the excuse “I gave at the office” may actually be true. Businesses all over the community got hit up for donations as part of a capital campaign to support economic development efforts in Douglas County. The five-year capital campaign by the Lawrence chamber of commerce and its associated ...

Mass Street to close for some upcoming concerts; free movie in downtown coming up; local restaurant lands in NY Times

Chad Lawhorn

In most cities the orange construction cones and “road closed” barricades mean crews are pouring some concrete or laying some asphalt. In Lawrence, it may be a hard substance of another kind: rock 'n' roll. Get ready for a major street closure in downtown Lawrence this weekend as part of ...

Coffeehouse and pub with downtown vibe to open at 23rd and Iowa

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe we’ll start honking for hemp at 23rd and Iowa. Or maybe we will figure out how to get a parking ticket at 31st and Iowa. Or perhaps we’ll have a zombie walk in front of the south Lawrence Walmart. None of that is likely to happen, (my credit card ...

New Lawrence laboratory expected to bring millions in additional research dollars from the Department of Defense

Chad Lawhorn

KU is working to build a multimillion dollar, high-security clearance laboratory that it hopes will become one of a handful across the country that develops new technology for the U.S. military and others. According to a KU document and local economic development officials, renovation work is set to begin on ...

A look at a unique eastside housing development and why the city may spend nearly $60K to save a tree in it

Chad Lawhorn

*UPDATE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported the City Commission took action on the purchase of the lot at its Tuesday meeting. The item was on the agenda for consideration but final action was deferred pending more research.* A new Lawrence housing development is going to have a ...

City auditor wonders why City Hall didn't act more quickly on reported billing, accounting concerns

Chad Lawhorn

Did you hear about the time that ... The city of Lawrence once got a $1,000 check in the mail and didn’t know why? It sent the check back to the company. The company then turned around and sent the check back to the city again, this time with a ...

Silicon Valley tech firm reaches deal to bring jobs, 'center of excellence' to KU campus; local companies win top biotech awards

Chad Lawhorn

An emerging Silicon Valley tech company plans to hire about 20 engineers for its new operations center on KU’s West Campus. Rubrik, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company that specializes in managing data for cloud computing users, has plans to open The Rubrik Center for Excellence in the technology incubator building ...

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