Town Talk

Handmade stationery and gift shop opens downtown; city considering offer for portion of Lawrence Venture Park; builder asks city to waive development fees

Chad Lawhorn

It is not often you find a new company that builds its business around an early 1900s piece of equipment, but that is indeed what’s going on with a new venture in downtown Lawrence. Could it finally be that my dream of a steam-powered downtown party bus has become a ...

Proposed apartment building near KU seeks another parking exemption from City Hall; WOW in negotiations to keep Discovery Channel; city to host food/toy drive Monday

Chad Lawhorn

I saw you this morning, with your blinker on and a railroad tie attached to your front bumper, as you tried to find a parking space on this Black Friday. So perhaps today isn’t the best day to report on a new plan to reduce the amount of parking for ...

Proposed 120-foot cell tower may spark debate; city finding more bedbugs at apartment complex; date set for Ninth Street corridor meeting

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to the 1990s and wireless communications, I remember two things: Cell phones the size of a small poodle, and many complaints from area residents about cell phone towers. (A poodle owner in my neighborhood also had many complaints, even though I told him I was just momentarily ...

Retiree housing proposed for 23rd and O'Connell; Lawrence ranked No. 2 in nation for local holiday shopping

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s another reason to keep an eye on the intersection of 23rd and O’Connell: A Johnson County development group wants to build a new retirement housing community near the intersection. The Olathe-based firm Wheatland Investments wants to build 90 units of senior housing on about nine acres of property at ...

Chick-fil-A files plans to build restaurant on South Iowa Street; city sets details for ice rink grand opening

Chad Lawhorn

With apologies to the pilgrims, forget about turkey for a moment. Think chicken, a pile of mayonnaise the size of the Mayflower, and a few pickles just for the heck of it. Yes, renew the cholesterol medicine, do the Chicken Dance, do whatever you need to do to prepare, but ...

Another hamburger restaurant to locate in downtown Lawrence; crews repairing cracks at 23rd and Iowa; Kief's holding auction

Chad Lawhorn

You know the saying: Where there is smoke, there is a fancy hamburger (or sometimes a science fair project that I’ve “helped” my kids with). In downtown Lawrence, it almost always is a fancy hamburger. It looks like we’ll soon have a new place to grab some exotic burgers, gyros, ...

Developers seek new zoning to lure retailers next to Rock Chalk Park; new Douglas County income numbers and the pocket of poverty

Chad Lawhorn

There are all types of competition going on at Rock Chalk Park and the city’s new recreation center: Volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, pizza eating at the concession stand, senior citizen drag racing on the walking track and . . . well, perhaps I shouldn’t continue. But there’s also a competition ...

Lawrence library visitors up 55 percent; city agrees to final library construction bill; solar panels installed at Prairie Park

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps we all should have just read a book instead of watching Tuesday night’s KU-Kentucky game. Book club selections for last night’s game include: Stephen Covey’s Eight Habits of Highly Effective People. (The little known eighth habit is disabling the Kentucky Wildcats team bus prior to it ever reaching the ...

Chamber CEO talks VenturePark prospects, other projects; questions raised about arts corridor application ahead of commission vote

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is in the running to land a large manufacturer that would employ an estimated 125 people over the next five years, and would occupy about 120 acres of property at the former Farmland Industries site that the city has converted into a business park. I’ve been telling you for ...

City to consider roundabout for portion of Kasold Drive; city wins big grants for trail projects

Chad Lawhorn

We all know what our Tuesday plans are: We paint our faces, get out our big foam fingers, eat what a physician calls a “disturbing” number of cheap tacos and settle in for a big fight. Oh, you think I’m talking about the KU-Kentucky basketball game. We can do that ...

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