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The latest proposal for a multistory Vermont St. building and plans for luxury condos; NAACP urges minority representation in vacant city seat; Kasold lane-reduction discussion delayed

Chad Lawhorn

It wasn’t that long ago that luxury living in downtown Lawrence meant being lucky enough to get one of the patio seats at Free State Brewery, or maybe getting a Mass. Street parking meter with a good half hour still left on it. But now there are actual luxury living ...

City to consider reducing number of lanes on portion of Kasold Drive; new info on pending appointment of commissioner; report estimates Rock Chalk tourneys add $4.4 million to economy

Chad Lawhorn

I know there have been times when I’ve been a passenger in my family’s Ford Taurus — like when we go around the curve at 31st and Kasold — that I’ve thought about becoming a full-time pedestrian. But then the G-forces subside, and I again become a bit uncertain about ...

City commissioner says some travel expenses by former Mayor Jeremy Farmer have drawn questions; city expected to release details today; Soden talks about pending appointment

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve gotten word this morning that Lawrence City Hall will be releasing some information about some travel expenses from former Mayor Jeremy Farmer. Commissioner Leslie Soden, who is serving as acting mayor for the city following Farmer’s resignation yesterday, told me she is directing City Hall to release information about ...

East Lawrence coffee shop seeks to add liquor, bistro concept; city tries to restart stalled project to address North Lawrence flooding

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know how many glasses of chardonnay it will take to make The Kaw look like The Seine, but we may soon find out. An East Lawrence coffee shop has filed plans to convert itself into a French-style bistro, complete with alcohol. Decade, the coffee shop at 920 Delaware ...

Neighbors concerned about stalled construction near Peterson and Monterey; city, KU transit system named tops in state; a bus hub question for Centennial Park

Chad Lawhorn

Neighbors are wondering why the weeds are so tall. This is the point that I usually stammer, panic and blurt out something about the flux capacitor being broken on my lawn mower. But for once, we’re not talking about my yard. Several Lawrence residents instead are concerned about why construction ...

Payless Furniture owner who said 'Goodbye Obamaville' back selling furniture in Lawrence; City Hall spends $2,500 on friendship garden

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you remember the [flamboyant goodbye to Lawrence that came from the owner of Payless Furniture.][1] If you don’t, I can give you the family-friendly version of that event: Payless owner Robert Fyfe in May parked his furniture delivery truck along the store’s busy Iowa Street frontage and plastered it ...

Downtown retailer of 20 years closing Lawrence store; rumors of a new chicken chain on West Sixth Street; a Facebook flap at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you don’t know it, Lawrence, but for the last 20 years you’ve been influencing how people across the country take baths. Yeah, now that I say that, it does sound creepy. But don’t worry, it is all fine, and it is also almost all over. Bloom, the bath and ...

Facts and figures to help you figure out whether to gripe or not to gripe about Lawrence's property tax rates

Chad Lawhorn

Complaining about local taxes is easy. Figuring out whether we have a good gripe is hard because it requires lots of numbers, an abacus and stretching exercises. (I can’t count on my toes without the exercises anymore.) But as local governments get ready to approve their new tax rates, I’m ...

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 ...

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