Town Talk

A look at pending pay raises for city police, fire and med employees

Chad Lawhorn

I’m sure city employees always fix a big batch of popcorn, grab their notebooks and sit down in front of the TV on Tuesday nights to watch and admire the weekly Lawrence City Commission meetings. But there may be a few more viewers tonight. This is the meeting where commissioners ...

A look at a new vision for Lawrence and Douglas County and the questions it may create

Chad Lawhorn

I once had a vision, and then I got married and soon discovered that talking my lovely bride into living on my 1960s cabin cruiser on Melvern Lake perhaps was going to require more persuasion than I once thought. What I’m saying is: Some visions are better than others. Perhaps ...

Pizza chain to open new restaurant on 23rd Street; trying to divine the future of The Gap in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Big news on the date night front in the Lawhorn household: No longer when I take my beautiful bride out for a fancy dinner at Domino’s will I have to put the candelabrum on the dash. Plans have been filed for Domino’s to open a new sit-down restaurant along 23rd ...

Plans filed to expand Rock Chalk Park offerings; city seeks butterfly grant

Chad Lawhorn

UPDATES: I have several updates on the project to share now that I’ve heard back from both the architect and a spokesman from KU Athletics. Here’s a look: Jim Marchiony, an associate athletic director for KU, said the new facility will greatly improve the ability of the KU women’s tennis ...

New chicken chain coming to south Iowa Street; rumor of new Mexican restaurant chain looking at 23rd Street; gentrification, East Lawrence and a pending conversation at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Chicken is on my mind. Buffalo wing sauce is on my tie. Crumbs of crispy, deep-fried breading may or may not be on the stubble of my beard. And all of this is before city leaders wisely rename south Iowa Street Deep Fried Drive to honor the chicken wars that ...

Dog treat business eyes East Lawrence for headquarters; roundabout talk at City Hall; city manager search update

Chad Lawhorn

Dogs around the country may end up getting a taste of East Lawrence, which may cause you to wonder whether canines soon will start creating funky art, hosting wild kickball games and forming their own powerful neighborhood association. But that’s not what I”m talking about. Instead, I have news of ...

Streets, infrastructure polling higher than police headquarters in new city survey results

Chad Lawhorn

A multimillion-dollar police headquarters project may be the big issue on the minds of City Hall leaders, but city residents still are far more fixated on a slightly smaller issue: fixing that pothole. A recent city survey found fixing the streets is still the top-of-mind issue for Lawrence residents, outpacing ...

Lawrence home sales surge in May; new report shows local rental rates on dramatic rise; local incomes still lagging

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it is time to sell the house, and I’m not just saying that because I perhaps didn’t keep up on the dish washing quite as well as I had planned while my wife was away this week. No, the real reason is because new Lawrence home sale numbers are ...

New sushi along 23rd Street, new Chinese along Iowa Street; rumors of KC restaurant chain coming to town; figures show positive Kansas income growth

Chad Lawhorn

There are new adventures to be had in Lawrence with chopsticks, and this time I’m almost sure it won’t require a trip to the ear, nose and throat doctor. In other words, there’s news about some new Japanese and Chinese restaurants in the city. Yeah Sushi has opened in the ...

Schumm files plans for new multistory commercial/condo building on Vermont Street; Sprouts set to open; update on Bauer Farm development

Chad Lawhorn

I thought my garden was doing well, but it is no match for the one that sits in the 800 block of Vermont Street. That longtime downtown vegetable garden soon may have a $6 million, four-story office and residential building coming out of the ground. Former Lawrence City Commissioner Bob ...

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