Town Talk

Douglas County visitor spending grows to $244 million; a look at how Lawrence compares to state's top tourism spots

Chad Lawhorn

With the polar vortex arriving, the top tourist attraction in Douglas County may be watching me jump-start my electric long johns. But most times of the year there is far more than that on the local tourism front, and a new report shows the industry has been growing. The Lawrence ...

A law that would make the city's incentive process more transparent; trying to figure out the City Commission's new take on incentives

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve never been exactly sure what “deck the halls” means, which became abundantly clear with that unfortunate incident in study hall. So, I think I’ll just stick with passing along some notes from City Hall. • City commissioners on Tuesday approved the city's legislative priorities statement for the upcoming year. ...

Mediterranean grill coming to 23rd Street; west Lawrence deli closes

Chad Lawhorn

Marwan Chebaro thinks the future of gas stations is food, and he’s set to test it out in Lawrence. ( I once thought that too, but then changed course after realizing a Slim Jim diet really wasn’t the weight loss plan its name suggests.) Don’t worry, though, Chebaro has a ...

Report shows Lawrence sets new record for apartment construction; more than 1,000 apartment units set to open in city

Chad Lawhorn

The boom you heard in September was Lawrence exploding with new apartments. We have been reporting all year about new apartment construction in Lawrence, but a new report from City Hall delivers a nice, easy to understand number: For the first time in its history, Lawrence has built more than ...

KU Hospital working to open facility in west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There are a variety of reasons we ought to care about a new orthopedic clinic that is opening in west Lawrence: klutziness on a ladder, ill-advised attempts to actually jump while grabbing a rebound in pick-up basketball, and a disturbing trend of hurting ourselves while rising from an afternoon nap. ...

Local businessman has plans for gun range near Douglas County Jail

Chad Lawhorn

Fried chicken and guns may have something in common in Lawrence. You remember, I’m sure, the recent proliferation of fried chicken restaurants in town. Such a proliferation with gun shops may be coming. Well, it may be a bit early to go that far, but I do have news of ...

A look at what a downtown grocery store would look like and details of a new lawsuit aiming to stop it

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence residents can now get a glimpse of what a downtown grocery store may look like, but it also is becoming clearer what the legal fight to stop the project may look like too. As we have reported several times, a local development group has strong interest in converting the ...

Downtown convenience store set to close; where Kansas ranks on list of states most likely to lose college graduates

Chad Lawhorn

There soon will be one less convenience in downtown Lawrence. No, you can still get a cup of coffee every 12 feet, and if you like a beverage that is colder with more suds, that’s available about every six feet. But if you are just looking for a bag of ...

Discussion of more signs for Kasold-SLT intersection on tap; thoughts of a Crossgate Drive interchange for the SLT

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps there is a yin and yang involved with the South Lawrence Trafficway. As arguments die down with the opening of the long-debated eastern leg of the trafficway, new ones rise on the western leg of the trafficway. Lawrence’s world is not in balance if we don’t argue about a ...

Longtime family-owned clothing store signs deal to locate in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

It may be the oldest new store to ever locate in downtown Lawrence. A clothing store that has been owned by the same family for the last 119 years has signed a deal to locate along Massachusetts Street. Glik’s — a store that bills itself with the tagline of “hot ...

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