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Developer raising red flag about slow pace of East Ninth Street corridor project; plans for new East Lawrence microbrewery moving ahead

Chad Lawhorn

East Ninth Street has seen some odd things before, but surely on the list of the top five would be when there was a social club that combined beer drinking and gymnastics. As I’ve reported before, that is the history behind the old 1869 stone building at Ninth and Rhode ...

Lawrence makes return as one of the top growing cities in the state, new figures show; Topeka, not so much so

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know if we need to buy a new SUV and start talking about soccer a whole lot more, but Lawrence is part of the Johnson County crowd in one way these days. Lawrence is once again seeing population growth that rivals the ever-growing Johnson County communities. New population ...

Former city commissioner seeking large tax rebate for proposed downtown project

Chad Lawhorn

A familiar face at Lawrence City Hall may end up being the test case for new thinking about tax breaks for downtown residential projects. Former City Commissioner Bob Schumm has confirmed to me that he’s filed a request for tax breaks for a multi-story office/condo project he hopes to build ...

Cupcake and ice cream chain to open in west Lawrence; local economic development leader resigns

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve been wondering what that odd feeling is every time I drive by the small retail center near the northeast corner of Sixth and Wakarusa. Now, I know. It is my cholesterol count preparing for what’s to come. How’s this for a line up: Burgers and barbecue at Biggs, then ...

One 23rd Street restaurant closes, another opens, with elaborate dishes including something called an Avocado Bomb

Chad Lawhorn

I’m no expert, but I do know that balance is important in the cultures of the Far East. That is why if I have a pound of rice on the right side of my plate, I always strive to have a pound of noodles on the left side. I don’t ...

New Italian/Mexican restaurant coming to Lawrence; opening date set for Popeyes fried chicken

Chad Lawhorn

Think of the possibilities: tacos with breadsticks and marinara; chicken parmesan with chips and salsa. I know it sounds like an impossible dream, a world where you can have your cake and eat it too (maybe with queso dip,) but I assure you it is not. Instead, it is Lawrence's ...

Topeka-based bank opening branch in downtown Lawrence; city's rental inspection program operating at a deficit, but finding lots of violations

Chad Lawhorn

I know I’ve tagged along on a few downtown shopping trips where it would be useful to have a bank on every block. Well, we’re getting a bit closer to that in downtown Lawrence. A Topeka-based bank is opening its first Lawrence branch, and it has chosen a Massachusetts Street ...

Lawrence industrial plant files plans for expansion; Lawrence No. 2 in the country for new college graduates, despite economy questions

Chad Lawhorn

There is a theory that cardboard boxes are a bellwether of the economy. Indeed, there was that time we had lots of boxes on Christmas morning, and then I briefly ended up living in a box after the credit card statement arrived. But today I have news of a more ...

Another Lawrence hotel undergoes major renovation; technical training center completes expansion

Chad Lawhorn

It is a big weekend for Lawrence hotels, and it sure looks like it is going to be a big year of change for the hotel industry. Yet another Lawrence hotel is undergoing a complete facelift and renovation. The big weekend, of course, is KU’s graduation ceremony on Sunday. My ...

Downtown restaurant owners to open bistro in East Lawrence; city named one of best small college towns in America

Chad Lawhorn

Even though plans for my Magnum P.I. mustache got vetoed, I’m still working to solve the mystery of a new bistro that is now under construction in East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District. Here are two new clues: The project involves a 33-foot long food truck and the owners of downtown ...

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