Town Talk

Center for startup companies, artists undergoing expansion; Johnson County group seeks to build rent-controlled housing project in eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A lawn mower, boxes of old records and spare parts for a chocolate fountain are stopping me from becoming a tech mogul. You understand that all the great tech companies were started in a garage somewhere, and I just don’t have the room to do it. Well, I may have ...

Lawrence home sales have bounce-back year in 2015; local job growth highest of any metro in Kansas; unemployment ends year at 3 percent

Chad Lawhorn

We’re still in that beginning-of-a-new-year period, which means there are certain things that have to be done: Break a resolution, break a treadmill, break an elastic waistband. And if you are a reporter, add one more to the list: Report on recently released year-end numbers. I have two quick ones ...

KU and the problem of the fraternity secrets it keeps

Chad Lawhorn

Keeping fraternity secrets can be quite a burden, I’m told. I wonder if Kansas University leaders are feeling that burden these days, because KU currently is in the fraternity secret business. [As we’ve previously reported][1], two KU fraternities — Delta Tau Delta and Phi Beta Sigma — have been placed ...

City sets record with $227 million of construction in 2015; apartment construction continues to lead the way in city growth

Chad Lawhorn

The new number to shoot for in the Lawrence construction industry is $227 million. No, contractors, the Lawhorn household has not decided to start construction on the much-discussed third wing of the shoe closet. Instead, $227 million is the record-breaking amount of new construction that took place in Lawrence in ...

Kansas ranks low on new list of best places to retire; report predicts job gains for Lawrence in 2016

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps it is our lack of oceans, our dearth of mountains, or — as I’ve been saying is the root of many of the state’s problems — a shortage of Furr’s Cafeterias. Whatever the case, Kansas doesn’t rank very high on the latest list of best places to retire. Kansas ...

Plans filed for new office development in Warehouse Arts District; developer hopes to add row house project to area in 2016; update on East Lawrence bistro

Chad Lawhorn

It seems demand is increasing for a funky vibe at the office, but, no, that smell that’s coming from the break room fridge doesn’t qualify. Instead, I’m talking about office space in an arts-oriented district. The developer of East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District has filed plans to add more offices ...

Plans filed for Dollar General store in eastern Lawrence; law office has expansion plans; local author has piece featured in New York Times

Chad Lawhorn

Among the many things that I’m famous for at Super Bowl parties — and that my lawyer advises me I can talk about — is bringing extremely off-brand chips that I have bought from one of those dollar discount stores. Well, get a bigger chip bowl, because plans have been ...

Changes on tap for longtime downtown bakery; Lawrence printing company announces new CEO

Chad Lawhorn

After KU’s blowout loss last night, a breadbasket is the only type of basket worth talking about today. Fortunately, I’ve got news about one of Lawrence’s larger bread-makers. The downtown bakery Great Harvest Bread Co. has new owners and also several new offerings. Longtime Baker Bob Garrett — known by ...

City delays final vote to deny shopping center at SLT and Iowa; issue of what city wants developed at intersection still unclear

Chad Lawhorn

I certainly know a thing or two about backtracking. When you live in a house with a 12- and a 9-year-old you get to hear plenty of it. When you “complete” home improvement projects the way I do, you certainly get to practice it too. (I never said the staircase ...

Longtime Lawrence bar and grill The Yacht Club reopens under new ownership

Chad Lawhorn

For many years, parents of KU students were under the impression that their children were getting a fine education in all things nautical. After all, the credit card statement kept showing visits to The Yacht Club. Come to find out, The Yacht Club was a bar and grill. [As we ...

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