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Home sales, building permit totals down for first half of year

Chad Lawhorn

Add Lawrence real estate agents to the list of folks who are hoping for a slightly better second half of the year. The latest numbers for Lawrence home sales are out, and they provide further evidence that the city's two-year streak of improving real estate sales is coming to an ...

900-unit apartment complex wins key vote; the path forward for SLT shopping center; Hurst Fine Diamonds to close, move

Chad Lawhorn

Well, now it is going to be particularly awkward when I ricochet a golf ball off one of the 900 new apartments that will be built as part of The Links development in northwest Lawrence. The project, which is a bit east of the Rock Chalk Park Sports complex, has ...

New tax increase proposals for police HQ; $30K funding request for downtown mural; 900-unit apartment complex up for review; Family Dollar to close

Chad Lawhorn

It is not quite like a wonderful Western Sizzlin' buffet where you can get spaghetti and meatballs, mashed potatoes, whipped pudding, mashed potatoes, tacos and mashed potatoes all on the same plate. But City Hall officials have created a buffet of sorts of possible tax increases to pay for a ...

Homeless shelter's dog biscuit business closes after loss of funding; report cuts costs of police HQ building by $5M; city loses grant money for trail project

Chad Lawhorn

There is bad news for the good dog. Lawrence-based Good Dog! Biscuits & Treats — the nonprofit company that employs residents of the Lawrence Community Shelter — has closed after losing key grant funding. The maker of all-natural dog biscuits and other treats notified its retail partners earlier this month ...

Summer movies outdoors returning to downtown; Ben McLemore to host slam dunk contest downtown; New Thai restaurant coming to Mass. Street

Chad Lawhorn

If you are like a certain someone in my household, you may still be downtown on July 26 packing up all your purchases from today's Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. Well, good news. You'll be able to take a break from coordinating all those U-Haul trucks and cargo planes and spend ...

City's planning staff recommends approval of major SLT retail development

Chad Lawhorn

If you are a fan of Old Navy, feel free to blow your fog horn and do your best Popeye impersonation. A development that is proposing to bring Old Navy, Academy Sports, Designer Shoe Warehouse and a host of other retailers to south Iowa Street has cleared its first hurdle ...

Rock Chalk Park recreation center lands major basketball tourney; update on downtown ice rink

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe at this time next year, you'll see Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari at West Lawrence's Six Mile Chophouse, or Michigan State's Tom Izzo at downtown's Pachamama's, or Missouri coach Kim Anderson at North Lawrence's circus school. Indeed, it looks like the city's recreation center/fieldhouse at Rock Chalk Park is ...

Latest report shows Lawrence consumers keep the party going

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence consumers are continuing to do their best impersonation of the Energizer bunny. They keep going and going and going. The latest numbers show that retail sales in Lawrence increased for the seventh straight month. The new report measures retail spending for the mid-April to mid-May time period. And as ...

Used bicycle shop opens in East Lawrence; Kwik Shop nixes plan for 19th and Mass. expansion; Baldwin City Walmart update

Chad Lawhorn

I've always said that if I could find Lance Armstrong's old bicycle, I would enter the Tour de France, because the bike clearly was the secret to his success. Well, I may be in luck. Lawrence has a new business that specializes in used bicycles. (And just in time for ...

Kansas City-area psychiatric practice expands to Lawrence; local drug development firm has success in cancer trials

Chad Lawhorn

It was touch and go there for awhile, but my wife's dream of opening a psychic detective office in Lawrence is still alive (At least, I assume that's her dream. She loves the USA Network program "Psych," and she spends an inordinate amount of time rubbing her temples — especially ...

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