Town Talk

Planners looking at trading some downtown parking spots for additional bicycle parking; Alvamar redevelopment recommended for approval by planning commissioners

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it is time to start trading some car parking spots in downtown Lawrence for some bicycle parking spots. Maybe it is time for me to start wearing my cowboy hat and chaps when riding a bike to downtown. There is an idea floating around that could lead to both ...

How controversial killing of Cecil the lion may boost local start-up company; get ready to add Haskell Lane to your city map

Chad Lawhorn

A Douglas County startup company may receive a boost from, of all things, that infamous Zimbabwe hunting trip that killed Cecil the lion. Don’t get me wrong: Dennis Steinman, founder of Lecompton-based Iron Mountain Products, isn’t advocating you go kill a beloved lion. But if you do, you should do ...

More details emerge on application process to fill vacant City Commission seat; new plans filed for redevelopment around Alvamar golf courses

Chad Lawhorn

Your mother was right. You should have spent a little less time being a yahoo and little more time listening to your English teacher talk about the finer points of writing a good essay. Why? Because if you want to fill the vacant seat on the Lawrence City Commission, you’re ...

City Hall prepares to debate proposed shopping center south of SLT and Iowa interchange; library wins national designation

Chad Lawhorn

There are a multitude of reasons why Lawrence City Hall may be interested in a few more coins. Sure, there are the obvious budgetary reasons. But these days just as important is that an extra quarter may come in handy for flipping to break 2-2 ties on a shorthanded City ...

Large new pool hall, bar to open near Ninth and Iowa; national jewelry store chain opening store in south Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a new business opening in Lawrence where I can resume my imitations of Minnesota Fats, and no — put your bibs away — it is not a grand all-you-can eat buffet. Instead, it is a grand pool hall. A pair of Lawrence businessmen are opening Empire Bar & Billiards ...

Signs point to Amyx as next mayor; questions about whether commissioners need city credit cards; neighbors expressing safety concern near New York Elementary

Chad Lawhorn

It sure looks like Mike Amyx is going to once again be Lawrence’s mayor. City commissioners at their meeting tonight are expected to choose a new mayor to replace Jeremy Farmer, who resigned his seat on the commission last week amid financial questions. I’ve chatted with Commissioner and Acting Mayor ...

The latest proposal for a multistory Vermont St. building and plans for luxury condos; NAACP urges minority representation in vacant city seat; Kasold lane-reduction discussion delayed

Chad Lawhorn

It wasn’t that long ago that luxury living in downtown Lawrence meant being lucky enough to get one of the patio seats at Free State Brewery, or maybe getting a Mass. Street parking meter with a good half hour still left on it. But now there are actual luxury living ...

City to consider reducing number of lanes on portion of Kasold Drive; new info on pending appointment of commissioner; report estimates Rock Chalk tourneys add $4.4 million to economy

Chad Lawhorn

I know there have been times when I’ve been a passenger in my family’s Ford Taurus — like when we go around the curve at 31st and Kasold — that I’ve thought about becoming a full-time pedestrian. But then the G-forces subside, and I again become a bit uncertain about ...

City commissioner says some travel expenses by former Mayor Jeremy Farmer have drawn questions; city expected to release details today; Soden talks about pending appointment

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve gotten word this morning that Lawrence City Hall will be releasing some information about some travel expenses from former Mayor Jeremy Farmer. Commissioner Leslie Soden, who is serving as acting mayor for the city following Farmer’s resignation yesterday, told me she is directing City Hall to release information about ...

East Lawrence coffee shop seeks to add liquor, bistro concept; city tries to restart stalled project to address North Lawrence flooding

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know how many glasses of chardonnay it will take to make The Kaw look like The Seine, but we may soon find out. An East Lawrence coffee shop has filed plans to convert itself into a French-style bistro, complete with alcohol. Decade, the coffee shop at 920 Delaware ...

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