Town Talk

Retail sales in the city up 3 percent for the year; SLT opponents organizing "occupation" event at the wetlands

Chad Lawhorn

There must have been a lot of families with back-to-school shopping lists this season much like mine: pencils, erasers, notebooks, diamond earrings. (What's that? I was told it is a necessity that mothers looks stylish at PTO meetings.) Regardless, the latest sales tax report from Lawrence City Hall shows that ...

Update on Sixth and Iowa turn-lane project, plus rumblings of a new chicken wing franchise

Chad Lawhorn

As work begins to wrap up on the major rebuilding of Iowa Street, I know you are going to miss the traffic delays that come with the project. Well, don't fret. Come next spring a portion of Iowa Street will be back in the giving mood, and this time it ...

South Lawrence Trafficway update, plus bicyclers and falcons in the city

Chad Lawhorn

It just sounded like something that would happen to the South Lawrence Trafficway. After about two decades of delay and litigation, the bypass project finally has all the necessary permits and funding to begin construction. Then . . . the federal government shuts down. I was curious about whether the ...

Johnny Brusco's New York style pizza chain headed to Sixth and Wakarusa

Chad Lawhorn

Outta my way. I gotta catch the subway to Sixth and Wakarusa. What's that? Me fuhgeddaboudit? You fuhgeddaboudit. There has to be a subway to Sixth and Wakarusa. It's the capital of New York-style pizza. The West Lawrence intersection already is home to two establishments that make New York-style pizza ...

New pastry shop and bakery opens near Sixth and Wakarusa in West Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There is hope for me yet. A new shop at Sixth and Wakarusa streets is proving that a year's worth of being yelled at and having things thrown at you can result in good things. Mark Gregory, the former head baker at The Merc, has opened Scratch Bakery at 4821 ...

Developer pursuing idea for East Lawrence bistro in Warehouse Arts District

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it will be called the Black Powder Bistro. As we [briefly reported][1] several weeks ago, the idea for a bistro in East Lawrence's Warehouse Arts District is gaining steam. Arts district developer Tony Krsnich has a request before city commissioners tonight to rezone a late 1800s stone building near ...

23rd and Iowa, 23rd and Ousdahl improvements up for discussion at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Whether it is via bus, via car, or via a boat through the intersection of 23rd and Ousdahl, Lawrence city commissioners are set to discuss a host of transportation issues this week. (Spoiler alert: They're trying to decrease the need for a boat at 23rd and Ousdahl.) Here's a look ...

Idea for Clinton Lake resort scrapped by state; city asked to approve name for Farmland business park

Chad Lawhorn

A couple pieces of quick news out of Lawrence City Hall on what is shaping up to be a busy Friday: • Plans for a resort at Clinton Lake State Park have fizzled, according to word from the City Manager's office. City Manager David Corliss reports that state officials have ...

More details on plans for a Dick's Sporting Goods store in old Sears building

Chad Lawhorn

Yes, Lawrence really is going to get a Dick's Sporting Goods store. [We reported last wee][1]k that a building permit application had been made that strongly suggested a Dick's Sporting Goods store was set to go into a portion of the former Sears building at 27th and Iowa streets. Well, ...

Mother Earth News Fair expected to draw 10,000 to downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Among the many, many . . . many things my wife is an expert on, Ed Begley Jr. is one. If you are of a certain age, perhaps you remember him as one of the stars of the 1980s TV series "St. Elsewhere." If you are a fan of cheesy ...

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