Town Talk

A look at how smart and how small Lawrence is; large apartment project near KU seeks change in parking standards

Chad Lawhorn

We are smart here in Lawrence. If you don’t believe us, we can show you any number of lists to prove it. And if that doesn’t do it, we can always retort with our unofficial motto: Just wait until basketball season. All this is to say, Lawrence has landed on ...

Sushi restaurant going into former American Eagle space downtown; more details on fledgling opposition group for police headquarters

Chad Lawhorn

So, you’re not much of a dancer, I hear. Well, maybe a sushi roll will put an extra wiggle in your step. You soon may get a chance to find out because a new restaurant that combines sushi and nightlife is set to open in downtown Lawrence. An establishment called ...

New diner opens in East Lawrence; owner of 19th and Haskell shopping center weighing redevelopment options

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe some of you remember the days of Shorty’s Cafe in downtown Lawrence, and still have the cholesterol readings to prove it. Well, a new East Lawrence diner has a connection to that downtown restaurant that existed decades ago. The Haskell Avenue Cafe opened earlier this month in the shopping ...

The Merc plans major renovation at Ninth and Iowa; city wins grant for riverside trail; Color Run returning to downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Fresh juice, fine coffee, surrounded by local produce: It sounds just like my daily breakfast because I’m almost certain mini-powdered doughnuts, Cap’n Crunch and Nutter Butters are all grown locally. Well, regardless, get ready for an upgrade in the world of coffee and juice establishments, as The Merc has plans ...

Group forming to oppose sales tax vote for police headquarters; Amtrak wins key grant funding for Southwest Chief route

Chad Lawhorn

It won’t quite be like taking a police ride-along in the Oread neighborhood on a Saturday night, but it appears the Nov. 4 election to build a nearly $28 million police headquarters building will get a little lively. A group is forming to run an opposition campaign against the sales ...

New study suggests Lawrence may be the capital of part-time employees; city issues $46 million in debt

Chad Lawhorn

Let us count what Lawrence legitimately may be able to claim it is the capital of: — Crazed Basketball Fans Who Spend 30 Hours a Week on Face Painting and Basketball Recruiting Notebooks — Football Fans Who Find It too Much Work to Watch Their Football Team — People Who ...

Alvamar Golf & Country Club confirms it is in negotiations to sell to local group; City Hall to look at proposed development at Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to keep your eyes open at Lawrence’s Alvamar Golf and Country Club. And I’m not just talking about when I have a club in my hand on the tee box . . . or in the rough, or in the sand, or waist deep in one of ...

Cosmos Indian store moves to West Lawrence; 'Shark Tank'-style business event coming to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A temporary tattoo sure would have been nice this weekend, so I apologize that I didn’t tell you earlier that a Lawrence store offering such services has moved to a new West Lawrence location. That’s right, Cosmos, the Indian cafe and grocery, has moved out of downtown and into space ...

City begins moving in at Rock Chalk Park; leaders vying to bring Junior Olympics to sports complex; Jayhawks and Free State beer best known Kansas brands

Chad Lawhorn

Stretch those hamstrings, wash the cutoff jean shorts, fill the oxygen bottles, and order the plaster of paris for the full-body casts. In other words, make all the standard arrangements to play some pick-up basketball. The day is soon coming when the city’s new recreation center at Rock Chalk Park ...

Signs grow that Obamacare adding several hundred new jobs in Lawrence, job fairs today through Saturday; East Lawrence project wins national award

Chad Lawhorn

One of Lawrence’s larger economic development victories may be going on right underneath our noses at the moment. I’m guessing you have seen or heard the ads for new positions at the General Dynamics call center in the East Hills Business Park. Well, it is becoming clearer all the time ...

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