Town Talk

As Earth Day nears, new reports on how clean Lawrence's air is and how not green Kansas is

Chad Lawhorn

As someone who lives with a teenage boy, air quality is always on my mind. In our house, the main particulate we measure is Axe Body Spray. The rest of you may have air quality matters on your mind because Earth Day is approaching. Even if you don’t, I’ve got ...

An update on what may replace Lawrence's J.C. Penney when it closes; new commercial real estate brokerage opens

Chad Lawhorn

We are in wait-and-wonder mode when it comes to Lawrence’s J.C. Penney store. Many of us are waiting for the going-out-of-business sale and the deals that come with it. Those in the development world, though, are wondering about the future of one of south Iowa Street’s larger retail buildings. I ...

Kansas City company files plans to open bakery, restaurant in former Jayhawk Bookstore building

Chad Lawhorn

When I was at KU, I became an expert in Danish studies. There were cherry ones, there were lemon ones, and so many others that I should have gotten a diploma but instead just left with 20 extra pounds. Well, KU students may get a similar chance if a new ...

Pizza chain with lots of funky toppings plans to locate near KU's Memorial Stadium

Chad Lawhorn

As a child of the 1980s, I remember when pizza companies went crazy and started putting pineapple on pizzas. There was little doubt in my household that it was a sign of a Communist infiltration. Fortunately, the Communists have moved on to U.S. elections, so I have no reason to ...

As local voters ponder tax questions, here's a look at what property taxes have done for the last 10 years

Chad Lawhorn

If the 2016 presidential elections didn’t give you enough to grit your teeth over, fear not — local politics in 2017 may give you more opportunities. But it won’t be Trump that is the main topic. Instead, it is the other five-letter ’t’ word that will get the attention — ...

A fourth hotel files plans for multimillion dollar project in Lawrence; J.C. Penney to delay store closings

Chad Lawhorn

There is officially a hotel building boom in Lawrence. Another set of hotel plans has been filed at City Hall, which means Lawrence soon will have four hotel projects under construction. Maybe everybody needs a place to sleep off all the fried chicken. Whatever the case, the hotel market is ...

Kansas City grocery company signs deal to locate store in downtown Lawrence; lawsuit could still derail project

Chad Lawhorn

A full-service downtown grocery store — complete with a pharmacy and a Mongolian grill — is now closer to becoming a reality than ever before. But a Douglas County court case could still deal the project a major blow. As expected, Queen’s Price Chopper of Kansas City has signed a ...

Overland Park-based company to add 100 jobs in downtown Lawrence; chamber takes position on school bond

Chad Lawhorn

About 100 new jobs are coming to downtown Lawrence, thanks to people buying stuff on the Internet. No, Amazon hasn’t set up a hub just for the Lawhorn household. Instead, an Overland Park-based company has chosen Lawrence as its first location for an expansion. Inside Ventures has leased about 7,000 ...

Commercial property that owes city, county $180K in back taxes sells for $1 at auction; east side shopping center in foreclosure

Chad Lawhorn

It is like a magic trick: $1 can make more than $180,000 worth of obligations disappear. At a Douglas County tax auction on Tuesday morning, Jeremiah Johnson bought a piece of industrially zoned property — a little over three acres with an appraised value of just more than $200,000 — ...

New report suggests it may not cost as much to live in Lawrence as we think

Chad Lawhorn

This is the time of year when I start playing with Easter egg dye at the house, which causes me to think about rentals — either rental of a carpet cleaning machine, or, occasionally, the rental of an apartment where I would be really hard to find. All this is ...

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