Town Talk

Janitors, bus drivers and a potentially expensive wage discussion that is brewing at Lawrence City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Brooms and buses soon may get really interesting at Lawrence City Hall. We’ve already told you about a $450,000 idea to create a new city staff of janitors. If you think City Hall janitors are expensive, though, just wait until we get around to the discussion about bus drivers. As ...

Signs point to new southern chicken chain coming to northwest Lawrence; update on multiple restaurant, retail projects on south Iowa

Chad Lawhorn

I’m always curious how the outside world views Lawrence. At the moment, I’m pretty confident that a PR firm led by bovines is sending out signals that Lawrence’s top need is more chicken. Yes, I have news of another chicken restaurant coming to the city. We’ve reported for a few ...

In wake of former mayor, city considering new expense policy for employees; Mass. Street retailer closes shop

Chad Lawhorn

Per diem, I believe, is Latin for: “Money in my pocket.” If you are not familiar with how a per diem expense account works, you receive a set amount of money each day — usually for food and other incidentals — whether you incur those expenses or not. It looks ...

Debate brewing over possible closure of Kasold intersection; downtown BBQ restaurant set to reopen

Chad Lawhorn

The Kasold Curve — that stretch of road in southern Lawrence where Kasold turns into 31st Street — has produced plenty of arguments inside my Ford Taurus. They mainly have been related to how many g-forces my body can withstand as a passenger in the car. But get ready for ...

Look for new homebuilding to begin near 23rd and O'Connell in eastern Lawrence; update on longtime W. Sixth St. retailer

Chad Lawhorn

Keep an eye on the intersection of 23rd and O’Connell in eastern Lawrence. There are signs that a new neighborhood may sprout in the area, which will create renewed hope that a grocery store or other retail development may come to the intersection, too. There has been a flurry of ...

Holiday shopping numbers show Lawrence did better than most but still lagging expectations; heading off an American Eagle Outfitters rumor

Chad Lawhorn

This is the time of year where you are thinking about Valentine’s Day shopping. (Don’t mind that sudden noise. It is just the sound of 20,000 male cellphones trying to call a flower shop all at once.) But at Lawrence City Hall, they’re still thinking about the Christmas shopping season. ...

Newest plans filed for Alvamar redevelopment seek zoning for office uses, add underground parking; look at latest renderings for clubhouse, apartments, cabanas at Alvamar

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a reason I write my golf score in pencil, and apparently it also is a good idea to have some flexibility when redesigning west Lawrence’s Alvamar Golf & Country Club. A local development group has filed plans tweaking its previous redevelopment proposal for the club. The major item in ...

Lawrence ranked one of the best cities in America for single people

Chad Lawhorn

After the unfortunate incident involving the seven-layer bean dip at last night’s Super Bowl party, some of us may find ourselves at least temporarily single. The good news is my attorney says bean dip kills all traces of DNA, and a new study says Lawrence is one of the best ...

New coffee business opens in East Lawrence; south Iowa Street retailer files for bankruptcy

Chad Lawhorn

The folks that have brought you the popular downtown business The Bourgeois Pig have a new venture, but, no, it doesn’t involve another coffee shop, or a Marxist farm animal. The husband and wife duo, though, have started a new coffee roasting business in East Lawrence. Although some of you ...

The ins and outs of a proposed increase in parking fines for downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

When you cover city government for more than 20 years, you pick up some odd pet peeves along the way. One of mine is when people start talking about how the city’s downtown parking system doesn’t generate enough revenue to even pay for the cost of enforcing the parking system. ...

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