Town Talk

Furniture store opens at Ninth and Iowa; apartment construction has Lawrence building totals off to strong start; pizza trivia

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you are like me and last week’s rain caused you to cut up the furniture to use for building the Ark. If so, you are probably wondering when you are going to get your circular saw returned to you and what your Lawrence furniture buying options are. Well, there’s ...

New federal numbers show Lawrence housing prices on the rise; a peek at what they say about Lawrence's affordability question

Chad Lawhorn

I have news about Lawrence home values. They’re going up, but not yet booming, according to the latest federal figures. It seems like it is time to keep a closer eye on home values in Lawrence. Real estate agents are talking about a low supply of available homes putting pressure ...

Are city commissioners breaking a political promise on street maintenance?

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s get in the time machine and set the dial to 2008. No, I’m not looking to relive the decision about a Mario Chalmers tribute tattoo or other such common KU National Championship celebration issues. Something else happened that year: Voters went to the polls to approve a new sales ...

Lawrence startup launches product to compete with Keurig coffee maker; update on proposed fried chicken chain for west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Technology is wonderful. Although we don’t have flying cars or paperless offices, we have figured out how to use it to make coffee infinitely more expensive. The engineers at Starbucks once developed a high-tech machine to print money, but decided it would be more profitable to create a new espresso ...

New cheese shop opens in west Lawrence; home sales gain steam in April, but shortage of houses persists

Chad Lawhorn

I have news of cheese and also news of people buying new homes. And though it may sound like it, this isn’t a follow-up to the wild cheese party that ended up with Gouda in places that was no Gouda. First, the cheese news. Look for a new store inside ...

Developer raising red flag about slow pace of East Ninth Street corridor project; plans for new East Lawrence microbrewery moving ahead

Chad Lawhorn

East Ninth Street has seen some odd things before, but surely on the list of the top five would be when there was a social club that combined beer drinking and gymnastics. As I’ve reported before, that is the history behind the old 1869 stone building at Ninth and Rhode ...

Lawrence makes return as one of the top growing cities in the state, new figures show; Topeka, not so much so

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know if we need to buy a new SUV and start talking about soccer a whole lot more, but Lawrence is part of the Johnson County crowd in one way these days. Lawrence is once again seeing population growth that rivals the ever-growing Johnson County communities. New population ...

Former city commissioner seeking large tax rebate for proposed downtown project

Chad Lawhorn

A familiar face at Lawrence City Hall may end up being the test case for new thinking about tax breaks for downtown residential projects. Former City Commissioner Bob Schumm has confirmed to me that he’s filed a request for tax breaks for a multi-story office/condo project he hopes to build ...

Cupcake and ice cream chain to open in west Lawrence; local economic development leader resigns

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve been wondering what that odd feeling is every time I drive by the small retail center near the northeast corner of Sixth and Wakarusa. Now, I know. It is my cholesterol count preparing for what’s to come. How’s this for a line up: Burgers and barbecue at Biggs, then ...

One 23rd Street restaurant closes, another opens, with elaborate dishes including something called an Avocado Bomb

Chad Lawhorn

I’m no expert, but I do know that balance is important in the cultures of the Far East. That is why if I have a pound of rice on the right side of my plate, I always strive to have a pound of noodles on the left side. I don’t ...

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