Town Talk

Downtown shooting causes city commissioner to talk about ... panhandlers; are city leaders ready to tackle gun issues?

Chad Lawhorn

On a recent Sunday morning, there were pools of blood on the sidewalks of Massachusetts Street for all to see. That didn’t exactly make for the best dinner conversation at a Junior Achievement gala I attended on Wednesday. But it did spark an interesting comment. It came from a community ...

Kansas City development company buys Lawrence golf course; west Lawrence Walmart gets a remodel

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence’s golf course industry is changing again. A Kansas City development company — who traditionally has not been a golf course operator — has purchased a nine-hole course that is just down the road from the University of Kansas. Block & Company, a Kansas City-based commercial real estate firm, recently ...

Let's get a roll of ice cream: New Thai ice cream shop set to open in downtown

Chad Lawhorn

I’m unclear on why Thailand hasn’t taken over the world. The Thai people clearly have made the most important technological advancement of our generation: They’ve perfected a way of making fresh ice cream almost instantaneously. Soon, Lawrence residents will get to see for themselves as a Thai ice cream shop ...

After a long wait, Lawrence to once again have a Veterans Day parade

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence’s horse-drawn Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade is fantastic, except scurrying for candy in the streets can get a little messy. (Actually, don’t bother. That’s not candy, city slickers.) The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a great tribute to the Irish and out-of-control grocery carts. And the Earth Day Parade is a ...

What's being built near Sixth and Wakarusa, plus other updates on Lawrence's building scene

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know what it means when a community’s top building projects are hotels and churches, but that’s the case thus far in Lawrence in 2017. It has been awhile since we have looked at the city’s building totals, but there’s a new report out at City Hall that measures ...

Lawrence looking to set zombie world record as part of new 'Hellaweenfest' event

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence may become a world record holder for zombies, and I’m not even talking about the hordes of college students who have to get up before noon. No, Lawrence’s popular Zombie Walk in downtown is getting a boost this year. The walk will be part of something called Hellaweenfest on ...

A witch-themed store opens in eastern Lawrence to serve a growing pagan population

Chad Lawhorn

I’ll let you determine what “miracle” the once popular Miracle Video store at 19th and Haskell was promoting. But the new store that has taken its place also is in a business where the topic of miracles comes up. It is a religious supply store, but perhaps not the type ...

LMH moving closer to major new facility in west Lawrence; Kansas incomes near the bottom; Tyson plant to Nebraska?

Chad Lawhorn

It looks like the health care market is going to get a new multimillion-dollar player in west Lawrence. Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Lawrence-based OrthoKansas announced Tuesday they have signed an “affiliation agreement” that will allow the two businesses to build a state-of-the-art orthopedic facility in west Lawrence. And that may ...

Checking in on whether Lawrence plans to submit Amazon bid, and dreaming of what it would look like just east of here

Chad Lawhorn

As Amazon looks for a new corporate headquarters, what the giant retailer needs to know about Lawrence is that we are here to help, the city’s top economic development official told me recently. I already understand helping Amazon, although I’m still not sure it was a good idea to make ...

IT company buying west Lawrence building to expand; plans filed for new indoor baseball facility; Cottonwood to honor businesses

Chad Lawhorn

Often I need something akin to divine intervention to get my computer to work properly, so perhaps it is fitting that a growing IT company is buying a west Lawrence church building to expand its business. (Note: I have found pouring holy water on your keyboard is largely counterproductive.) A ...

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