Town Talk

Douglas County's population grows by more than 1,000 during past year; update on Lawrence Public Library project timeline

Chad Lawhorn

Today is one of those days when I love statistics, and not just because all the math gives me an excuse to take off my shoes. Today, statistics help remind me that all is right in the world again. A pair of reports show that Lawrence and Kansas once again ...

Development group files plans to add more than 20 retailers, restaurants to south Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

Plans have been filed at City Hall for a new south Lawrence retail development that would add more than 20 new stores and restaurants. An out-of-state development group has filed plans for the vacant property just south of the South Lawrence Trafficway and east of the dead-end bridge that spans ...

West Lawrence fun center plans on hold again as neighbors speak out; the big question looming for city's rental licensing program

Chad Lawhorn

Mini-golf, mini-bowling, many concerns, it appears. As we've reported multiple times, plans have been filed for a "family fun center" on vacant ground near the southeast corner of Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive in west Lawrence. When we last reported on the project [in February][1], it was scheduled to receive ...

Plans for rent-controlled housing near 23rd and O'Connell on the ropes; city concerned about historically low water levels at Clinton Lake

Chad Lawhorn

There is a fair amount of uncertainty hanging around Lawrence these days. When will spring finally arrive in earnest? Will Joel Embid stay or go? Was it a mistake to take out a sizable home equity loan with the assumption that I was going to win Warren Buffett's billion dollar ...

Construction crews racing to get Rock Chalk Park finished for KU Relays; trash day to change for many Lawrence households

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe you are like me on this sad morning: sleep-deprived and desperately looking for something to take your mind off that Jayhawk basketball game. No, the loss didn't keep me up, but that freaky looking Stanford Tree on the sideline sure did. (Stanford's earth science professors must be very proud.) ...

Downtown Italian restaurant closes; city looks to put "rolling mural" on city transit bus

Chad Lawhorn

If your March Madness party included plans of Meatball Madness or Marinara Madness or, heck, even 15 pounds of Lasagna Madness (alliteration is overrated), you now have one less option in Lawrence. Intorno, the downtown Italian restaurant at Eighth and Massachusetts streets, has closed. Already, the rumor mill is churning ...

North Lawrence call center closes, moves operations to California ; large south Lawrence apartment complex sells

Chad Lawhorn

It was a little more than two years ago that local [leaders were celebrating the opening][1] of a new North Lawrence call center that had plans for employing more than 100 people in the former Tanger mall facility. Well, word has come that the call center has closed its doors ...

Lawrence retail sales off to strong start for 2014; key rural intersection set for closure this weekend

Chad Lawhorn

I thought Walgreens seemed busy on Christmas Eve. So many savvy shoppers with our Chapstick holiday gift packs, and a variety of products with a seal even more meaningful than the Good Housekeeping one: "As Seen On TV." (It says not only do we care, but we also saved a ...

Four companies express interest in bringing superfast broadband service to city; Wicked has plans to launch cable TV service in Lawrence by June

Chad Lawhorn

And you thought the fight over the remote control during the NCAA Tournament was going to be fierce. Well, it looks like another type of technology battle is brewing at Lawrence City Hall. Four technology companies are interested in undertaking a multimillion-dollar project to bring super-fast Internet service to Lawrence, ...

Roof being installed on city's Rock Chalk Park recreation center, tournament times filling up at the facility

Chad Lawhorn

I know the question that is on all of our minds today: Does a green stain on your tie count as St. Patrick's Day spirit? Oh, that's not the question. You want an update on the city's 181,000-square-foot Rock Chalk Park recreation center. Well, fortunately, I have both stains and ...

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