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Town Talk: Lawrence ranks No. 17 on Forbes' "Best Small Places for Business and Careers"

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence, stay smart. It's already paying dividends for us. The Lawrence area has been ranked No. 17 on Forbes' [new list][1] of "The Best Small Places for Business and Careers." And it sure appears that Lawrence's brain power is the main factor in driving the city to the high ranking. ...

Former downtown Lawrence piano bar converted into pool hall, tavern

Chad Lawhorn

There has been a trade in downtown Lawrence: Barry Manilow for Tom Cruise. (Sure, now my wife starts paying attention to me.) It's nothing like that, however. Instead, we're talking about a change in formats for the downtown nightclub at 729 New Hampshire Street. Out is The Barrel House, the ...

Town Talk: Developer files plans for East Lawrence apartments

Chad Lawhorn

Surely not even Theodore Poehler could have envisioned this. Plans are in the works for a new four-story apartment building next to the old grocery warehouse building that [Theodore Poehler's heirs built][1] during the early 1900s in the East Lawrence district surrounding Eighth and Delaware streets. Yes, that's the same ...

Latest sales tax report shows Lawrence spending up about 2 percent for the year

Chad Lawhorn

With this recent batch of rainy weather, it is hard to believe that earlier this year we were all buying sunscreen, flip flops, mosquito netting, shark repellent, harpoons and 55-gallon drums of margarita mix. (What? Isn't that your standard list of items to take to the beach?) Regardless, we were ...

Activity along O'Connell Road heats up with $15 million affordable housing project

Chad Lawhorn

There are only two explanations for the large swaths of bare dirt at the former Farmland site at 23rd and O'Connell: The area is either preparing for future development, or I've been hired to do the area's landscaping. (This August has been an exception. I actually have a healthy, lush ...

Idea for Rock Chalk Village springs up for property near Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

No word on whether you would have to get a Jayhawk tattoo to live there, or at least promise to wallpaper your house with Andrew Wiggins posters, but there is talk of a new Lawrence neighborhood that would be dubbed Rock Chalk Village. You guessed it, the neighborhood would be ...

New steak and seafood restaurant slated to open at Sixth and Wakarusa

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps I'm not done exacting revenge on pigs after all. As some of you know, I've a spent a summer helping my two kids raise for the Douglas County 4-H Fair a pair of sometimes cantankerous pigs that often seemed one step ahead of me. (Insert your own joke here ...

Group wants to place 10,000-pound piece of World Trade Center at Lawrence Visitors Center

Chad Lawhorn

It is still pretty mysterious at the moment, but an effort is underway to make Lawrence the home of a remnant of the World Trade Center, whichfell as part of the 9/11 attacks. The Lawrence-based American Fallen Warrior Memorial — more on that group and questions about it in a ...

Lawrence-based manufacturer of LED lighting seeking tax abatement for expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Here's an interesting economic development project to keep an eye on: Lawrence may become a bigger player in the world of LED lighting. Lawrence-based Sunlite Science & Technology, a manufacturer of LED lighting, has filed paperwork with City Hall to receive a 50 percent, 10-year tax abatement for a new ...

City hires new leaders in Planning and Development Services

Chad Lawhorn

[Back in April we reported][1] on a reorganization plan for the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department that is designed to put a bit more emphasis on small business needs and customer service. A few of you have been asking where that stands, and it looks like you should expect to see ...

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