Town Talk

Plans filed for large industrial site, unique recycling center near east end of South Lawrence Trafficway

Chad Lawhorn

A plan has been filed to add nearly 80 acres of industrial property near the soon-to-be-completed eastern interchange of the South Lawrence Trafficway. But don’t look for a big manufacturing plant or distribution center at the prime spot. Instead, look for a lot of broken concrete, used bricks, discarded asphalt ...

Pole vaulting in a west Lawrence parking lot; new office complex opens in eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe south Lawrence ought to host a steeplechase through Wal-Mart. (I’ve seen the unofficial version when a shopping cart obstructs the dash to the deeply discounted holiday candy.) Or perhaps, Home Depot and Menards could host a hammer throw in the lot between their two stores. Why? I’m guessing most ...

Why in Kansas I get a better deal on taxes by buying beer instead of bread

Chad Lawhorn

The things I’ll do for this job. Last night, I bought a six-pack of beer in the name of journalism. Before the folks from accounting come and revoke my expense account, let me explain. The idea of [reducing the sales tax charged on groceries has been brought up recently][1] in ...

New furniture store opens in downtown Lawrence; Lecompton a finalist for best small town in Kansas

Chad Lawhorn

An organic mattress? Maybe my wife will put it in a salad, and maybe it won’t taste any worse than some of the other unfamiliar ingredients she makes me try. Or maybe organic mattresses are the next thing to take off in Lawrence’s vibrant organic movement. A furniture store has ...

New Middle Eastern cafe set to open in Lawrence; a look at street parties and other events slated for downtown and surrounding area

Chad Lawhorn

I’ll admit names that involve geography sometimes get me confused. For instance, my trip to Austin, Texas, to steal the mascot of Austin Peay university has really left me scratching my head. (I won’t even attempt to explain the confusion the rest of their name caused.) But I’m not confused ...

Questions and concerns about the Douglas County Sheriff's Office withholding mugshot photos of crime suspects

Chad Lawhorn

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes they’re worth a few questions too — especially when the photo is a mugshot from the Douglas County Jail. Apologies to those of you who tuned into Town Talk for the latest information on business happenings, development talk, ...

Price Chopper looking at bringing grocery store to Lawrence; potential issues facing a downtown grocery store

Chad Lawhorn

It has been clear for awhile now that a downtown grocery store at the former Borders site at Seventh and New Hampshire would be a big deal. After all, it would put a food bar that charges by the pound just feet away from my office. But now there are ...

An update on work to bring a new Hilton hotel to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A multimillion dollar remodeling project that involves making space for more fresh-baked cookies: Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with tales from my kitchen remodeling project. But I do have news about the major renovation underway at the former Holiday Inn at 200 McDonald Drive. The Holiday Inn ...

New study says Lawrence below average in managing money, above average in mortgage debt; local home sales off to sluggish start

Chad Lawhorn

If I weren’t so busy gold-plating random items in my house, I would take offense at a finding of a new study: Lawrence residents are below-average at managing their money. The financial website WalletHub ranks Lawrence 1,505th out of about 2,500 U.S. communities in its 2016 study titled [Best and ...

Is Lawrence set to rethink the use of bike lanes on city streets; $50,000 feasibility study of bike sharing program planned

Chad Lawhorn

In case you haven’t noticed, biking in Lawrence is a big deal. We have a bike repair station outside City Hall, we soon will have bike parking corrals on Massachusetts Street, and most public buildings have those fancy bike paddles in their lobby. (I think that is what they are ...

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