Town Talk

Wicked Broadband project seeks $500,000 city grant; downtown hotel project seeks adjustment to incentives package; historical society seeks $20k for new exhibit

Chad Lawhorn

Reading the agenda for Tuesday night’s Lawrence City Commission meeting is kind of like reading my household’s credit card bill: There are plenty of questions, and all the answers seem to have dollar signs. There are three outside organizations requesting financial assistance from the city, with two of them each ...

Douglas County oil production up 12 percent in 2012; outpaces statewide growth

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe I’ve been prospecting for oil wrong all these years. You remember how [Jed Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies][1] struck it rich when he was out shooting at some food, and up from the ground came some “bubbling crude” (or “Texas tea,” that is)? I just figured that was the ...

Lawrence restaurant updates: La Parilla's new location, plans for a Sandbar Sub shop and 60 years for Johnny's Tavern

Chad Lawhorn

Downtown Lawrence’s restaurant scene is heating up. Here’s a look at a few updates: • La Parilla has moved into its [new location][1] at 724 Massachusetts Street, which formerly was the home of Tapas. Co-owner Subarna Bhattachan told me recently that the new space gives the Mexican/Latin American restaurant about ...

Contentious issue of lighted tennis courts near LHS to be discussed again by city commissioners

Chad Lawhorn

One after another, speakers with fingertips that lighted up stepped to the lectern at Lawrence City Hall last night. It was like a herd of E.T.’s had come to watch the City Commission meeting. I’ve seen odder things at City Hall, but, no, there wasn’t an extraterrestrial presence at Tuesday ...

Bowersock to host ribbon cutting for $25 million hydroelectric power plant on Friday

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s one company that won’t be sad at all if it rains on its ribbon cutting. The folks at the Bowersock Mills and Power Company will be celebrating the opening of its $25 million hydroelectric power plant on the north bank of the Kansas River at 4 p.m. Friday. The ...

City to use eminent domain to take over dilapidated East Lawrence property; Just Food seeks $25,000 in CDBG funding to expand dairy, meat offerings

Chad Lawhorn

Well, Town Talk is playing catch-up today. As I previously reported, I was off on Friday to help park cars at the annual Lawrence Auto Swap Meet. And I was off on Monday to clean mud out of places that I didn’t know I had. So, that leaves us with ...

Lawrence homes sales up 24 percent; selling prices also on the rise

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence real estate community hit a significant milestone in March. It was the 12th straight month that the Lawrence real estate market has posted year-over-year sales gains. According to the new report from the Lawrence Board of Realtors, there were 76 homes sales in March, up nearly 29 percent ...

Duo has plan to convert Teller's into gastropub with heavy emphasis on craft beers; Papa Murphy's opens with special event for Boys and Girls Club today

Chad Lawhorn

In Lawrence, beer is art. If you don’t believe me, drive through certain neighborhoods and behold the beer-bottle pyramids erected on many a front porch. Well, it looks like Lawrence beer lovers may soon have another way to express their love for the beverage: a gastropub. A deal is in ...

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

Chad Lawhorn

Call it a rankings rut, and this one is pretty deep for the city of Lawrence. [A new national study][1] has ranked Lawrence as the second-worst-performing small metropolitan area in the nation, based on a variety of economic measures. The Milken Institute ranked Lawrence 178 out of 179 metro areas ...

New report finds city's broadband market sub-par

Chad Lawhorn

Costlier, slower, more limited: It is bringing back memories of the teacher comment section on my report cards. Well, this is a report card of sorts, and "costlier, slower, more limited" is the key phrase in a new study of the city’s Internet broadband market. A consulting team hired by ...

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