Town Talk

Neighbors concerned about stalled construction near Peterson and Monterey; city, KU transit system named tops in state; a bus hub question for Centennial Park

Chad Lawhorn

Neighbors are wondering why the weeds are so tall. This is the point that I usually stammer, panic and blurt out something about the flux capacitor being broken on my lawn mower. But for once, we’re not talking about my yard. Several Lawrence residents instead are concerned about why construction ...

Payless Furniture owner who said 'Goodbye Obamaville' back selling furniture in Lawrence; City Hall spends $2,500 on friendship garden

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you remember the [flamboyant goodbye to Lawrence that came from the owner of Payless Furniture.][1] If you don’t, I can give you the family-friendly version of that event: Payless owner Robert Fyfe in May parked his furniture delivery truck along the store’s busy Iowa Street frontage and plastered it ...

Downtown retailer of 20 years closing Lawrence store; rumors of a new chicken chain on West Sixth Street; a Facebook flap at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you don’t know it, Lawrence, but for the last 20 years you’ve been influencing how people across the country take baths. Yeah, now that I say that, it does sound creepy. But don’t worry, it is all fine, and it is also almost all over. Bloom, the bath and ...

Facts and figures to help you figure out whether to gripe or not to gripe about Lawrence's property tax rates

Chad Lawhorn

Complaining about local taxes is easy. Figuring out whether we have a good gripe is hard because it requires lots of numbers, an abacus and stretching exercises. (I can’t count on my toes without the exercises anymore.) But as local governments get ready to approve their new tax rates, I’m ...

Food trucks banding together to create new hub/restaurant along 23rd Street

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is getting creative with food and trucks, and I’m not just talking about my method for eating biscuits and gravy while still safely making the Kasold Curve. No, four area food trucks have joined forces to lease space along 23rd Street for a unique food truck hub. The operators ...

Plans call for pair of buildings to be demolished near Ninth and Iowa to make way for high-tech car wash; Zarco owner launches tech product for convenience store industry

Chad Lawhorn

They say the best way to make it rain is to wash your car. Given that we already have had a lot of rain, I’m a bit worried about what will happen when a Lawrence businessman starts construction on what he’s calling one of the more advanced car washes in ...

Pace quickens on Lawrence home sales in first half of 2015; city spending $85,000 for ADA playground upgrades

Chad Lawhorn

If you are looking to buy a home in Lawrence, you had better lace up those running shoes. Home sale statistics for the first half of 2015 show that buyers need to be ready to move to keep up with what is becoming a tight home market. For the first ...

West Lawrence restaurant plans major expansion; details on a Ninth and New Hampshire mishap; Kansas school system gets high ranking

Chad Lawhorn

You bet I’ve got a chop house on my mind, and it is not just because I’ve already spent a good part of my week “helping” my 4-H kids wrangle their hogs at the Douglas County Fair. I’ve got news of a large expansion of a west Lawrence restaurant that ...

Plans filed to build new retirement community near 23rd and O'Connell in eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The corner of 23rd and O’Connell may be the latest to try to lure retirees to Lawrence. Plans have been filed to build a 90-unit, independent senior living community near the intersection. Olathe developer Dave Rhodes has filed a plan to develop about nine acres of vacant ground at 2101 ...

Promoter not sure now on canceling 1,000-foot water slide event in west Lawrence; city gets report on its financial health

Chad Lawhorn

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Maybe there will be bubbles on this 1,000-foot water slide, because the idea of hosting The Urban Slide in a west Lawrence neighborhood quickly is turning into a soap opera. Ryan Robinson, owner of Lawrence-based Silverback Productions, reached out to me today and said he’s now decided ...

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