WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Single-family home construction in Lawrence is at its lowest point in the last 66 years, new numbers show

The latest numbers show 2022 was the slowest year for single-family home construction in Lawrence since at least 1956. The city issued building permits for just 79 single-family homes, a fact that is likely to put pressure on the Lawrence public school district, which last decade saw its enrollment decline. As a result, the district has been having near continuous conversations about closing several ...

New report shows retail vacancy rate in Lawrence is above KC and national averages; downtown ended 2022 with 10% vacancy

I know that retail has bounced back in Lawrence since the pandemic. City Hall has two years of growing sales tax collections that lend evidence to the idea. (Plus, there’s been enough activity on my credit card that Visa has offered to provide me a personal trainer so that I remain healthy and able to sign checks for years to come.) But do you know who hasn’t gotten the memo? New retailers. The community ...

Medical emergency strikes at local planning commission meeting; an update on SLT and Iowa Street development, plus Sixth and Monterey demolition

The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday evening became frightening at City Hall. Longtime Lawrence architect Allen Belot collapsed during the meeting from an apparent heart attack, shortly after making a presentation to the commission. Several members of the crowded meeting room rushed to Belot and began providing aid that ranged from chest compressions to mouth-to-mouth to one ...

Local legislator introduces bill to require ministers, other religious leaders to report suspicions of child abuse

Story updated at 2:16 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023: A Douglas County legislator has filed a bill that would require priests and other ministers to report any suspected child abuse to state authorities. Sen Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, filed Senate Bill 87 this week that would add “duly ordained ministers” to the list of professionals who are mandated reporters of child abuse in the state. Holland has ...

Home sales in Lawrence fall by 13% in 2022, but home prices jump by 10% nonetheless

Homebuyers, for the most part, are doing their share to battle rising Lawrence home prices. For the third time in four years, home sales in Lawrence have fallen. It still wasn’t enough, though. The median selling price of Lawrence homes posted a double-digit percentage increase in 2022. Lawrence home sales fell 13% to a total of 1,121 homes in 2022, according to the year-end report from the Lawrence Board ...

KU is solidly in top 100 nationally for research and development dollars, but it's not keeping up in some key areas

They make airplanes — not rockets — in Wichita, but there’s a new set of numbers out that might cause you to think differently. After all, something has powered Wichita State University’s engineering school into the stratosphere. Wichita State finished fiscal year 2021 as a top 20 university in the entire country for engineering research and development funding. Others included in that top 20 group ...