WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence housing prices soar by 30% in March; KDOT backs away from idea of toll lane on K-10

March devoured hopes of a basketball national championship in Lawrence, and for dessert, it may have finished off any thoughts of declining home prices in the city too. It was just a week ago that I reported on data from the Lawrence Board of Realtors that showed home prices in Lawrence had declined for three straight months — December, January and February, which marked the first such stretch of decline ...

K-10 Highway expected to grow to six lanes, but project would stop before reaching Douglas County

It is a good bet that Kansas Highway 10 will be expanded to six lanes in the next five years. But based on the current planning in the Kansas Department of Transportation, it is a lousy bet to think any of that expansion will cross into Douglas County. Panasonic’s 4,000-job, $4 billion electric vehicle battery plant in De Soto — scheduled to open in early 2025 — is a key driver behind expansion plans. ...

Leading civil rights attorney tells KU crowd that Brown v. Board decision must be defended, better used

In a speech at KU on Friday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the landmark school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, one of the nation’s top civil rights attorneys quoted both the law and philosophy. But Sherrilyn Ifill, the former director and counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, told members of the KU crowd that they ought to be quoting the Brown v. Board decision itself. There is a ...

Mini-golf is now a possibility for downtown project, but small, city-owned parking lot would need to close

If you are like me and you like your barbecue large and your golf mini, I have a downtown Lawrence update that may be up your alley. Kansas City’s Q39 barbecue restaurant has won a key City Hall approval to locate in a portion of the former Journal-World printing plant building, just south of Sixth and New Hampshire streets in downtown. But in a new twist, one of its neighbors may be a mini-golf course. A ...

Regents approve new policy that prohibits 'diversity pledges' from prospective employees, students

A new policy that will prohibit “diversity pledges” at state universities — but won’t require schools to close their offices related to diversity initiatives — won quick and unanimous approval by the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday. While diversity-related issues surrounding higher education have been divisive in several states across the country, Regents at their monthly meeting expressed no ...

Seating at KU's revamped football stadium to shrink by a few thousand seats; other updates on Gateway Project

Seating at the University of Kansas’ revamped football stadium likely will shrink by at least 5,000 seats when the facility opens in 2025, but KU’s athletic director promised year-round excitement levels from the site will grow. Members of Downtown Lawrence Inc. on Wednesday morning received an update from Athletic Director Travis Goff on the $448 million renovation of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium ...