WRITER: Austin Hornbostel

During homeless response update, Lawrence mayor asks questions about why the city isn't enforcing no-camping ordinance

Story updated at 11:12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19: Lawrence Mayor Lisa Larsen asked a lengthy list of pointed questions, including some about why the city isn’t enforcing a no-camping ordinance, and local business leaders criticized the city for a lack of action to address the issue of homelessness during Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting. Larsen asked city staff 20 minutes’ worth of questions at ...

Lawrence leaders to hear updates on homelessness response initiatives, including Pallet Shelter Village and Lawrence Community Shelter

At this week’s Lawrence City Commission meeting, city leaders will receive an update about a number of ongoing homelessness response initiatives, including the future Pallet Shelter Village on North Michigan Street and the recent shift to a shared governance structure at the Lawrence Community Shelter. The update comes two weeks after city leaders requested more information about homelessness initiatives at ...

On upcoming sabbatical, Lawrence Public Library director is hoping to 'bring some energy' back to the library

The leader of the Lawrence Public Library will soon be spending a few months out of the office, and he hopes that time away will ultimately help him bring some energy back to the organization. Starting after this week’s Lawrence Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, Library Executive Director Brad Allen is going on a 12-week sabbatical. He’ll return in time for the board’s mid-December meeting. ...

$1.5 million Douglas County Courthouse waterproofing project set to begin first phase on Tuesday

A $1.5 million project to waterproof the foundation of the Douglas County Courthouse in downtown Lawrence is scheduled to begin Tuesday. The county announced three phases for the upcoming construction at the courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St., in a news release Friday. The first phase beginning Tuesday will affect the one-hour parking lot just south of the courthouse, with the lot set to be closed through ...

At inauguration, Haskell's newest president outlines vision for a 'human-centered' university

When Frank Arpan was inaugurated as the newest president of Haskell Indian Nations University, he said he was tempted to treat the day of his ceremony as “just another Friday.” But the gravity of the event dawned on him before long. “This Friday is really not about me — this Friday is about Haskell,” Arpan, a citizen of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, said during his inauguration ceremony. “This Friday ...

Lawrence bus system's app-based, Uber-like 'microtransit' service will launch next Wednesday

Starting next week, Lawrence residents in need of a late-night ride home will have another option to consider besides Uber and Lyft — and this one’s free. Lawrence Transit’s new Uber-like “microtransit” option will be available next Wednesday, with hours running from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays. Just like the existing ride share giants, people looking for an ...