WRITER: Bremen Keasey

Anticipation for Google Fiber in Lawrence grows after passage of ordinance

When Google first selected Kansas City, Kansas, as the pilot city for its new high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, back in 2011, a lot of hype surrounded the novel development. Thirteen years later, now that city commissioners have approved a local ordinance that gives Google Fiber the ability to come into Lawrence, the level of fanfare may not be quite as extraordinary, but Brian Thomas, the IT director ...

Lawrence hosting sister city delegation from Tocopilla, Chile, this week

Starting Monday, the City of Lawrence is welcoming a delegation of Chilean officials and U.S. Department of Energy representatives to celebrate the new sister city agreement between Lawrence and Tocopilla, Chile. The sister city agreement between Lawrence and Tocopilla, a city of about 25,000 along the coast of northern Chile, was officially approved in March. The agreement was formed in partnership with the ...

City leaders say 3-person fire crews are normal in northeast Kansas, but firefighters say proposed cuts are a 'looming disaster'

Last Tuesday, when dozens of current and former firefighters showed up at Lawrence City Hall, there was no accident, no smoke, nothing on fire. But was there an emergency? If you ask the firefighters, there certainly was. They were at the Lawrence City Commission meeting because of a budget proposal that would reduce the number of firefighters on duty each day from 39 to 36 and cut the number of people required ...

Lawrence city commissioners to hear proposal on outdoor alcohol consumption boundaries downtown

A proposal that would allow people to openly consume alcohol in downtown Lawrence around Massachusetts Street is coming into further focus with a draft of a proposed boundary of the area. As the Journal-World reported back in June, city leaders began reaching out to downtown merchants and other businesses about the possibility of creating a common consumption area, or CCA, a designated area where individuals ...

At Peaslee Tech's 10-year celebration, leaders reflect and hope for more growth in the future

As Peaslee Tech celebrated its 10th birthday on Thursday with a host of speakers reflecting on the founding of the school, leaders hope it can continue to grow and become more self-sufficient while providing new training opportunities for workers. The school, which first opened its doors to students back in 2015, was a part of a larger group effort of multiple government and other civic groups coming together ...

Neighborhood groups share concerns that code changes could create more student housing, parking problems

In in-person meetings with neighborhood groups this week, the team working to create Lawrence's new land development code heard concerns that it could cause a “perfect storm” of student housing. But planning leaders say they want to reassure the public that that scenario isn't likely to happen. During the Planning Commission's meeting on Wednesday, commissioners heard about the feedback gathered at the ...