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Question

Sound Off: What’s the story behind the Hillcrest boulder at Ninth Street and Highland Drive? What was the impetus for putting it there? Who paid for it? Is it on a public right-of-way?

Answer

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: According to the public works department, the neighborhood requested the monument. The neighborhood provided all materials and manpower to complete it. The City Commission approved a right-of-way license agreement that gave the neighborhood authority to install and maintain the monument. If the city needs the right-of-way in the future, the neighborhood will be responsible for removing any of the installations at its cost.

Comments

overthemoon

it's kind of dorky.

5 years, 7 months ago

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pace

Tossing your empty glass at the stone?

5 years, 7 months ago

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Terry Sexton

I like it.

5 years, 7 months ago

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JackMcKee

Who is responsible for cleaning off the graffiti that thing is going to attract?

I think the rock is symbolic of the intellectual capacity of the people that live in that area.

5 years, 7 months ago

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Danielle Brunin

+1

5 years, 7 months ago

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pace

1+

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JackMcKee

2 residents of the neighborhood but no explanation of what the rock represents. Surely you had a meeting to discuss this idea. Maybe the city can use the rock as a headstone when they close your school.

5 years, 7 months ago

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Brian Hall

The neighborhood wanted something to welcome the many, many people who drive by to their neighborhood. What's wrong with that? That you are complaining about a rock with the words "Welcome to Hillcrest Neighborhood" that in no way affects your life seems a bit childish and petty.

5 years, 7 months ago

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JackMcKee

It's really a shame these people managed to close the only school that should have remained open. The rock truly is an appropriate symbol for this neighborhood.

5 years, 7 months ago

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asixbury

Why are you so bitter about everything, JackMcKee? You need some love and happiness in your life. It's quite sad to always see you (through your comments) so crabby.

5 years, 7 months ago

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JackMcKee

matter of fact I'm probably one of the happier people that participates here unlike those that live only for the refresh button on their pentium 5 Dells and that haven't traveled outside the Lawrence city limits in the last decade.

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asixbury

Well, I hope that is true. Your comments sometimes do not reflect your happiness.

5 years, 7 months ago

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JackMcKee

You'll have to excuse me, I'm going to lose my iPhone connection to the LJW asylum when I head down to the beach to enjoy my afternoon in sunshine. That is all. Carry on.

5 years, 7 months ago

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Terry Sexton

Be nice, Jack. You upsetting Oddball. A sound philosophy starting at 0:35 secs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyh-Jp...

5 years, 7 months ago

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JackMcKee

What's upsetting is that Wakarusa, a school that was actually wasn't a waste of taxpayer dollars was shuttered while the half empty schools from the "Save my School" crowd remain open and continue to bleed funds from the rest of the school district. These people go out and buy a rock. The only welcome that gives is a welcome to bed over.

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JackMcKee

That school will close. Rock or no rock.

5 years, 7 months ago

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somedude20

You're being very undude. Here, you need this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHPOzQ...
Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best...

5 years, 7 months ago

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overthemoon

For a neighborhood of pretty nice mid-century modern homes, this slab 'o shelf rock is a pretty strange design solution. It would be nice if it looked like some actually had designed it.

5 years, 7 months ago

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