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Good to see that the developers came off that idiotic loan request. It would have been better if they had kept that bad idea to themselves in the first place.
A parking garage may be a good idea at that location, for many reasons, but it's important that the garage be above a ground-level commercial operation. Wasting valuable frontage and pedestrian-friendly space in the downtown district is a very bad idea. If nothing else, put some city or county offices on the ground floor. Don't blow the opportunity to think long term.
Storefronts invite pedestrians. Who wants to walk in front of the parking garages on New Hampshire or Vermont? Don't create another problem, learn from those that have already been built.
Posted 8 May 2018, 4:37 a.m.
We don't need a single extra foot of paved driving lanes. We need less. Far less.
Posted 27 April 2018, 1:47 p.m.
The last thing any city needs to do right now is continue to accommodate cars. As a matter of fact, adding lanes or completing any of the other standard approaches to relieve congestion never work. But now, more than ever, we need to be thinking about cars as if they were brick and mortar Toys R Us locations. Time to think ahead, not behind.
Most of the roads in Lawrence should be narrowed to 10' per lane, more calming devices need to be installed, more density needs to be required and we need to rebuild the city to be effective long-term - not simply to appease a bunch of road ragers.
Posted 27 April 2018, 1:46 p.m.
Money well spent. Congrats to Erin and the Commission for moving these projects forward. I'll be excited to see them when completed.
Posted 26 April 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Have you investigated the staffing at the corporations you support? Or their expense accounts? Or their multi-level management programs? Have you spent 1/10th of the time "investigating" the wasted expenditures of the private businesses you support as you do assailing public servants? No?
Posted 10 April 2018, 6:56 p.m.
And you know what creates a good educational system? How many days have you spent in the past year in a classroom?
Posted 10 April 2018, 6:42 p.m.
Just a few years ago, our present A.D. decided to strip away a couple of hundred seats from students who had the audacity to balk at paying into the Charlie Weis/Turner Gill retirement fund. The message from Zenger was clear; I didn't hire Bill Self and have had nothing to do with any of his success, but I'm not afraid to use his program as a blunt instrument when it comes to milking even more money out of you. So don't mess with me you 20-year-old college kids.
His bullying tactic, adolescent in its nature, should have cost him his job that day. Bernadette, in this area, you could have done us all so much good by pulling the plug on the guy who would bring us, in succession, the Turner Gill buyout, the Charlie Weis buyout (around $7million, I believe) and the David Beaty fiasco (one Power Five win per $3 million or so that he's been paid).
It's clear to me that Neeli would have put an end to this madness within 24 hours of being named the KU Chancellor. Instead, KSU does the right thing by its students while KU recommits to paying over $1 million per year to the worst football coach in America, and insisting that the students ante up for the insanity. If not? We won't let you wait in line for days to create the best basketball environment in college basketball.
One question for our new Chancellor and our reigning Bully (I mean A.D.): how many blow-bys do our competitors have to perform before you actually perform your jobs?
Posted 7 April 2018, 12:37 a.m.
This is the Brownback crap storm come to roost at KU. Fill the Regents with buffoons, hire Major Milktoast instead of a high-energy up-and-comer, and watch as our competitors blow right by. Massive mistake and massive loss by KU. With Major Milktoast, Zenger, Beaty and other things, it's getting harder and harder and harder to love my alma mater.
Posted 3 April 2018, 2:18 p.m.
So, to review. An out-of-state developer with exactly zero local ties to the community gets offended when their 1980's version strip mail doesn't obtain city commission approval. So, they sue us. Not the city, us. Remember, it's your money that will be used to defend against this idiotic idea.
As we all witness the daily contraction of the physical retail market, and the North Carolinians try to force the city to go into a time warp where strip malls and malls were actually a thing, let's remember to encourage our partially new city commission that twisting the arm of the community isn't the best way of going about business.
If the tar heel group wants to build outside of the city's current retail footprint, then by all means bring something to the table. The first requirement is a minimum of 3-story building with residential density added through apartments or condos above the soon-to-go-out-of-business retailers that will be living below.
In fact, why not include some low-income housing in the proposal to solve two problems with one answer? A parking garage that reduces run-off and minimizes heat reflection into the environment would be a good second step. A third step would be an apology to the city and a reimbursement for any time and expense occurred dealing with the law suit.
Posted 29 March 2018, 3:38 p.m.
Sy NO to adding a stoplight simply to add a convenience store to town. That's kind of an oxymoron, isn't it? We'll inconvenience thousands of drivers per day to allow for a convenience store at the location?
Posted 29 March 2018, 3:26 p.m.
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