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Mark Kostner

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kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

Those are the problems of success. The costs are based on supply and demand. I don't know if building one or two large garages and building more retail space on the lots of Vermont, New Hampshire or building on nearby streets would help because the new space would have 21st century building costs.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

The city should choose both of them then. The bus system is really two systems with routes converging on KU and downtown. The downtown station would serve intercity Greyhound routes as well. If the city cannot afford to build two transfer centers perhaps the Amtrak station should be used as a transfer center for Greyhound and the city buses or at least till the city could afford a second transfer center. After all, it is built and used for transportation now and is a short distance from downtown. But Lawrence needs two transfer centers not just one.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

After a few comic cons in San Diego, I can tell you comics are no laughing matter. they're big business. I don't know if there is one in KC or anywhere near but they draw people. The movies based on comics never get old and make money,

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

I don't know what the point of that was, unless like Trump he believes that any publicity is good publicity and it will make his name stick in some voters' minds. Being outrageous works sometimes. By the way, I've seen Mexican Federales ride around the streets on TJ with a real gun like that on the back of a pickup truck. It does leave quite an impression on you when you see it. That's third world politics and law enforcement for you.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

As a casual observer from afar, there were a couple of things that struck me as odd about this proposal. If you were going to build a hotel on this site you'd want your hotel to face 6th St., a major thoroughfare of the city and be prominent on the corner of 6th and Mass, especially if it's the tallest building in downtown. This plan was showing an office building and condos there and the hotel in the middle of the block. I wouldn't buy a condo facing City Hall, sorry. The meeting halls looked a bit small. If you were going to build a conference or convention center, the block from 6th to 7th on the east side of New Hampshire makes more sense and cover the entire block. Dig it out, have parking underneath and it could be served by three hotels, this proposed one, the Springhill Suites, and The Eldridge. Lawrence would make a great place for meetings and small conventions. This is a good property and location. It could be the grand gateway and anchor to downtown. The other corner mentioned, 11th and Mass., would also make a great anchor, and the other downtown entrance, and I am surprised a proposal hasn't been made for that spot. It's across from the Court House and near K.U. A small hotel, office building, or more retail would make sense. Eventually these two spots will be developed. Lawrence has a downtown most places would envy and not a decayed relic of the past like most downtowns around the country.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

I wish them well in their endeavors but I hope that in addition to hosting football games they are planning to make this stadium a major concert and event venue and have the parking and sound engineering in place. Because unless and until there is a decent football program, that stadium will just sit there. Right now this football program is dysfunctional. Wichita State ended a program in the 1980s that had a better history than KU's, not just in these bleak years, but in its entire history. Could KU beat Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State, Washburn, and Emporia State, let alone Power 5 schools right now? I almost feel the Jayhawk logo and Rock Chalk have no place in that stadium. But I also see the point that you need good facilities to attract good players and if the school wants to keep football it needs to invest, so I wish them well, and hope they are serious and are truly committed to having a competent program where people would want sky boxes, season tickets, or even want to pay for a ticket to watch. Otherwise the doctor will need to perform a lobotomy on this program.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

That's not much of a name change, just going by their initials. If it's city owned why not call it Lawrence Health, or give it soothing or symbolic name like Sunflower or Meadow Lark or Cottonwood, or best yet, Sky Health. When you go in you think of the comforting blue sky and when you come out you think of your sky high bill!

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

This is something Lawrence needs to work on unless it's content as it is. I was seriously considering moving there prior to retirement but I didn't see that many job opportunities there unless I wanted to hop on the highway and commute. What few jobs I saw were similar to what was there when I was in college, restaurants and stores. Lawrence has a lot to offer as a place to live and I am surprised there aren't office parks full of companies founded by alumni like you see in many other university cities,

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

Gee, the Villanova game doesn't seem so bad now that you brought up KU Football. I pray this depressing program can claw its way up from disaster to embarrassment or maybe even all the way up to just bad this year.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

19th Street is a major arterial street and always has been. I imagine with the both the Central District and the Venture Park it will run most of the way across town and don't be surprised if it becomes a four lane street as well. I've always seen it as a reliever for 23rd. Don't give them ideas for 15th Street though!

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