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Mark Kostner

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kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

This survey is pure BS. Does anyone really think Lawrence is not diverse? Or KCK is really more diverse than Lawrence? Lawrence was my first experience with people from all over the world. I met people from every corner of the planet there in a variety of situations from school to work. But if you really are convinced that Lawrence is not diverse, come to California, and you'll get all the diversity that you can handle!

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

Good move Lawrence. Hire someone from a district so bad it's unaccredited to run your schools. Who's the genius behind this decision?

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

I think a great way for Lawrence to honor Sam Brownback for his outstanding service to the state would be to rename the SLT the Sam Brownback Parkway. That road and how it was built stand as a legacy and testament to this historic administration. When the courts concluded decades of legal challenges, Kansas was Johnny On The Spot to get that road pushed through the wetlands. I never saw a road get built that fast. But because of Brownback fiscal policies there was no funding to actually finish the road, so as you cross Iowa K-10 narrows down to a deadly two lane half freeway around west Lawrence with oncoming traffic and a stoplight staring you in the face at Wakarusa. I know I think of his policies every time I'm on it. The man will definitely go down in the history books for a few things.

On Editorial: New era for Kansas

Posted 28 January 2018, 11:46 a.m. Suggest removal

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

Over the last few decades we have seen an explosion in homelessness, people living under bridges and begging on the street corners. I know it's not as bad in Lawrence and Kansas as it is in San Diego and warm places. These folks are mentally ill and/or addicted. They're not in a position to help themselves. The occasional person who is just down on his luck can bounce back and get on his feet. I know. But most of these people need help. The decision is do you spend a few extra pennies or look the other way at the person on the corner flying a sign or when you see sleeping bags or tents in public.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

There's a fine line between genius and insanity and while the best and brightest are going to KU, there are also a lot of those with mental health challenges in Lawrence and I applaud the community for addressing this issue.Yes the taxes are a little high and getting higher but is solving these issues worth part of a penny? If you get the issues solved aren't you getting your bang for the buck at the end of the day? Lawrence does have a higher quality of life than the average town in America and definitely the average town in Kansas and that does cost a little more.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

Lawrence is about to pass the 100,000 population threshold and I don't have any problems with 12 story buildings with one caveat. Don't be ripping down historic downtown buildings to build high rises like what happened in the case of the bank at 9th and Mass back in the day. In retrospect this building should have built somewhere else downtown. This development at the old JW print plant would be ok and maybe one at the other end across from the court house and possibly one at the 9th and Vermont parking lot. But whatever, please don't disturb the character of downtown by ripping the place apart and making it Anytown, USA.

On Editorial: Updated master plan a smart idea

Posted 18 December 2017, 9:04 p.m. Suggest removal

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

This 900 block of Vermont is great spot, centrally located. If you go for the mixed use residential building concept, please consider making this affordable housing. In other words housing for someone who would ride the bus. They could ride the elevator down and hop on the bus, Gus. This would be a good use of the two bond issues voted on last month, transportation and affordable housing. And just between you, me, and the wall, I'd love to see some affordable senior housing built downtown. I'd love to call downtown Lawrence home some day.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

That looks good. I thought they would put the hotel at the entrance to Mass but that's an improvement and a nice entrance to downtown. I hope someone is working on the other end at 11th and you would have two nice entrances.

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

I don't know what the city is proposing but it would make a good transit center. It's downside is being 3 blocks east and not in the center of downtown, but an Amtrak/Greyhound/K-10/ T/and KU On Wheels combo would be good for the city. It works in other places.

On Editorial: Depot project long overdue

Posted 10 December 2017, 6:48 p.m. Suggest removal

kansasexile (Mark Kostner) says...

I am sorry folks but there is no excuse for a Confederate flag in Lawrence. Besides the bleeding Kansas territorial sack of Lawrence by pro slavery forces there was the infamous Quantrill raid and massacre that was one of the worst acts of terrorism in our country's history. The guy should spend an afternoon in the cemetery contemplating.

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