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Old 04-19-2008, 04:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Well hubby has an interview in Topeka on Thursday (he already had an hour and a half phone interview with the firm). If he gets an offer and we accept we are looking at Topeka or Lawrence. So tell me about the area? We lived in Maize back in the mid to late 90's for 4 1/2 years. So we are not strangers to Kansas. Also, hubby graduated from K-State back in 1987.

Are there any new housing developements? What about Rentals for now? I am not finding much out there.

My greatest concern is being bored like we were in Wichita (Maize). Nothing really to do or see. Please tell me Lawrence/Topeka is better.

Okay, let me have it with your thoughts.

Oh, and he had an interview this past week in Seattle, so thats another possibility of moving to. We are hesitant with Seattle because of the cost of living being so high.

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Old 04-20-2008, 04:22 PM
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Topeka pretty much sucks, IMO, but Lawrence is very, very cool, and it's a half hour drive on a freeway from Topeka. Lawrence has a thriving natural parenting community and is a great community for raising kids - lots of parks (many pesticide free), lots of community activities for kids, very walkable, lots of community events.

For example, yesterday my daughter played the Mad Hatter in two performances of Alice in Wonderland at the Lawrence Arts Center, where she dances. There were about 25 kids in the show, ranging in age from 3 to 18. The bigger ones helped out the little ones, and there was a great audience of appreciative adults and kids. That same day was our Earth Day parade, and then our huge Earth Day celebration in the park. Oh, and before that was the big Farmer's Market - we have 4 a week, but the Saturday morning one is the biggest. All of this was in or near downtown Lawrence, and we easily walked from one activity to the next.

That evening we saw Kimya Dawson perform at the Granada, which was also great - it was an all ages show, and we saw a lot of Rain's friends with their moms.

The Lied Center on campus gets traveling shows often - in a week or two the Broadway musical Movin' Out is playing, and we might go. Because there's a large university here, there are always lectures and events happening, mostly free or cheap. There are also museums on campus. If you're willing to drive about 45 minutes, you're in Kansas City, and it has everything most big cities have to offer.

Housing is pretty cheap. We rent a two bedroom house for $600 a month - tiny house with a huge yard on the more run-down end of town, but we love it here - friendly neighborhood, quiet, two blocks from a huge wooded park.

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ETA: Many rentals in Lawrence run on a yearly lease starting on August 1, because that's when students generally move in and out, but you can often find a rental starting in June because many students want to leave in May and get out of their leases. Other times are harder, though. You might check criagslist, or www.larryville.com, or our local paper - www.ljworld.com.

 
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I feel a little awkward posting this after Dar's post, but I really don't think Topeka is that bad. Sure, most people who post on Mothering would prefer living in Lawrence, but (if given current gas prices, etc) you decided to live in Topeka, I think you'd find it to be a very family-friendly city. We actually live west of Topeka, but it's the closest city so we go there often. We like living here much more than we thought we would.

It has a birth center, a nice little zoo, a great AP group, an awesome library, great parks & rec. It has comparatively cheap housing from what I understand. It's close enough to Lawrence and KC that you can easily visit there for more fun stuff.

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I've lived in both, and I like Lawrence better. Topeka always feels old and dirty to me. Lawrence is great, especially when the students aren't there!
For Lawrence rentals, start early. They fill up fast.

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live in lawrence. definitely.
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I feel a little awkward posting this after Dar's post, but I really don't think Topeka is that bad.
It does have an awesome library - you're totally right! And yes, housing is cheaper there... I just really love Lawrence.

And Wichita, as far as I'm concerned, is kind of the armpit of the state. Every time I read about something horrible happening, like the toilet-seat woman or the people who stepped over the woman who had been shot at the convenience store or the BTK killer - it's always Wichita. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, because I've only been there twice, briefly, but it just really doesn't seem representative of Kansas to me.

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I was at the Kimya Dawson concert too! It was amazing, was it not?

Anyway, yeah, I live like 10 minutes from Topeka and I would definitely recommend Lawrence over Topeka for places to go, things to do, etc. I could spend days just going into the little shops on Massachusetts St (finally got a chance to go into Brits yesterday, it was nifty) and I love the natural history museum at KU. The parks are great, especially for picnics and whatnot. And, if you're into that sort of thing, it's very close to Legends open-air mall and the NASCAR speedway, in KCK.

Oh, one more great thing about lawrence...the ready availability of handmade goods and home-grown produce! I have some crazy allergies, so I buy all of my body-care products at The Merc on Iowa street. It is a grocery co-op store where you can buy a bit of ownership which gets you discounts and deals and whatnot. There is a farmer's market every wednesday and saturday morning (i believe) and there are bazaars and craft fairs multiple weekends during the summer.

Lawrence is glorious.
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Thank you! I am relieved the area is much better than Wichita. I was not a happy camper there.

From what hubby remembers about Topeka, Lawrence, he is definately leaning toward us living in Lawrence. It would be better for me because it would put us a little closer to KC (our daughter has special needs and we will need to go to KC Childrens or St. Louis Childrens/Shriners quite alot).

He leaves very early Wednesday morning and will be back Friday. I am hoping with all my being he has an excellent job offer in his hands when he comes home. I am scheduled for a c-section May 12th, so I could really use some good news right now.

Housing is a big concern. We know we will have to rent to begin with till we get our bearings straight. I just hope we can find a lease or sublease for a house in Lawerence. Otherwise, we may have no choice but to look for a rental in Topeka and permenent housing in Lawrence.

I will let you know!


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If your insurance will cover it, I definitely recommend Children's Mercy Hospital in KCMO. My brother had Cystic Fibrosis and was a regular patient there from age 9 to 20, and he passed away there. They were nothing but wonderful to us in every situation. Also, it is very child-oriented, with wonderful playrooms, gardens, a playground-type park, and a library.

Good luck! I hope you enjoy lawrence!
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My daughter has Lipomyelomeningocele, tethered spinal cord, neurogenic bladder and neurogenic bowel. She will need:

Pediatric Neurosurgeon (who specializes in tethered spinal cords)
Pediatric Urologist
Pediatric Neurologist
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Peditatric Gastroenterologist

Physical Therapist (which we would need close to wherever we live because she goes once a week).

Do you have any recommendations for these specialists?

Well he made it to Kansas! I just talked to him and he is on his way to the hotel. Tomorrow morning is the interview.

Now cross you fingers of for an acceptable job offer.

Oh and that I don't go into labor while he is gone.

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Lawrence is a college town; there is always something to rent here. I live on the East side, close to Dar. It's great.

Children's Mercy in Kansas City has an excellent reputation. You can look up all the information you need re: your child's practitioner needs on their website.

Good luck; I hope it goes well for your hubby and that you end up in Lawrence!
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The interview was today. He felt it went really well, but he didn't leave with an offer. Which is what I was hoping. That doesn't mean its not going to happen though... Sigh....

I hate being so pregnant and stressed.

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