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Name That Neighborhood.

Grab a sheet of paper, and match-up each Lawrence neighborhood with the correct characteristic. When you’re done check to see how well you did from the correct answers below. Good luck!


1. Old West Lawrence

2. East Lawrence

3. North Lawrence

4. West Lawrence

5. Pinkney

6. Oread

7. Barker 



A. Laid-back, residential, and riverside

B. Suburban and modern

C. Artsy, eclectic, and historic

D. Energetic, near campus, and lively

E. Quiet, residential, and affordable

F. Convenient, historic, and community-focused

G. Historic, charming, and community-oriented

Correct Answers


Old West Lawrence (1G)

Character: Historic, charming, and community-oriented
Old West Lawrence is known for its beautiful, historic homes dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The neighborhood is filled with tree-lined streets and well-preserved Victorian, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival architecture. Residents enjoy a strong sense of community and participate in various neighborhood events. Proximity to downtown Lawrence adds to its appeal, making it a favorite for those who love historic charm and convenience.


East Lawrence (2C)

Character: Artsy, eclectic, and historic
East Lawrence is a culturally rich and diverse neighborhood known for its artistic and bohemian vibe. The area features a mix of historic homes, artist studios, and local businesses. The Warehouse Arts District, a hub for local artists and galleries, is located here. East Lawrence residents value the neighborhood’s inclusivity and active community engagement, with frequent cultural events and festivals.


North Lawrence (3A)

Character: Laid-back, residential, and riverside
North Lawrence is situated across the Kansas River from downtown and offers a quieter, more laid-back atmosphere. The neighborhood is known for its spacious yards, single-family homes, and proximity to nature, with access to the river and parks. It’s a great area for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Despite its tranquil setting, it’s just a short drive or bike ride away from the city’s bustling downtown.


West Lawrence (4B)

Character: Suburban and modern
West Lawrence is a growing suburban area that offers newer homes and plenty of amenities. The neighborhood features a variety of housing options, from single-family homes to townhouses and apartments. West Lawrence is known for its well-maintained parks, shopping centers, and dining options. It’s a popular choice for those looking for a comfortable, suburban lifestyle.


Pinkney (5F)

Character: Convenient, historic, and community-focused
Pinkney is one of Lawrence’s oldest neighborhoods, offering a mix of historic and mid-century homes. Its central location provides easy access to downtown, the University of Kansas, and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The neighborhood has a strong community spirit, with local parks, schools, and annual events fostering a close-knit atmosphere. Pinkney is ideal for those who appreciate historic charm and central convenience.


Oread (6D)

Character: Energetic, near campus, and lively
Oread is located directly adjacent to the University of Kansas and is known for its energetic atmosphere. The neighborhood is home to many students, faculty, and university staff, with a mix of rental properties and historic homes. Oread’s location offers easy access to campus facilities, downtown entertainment, and sporting events. The neighborhood is always bustling with activity, making it perfect for those who thrive in a lively, academic environment.


Barker (7E)

Character: Quiet, residential, and affordable
Barker is a quiet, residential neighborhood with a mix of modest single-family homes and rentals. Known for its affordability, Barker is popular choice for many. The area features tree-lined streets, local parks, and a strong sense of community. Its central location provides convenient access to both downtown Lawrence and the University of Kansas. 

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