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Bring on the Stickhorses

Stickhorses? File that under the most bizarre nicknames for a professional sports team. But the Kentucky Stickhorses will be competing in professional lacrosse starting in January at Freedom Hall. Here’s the release from a press conference held today: LOUISVILLE, KY (September 27,2011)-The North American Lacrosse League announced today that their new team to play in Freedom Hall Arena starting in January is the Kentucky Stickhorses. The Stickhorses are the fourth team to be announced for the NALL’s 2012 season, and will compete against teams from Charlotte, Jacksonville, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Along with their name, the Stickhorses owner and team logo was…


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Some Original Thinking on Bridges

What if. . . the community’s leaders got behind a plan to build smaller, less expensive local-access bridges right now. Architect Steve Wiser has a plan that he says is do-able right now to help fix the area’s transportation problems. Wiser wants to build at least three local-access bridges, at $100 million each, that could be carrying traffic within five years. He’s holding a press conference Wednesday at the K&I Bridge, and hopes that some public officials, including members the Metro Council, will show up and listen. Wiser points out that crossing the Ohio River around here, even before the…


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Fairgrounds To use Technology to Rip You Off

Next time you go to the Fairgrounds, you might get the privilege of paying $8 to park through a machine. The state is paying some $3.2 million over 10 years to get the machines up and running in hopes of speeding your trip around Ring Road.  You’ll be able to use a credit card or cash. I think I’ll park over there behind the Cracker Barrel and walk in. Or try crashing the gate on my bike and see if the officials come up with an anti-bike rule, like they did for this year’s Kentucky State Fair. I’m not complaining…


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Where Else? — The Highlands Boasts Weirdness

A new mural just completed in the Highlands puts a label on the area — weird, independent and proud. The Highland Commerce Guild sponsored a contest to design the mural, with a $1,000 prize to the winning artists — Bryan Todd and Kirby Stafford.  The whole process, from Contest period to Mural completion, took about 3 months. There were 16 entries, and the painting took three days, with the paint donated by Dages Paint. It’s at the corner of Bardstown Road and Lucia. The Guild will host a mural reception party Sept. 30.


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FAILS – Kingdom and Social and . . .

Here’s a look at what’s happening around here from a glass-half-empty perspective: Who Will Save the Kingdom?: You have to admire Ed Hart for his efforts to save Kentucky Kingdom, the amusement park he’s working hard to re-open and the one it seems politicians in the state legislature seem determined to keep from happening. Hart issued a statement today, after he’s secured $29 million in private funding for the project (mostly from the Al J. Schneider Co.), saying basically that the foot-dragging of government officials has now made it impossible for the park to open next year. Still, Hart says…


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We’ve Got Your Bridge Info, Right Here

I heard Rebecca Jackson, in a press conference yesterday, say that all President Obama has to do this week is declare an emergency for our little bridge situation, and the construction will start immediately on the East End bridge. Jackson, who leads a group that has done anti-River Fields advertising, talked to media yesterday along with David Jones and Bill Samuels, and some Metro Council members. Jones has offered $10 million in a loan to get the project started. He made an appearance on Great Day Live! on WHAS-TV this morning, and said another $6 million has been pledged to…


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Economic and Financial Market Overview by 5/3 Chief Investment Strategist Today

This morning over breakfast a number of 5/3 business banking customers gathered to hear the bank’s chief investment strategist speak on the overall economic climate we are facing in the US. John Augustine, CFA, of 5/3 indicated that our economic output is at $14.5 Trillion and that there are 14 economies of the world over a trillion dollars in theirs. Our federal government represents about $4 Trillion of that total, or 27% of economic activity. China and Japan are respectively $5 Trillion economies each. China grew at a rate of 9.5% last year; we grew at about 1.5%. We are…


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Make it a PARKing Day

PARKING DAY: I’m glad to get behind this movement sponsored by Broken Sidewalk and the Urban Design Studio. Today, at seven spots around downtown,mini-parks will be set up in parking spaces. The idea is to call attention to the need for more urban greenspace, which is a pretty good idea. And if you’re so motivated you can ride your bike around to all seven of the designated spots. There’s a LOT going on this weekend, so much that driving all the way over to Lexington to see a couple of mediocre football teams play at Commonwealth Stadium seems a waste….


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A Place That’s Full of Ideas, Including a $10 Million One

Some Good, Bad, and Crazy Ideas: Can Money Buy Happiness, or a Bridge? David Jones is offering up $10 million if public officials will just agree to get started building an East End bridge. Nice gesture. Not gonna happen, even though Jones says construction could be completed in just two years. A List of Ideas: I like #s 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 on Brian Tucker’s list of radical, novel bridge ideas. Especially #6. Dismiss and divest of all power every single person sitting on the Bridges Authority board. Throw away all the studies, drawings, and opinions of…


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Kicking Up a Local Radio Ruckus: River Fields vs. WHAS

I made my monthly appearance on Joe Elliott’s radio show today, where we talked about, well, you guessed it. The Sherman Minton Bridge. Given that the Bridge isn’t going to be working anytime soon, it’s fascinating that a lot of people are getting comfortable with the idea of paying a toll to cross a bridge. It’s partially the realization that no bridge is going to be built without toll money. And that ferry idea? It’s got a long way to go, with just 58 people boating it the first morning.  The ferry option won’t take off without some serious marketing…