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Furloughs and Gas, and a Tennis Movie

Hope you had a whole lotta weekend like I did. Mine was  highlighted by Sunday’s concert at Lakeside Swim Club by Mickey Clark. Thanks to Dr. John (Hans) Gilderbloom for the hospitality.  And congratulations to the WHAS Crusade for Children. It’s amazing how so many people tossing a few quarters in at red lights during a weekend can add up to $5 million. Now, on to the most important, or remarkable, stuff doing on this week: To Furlough, or not to Furlough: The Metro Council continues its budget hearings today, and members have been making news by making public their…


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Watch your step, Louisville!

Last month I learned that my hometown, Louisville, Ky, is at the bottom of the American Fitness Index – number 49 among 50 cities studied. And a few days later I found that Louisville is among the most dangerous midwestern cities for pedestrians, according to the Transportation for America study “Dangerous By Design.” I’m disappointed, but not surprised. I’m angry as hell. I’m embarrassed. I hope you are, too. Infrastructure too expensive? When I see our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges it makes me crazy. It’s like rubbing salt into a fresh wound when you realize that motorists are –…


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Casino Gambling in Macao, Singapore and…Louisville?

The upcoming general election for Governor is sure to bring the issue of casino gambling to the forefront yet again. There already appears to be some fracturing of the anti-casino GOP party-line stance when Republican primary candidate Bobbie Holsclaw called for the citizens of Kentucky to decide the issue via referendum. Surprisingly, GOP candidate David Williams’ running mate, Richie Farmer, publicly expressed the same sentiment. In the 2007 gubernatorial campaign, then-incumbent Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher took ownership of the anti-gambling argument and attacked then-Democratic candidate and current incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear’s desire to put the issue up for a general…


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No Simple Solution to Louisville’s Fitness Failure? I Disagree.

I believe Louisville, Kentucky can rapidly become a more prosperous, active and healthy place to live, work and play. A few policy changes and buy-in from public and private leadership can transform our city and surrounding counties. It starts with rolling out the red carpet for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, instead of throwing up roadblocks. Without spending a dime on infrastructure, we can get healthier and wealthier. In six months we can make a measurable difference. It takes action at the top, incentives, education, leadership, belief, positivity, connectedness, and the conviction that you can woo people away from the intoxication of gasoline fumes.


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Ride a bike. Take TARC. Walk. Drive a car if you must. But don’t miss it!

The latest American Fitness Index is out and Louisville is near the bottom again. As some people are quick to point out, there’s no single solution to our health problems. But I know of one simple solution that can bring us health and wealth. The Dutch discovered it more than half a century ago. See what a difference it can make in your everyday life. Ride a bike, walk and use transit systems as often as you can. Here’s a good place to start. Grace. Peace. Bicycle grease. PS: Remember, every lane is a bike lane. Share the road. Pedalaround…


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Louisville Cyclists to Honor Local Bike Advocate and Author Joe Ward

Joe Ward, a legend in Louisville and Bluegrass cycling circles, is in the middle of a bone marrow transplant procedure in Lexington.

As a show of love and support, local cyclists will ride to Lexington and Rally outside the Markey Cancer Center on Saturday, May 28. Here’s how you can be involved:


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Two Louisville Women Say Bike To Work Day, 2011 Is Better Than Morning Coffee!

Norma and Mary Lou tried the buddy system on May 20, 2011. They decided biking to work would be a great way to improve heart and lung health while saving money on gas. I caught up with them on their return trip Friday afternoon. They shared a feeling of exhilaration and accomplishment and decided commuting by bike is the way to go – at least in good weather. These two virgin bike commuters are typical of cyclists who find that once they get engaged in bicycling it’s very hard to quit. Grace. Peace. Bicycle grease. PS: Remember, every lane is…


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Raising (not razing), a Toast to Whiskey Row

  United we stand. Divided we fall. Right? A week has gone by since the announcement of the rescue and rebirth of Whiskey Row. In a photo-op that featured city and business leaders speaking of history, beauty and honor against the backdrop of architecture ravaged by neglect, the elements and finance, we witnessed the team that stood between the wrecking ball and a chance to show the world what a grand entrance one can make into Louisville,   It was a day of saving face in more ways than one. Peeled from the release distributed by Brown-Wilson Ventures–– The deal…


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Speed Plan features Trees and Green

Armed with a slide show and a movie, and some compelling facts, Dr. Charles Venable told a group of about 40 at the Breakfast of Champions meeting this morning that the Speed Museum has a goal of reducing asphalt and creating an Olmsted Park-like setting around the facility. Venable, the Speed’s director and CEO, showed a movie with images of a picturesque new look for the Museum, as imagined after a planned $79 million overhaul that will take at least a decade to complete.  Here it is: These things do take time, however. Venable said this plan was first proposed…


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Good Speed and Drunk Monkeys in Louisville

Just finishing up a great weekend, capped off by a fascinating talk by Charles Venable this morning at the Breakfast of Champions about the way the Speed Museum’s grounds are going to look in about a decade. I’ll write something about that shortly, but now, the news: Sports and the Future: I really wish I could go to this. Tonight in the Churchill Downs press box there’s a forum on the future of sports journalism with a high-powered panel — ESPN’s Pat Forde, the C-J’s Rick Bozich, Kent Taylor of WAVE and John Asher of Churchill Downs.  It starts at…