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Louisville, Let’s Do The Math

Kentucky earned a “C”, but our bridges and roads rated “poor.” Repair and replacement costs are estimated at $1.2 billion. Here’s where the math eludes me. We’ve got structurally deficient bridges with a $1.2 billion price tag. Meanwhile, today our state faces serious financial problems just keeping up with pothole repair. And Uncle Sam is in worse shape


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Amazing Ending in the Highlands

When the Amazing Grace Whole Foods store opened in the Highlands in 1995, it was about the only place in town to find many of its products.  There was not much of a healthy foods movement. But as Paul Koenig told me yesterday in his cluttered upstairs office, today you can get Kashi cereal at every Wal-mart, Target and Kroger in town. And that competition, as much as anything, is why he and his wife Andrea say they’re closing the store at the end of February. They say there’s little possibility that a new buyer will emerge, even though they…


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Budget Solution: Kentucky and West Virginia Merger

We all know the Commonwealth Of Kentucky has faced huge budget shortfalls over the past several years, and so have many other states. But look just to the east, and you’ll find a state considered, without a doubt, to be one of the epicenters of poverty in the United States. I speak of the beautiful state of West Virginia. I admit a love and bias toward the Mountain State since I was born there and lived there prior to my move to Kentucky almost 15 years ago. But I also know how much poverty lies within its borders. So, imagine my surprise and…


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Roundup: Why We’re Fat, Louisville

You feeling it? Warmth, sunshine. Coming this weekend. Meanwhile, you should, but won’t, attend the Car-Free Happy Hour tonight at Browning’s. Here’s some top hits from the news. . . Big Daddy on Whiskey Row: Greg Fischer is not going to take my suggestion and make Todd Blue offer Frank Faris a spot for a new Ginny’s Diner on Whiskey Row. But couldn’t he at least not write in the deal that Blue can operate a parking lot there for 5 years? Or say that if does, that Blue himself has to stand out there in the street waving cars…


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New Crack in Cracker Barrel Plan

Something else has come up in developer Chris Thieneman’s quest to bring Valley Station residents a new Cracker Barrel, and what eventually happens could escalate or cool off a long-simmering feud with city government. After years of having his Dixie Highway development plan blocked by neighbors, Thieneman last month finally brought his plan for Cracker Barrel to a successful approval at the Metro Planning Commission. At that point, the only obstacle would be an objection from neighbors, and two promptly filed their intent to protest the approval, setting back the plan for months, or years. But Thieneman persuaded the neighbors,…



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Amazing Grace in Highlands Closing Soon

Grace Carswell is still Amazing after all these years, although she has not been part of the Amazing Grace  Whole Foods market since 2006. After splitting with husband and business partner, Paul Koenig, both the store and its creators have gone through some changes. When they opened the store at 10:30 a.m. on June 17, 1995, Grace may have had thoughts about the positive impact such a business would have on the city; but I doubt she ever thought it would close its doors this soon. The latest news is the store will shut down by the end of the…


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Getting Angry in 87th-Ranked Louisville

The only thing spreading to Clarksville is fear. As you probably expected, the new Louisville no-nudity ordnance has the self-righteous crowd in Indiana rocking the Fear Machine and renewing a fight against adult superstore Theatair X in Clarksville. Logic might suggest that adult businesses will set up across the River, so yesterday the fear-mongering ROCK group held a meeting. And WHAS-TV cameras obliged them, repeating at least one unfounded claim, which is really a pretty funny one — “They call Theatair X a bully in the sex industry – where gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, and HIV/AIDS thrive. They say it’s a…


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Louisville: Nudity-Free Since Just Now

Welcome to another dreary winter’s day in your newly nudity-free city. 56 degrees this weekend, so hang on and tune up the bike. And there’s some good news in here somewhere. Hogan’s Hope: That money the city got from the Readers’ Digest contest (ok, it’s just $1,000) will be going to the Save the  Hogan’s Fountain effort to preserve the teepee. Also, Tammy Madigan, the group’s organizer, says that the local band Hogan’s Fountain will be donating proceeds from iTunes sales of its song “Shine Your  Light on Me” to the effort. All .99 cents, Every little bit helps. Local…


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Deja Vu All Over Again – Louisville Goes Prude

When the National Farm Machinery Show arrives in town next week, some good ‘ole boys are in for a rude awakening. Because the traditional trek to Trixie’s may not be happening, and if it does, the boys won’t be getting their usual peek at a womsn’s ta-ta’s at the same time hoisting a cold beer. And if it’s still open, Trixie’s will be closing its doors at the early hour of 1 a.m. That’s because the city is scheduled to start enforcing its No Nudity ordinance tomorrow.  It effectively puts 25 local businesses employing more than 300 tax-paying citizens out…