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Can you believe it… Positive News for Louisville Home Sales!

Tonight there is some encouraging news for Louisville homeowners. New Louisville home sales numbers for January 2011 show the number of homes going under contract up some 14% over January of 2010. Not impressed, oh but you should be. Remember we had a first time and a move up buyers tax credit in effect last year. Add to that January weather was terrible! I can personally tell you it’s no fun slipping and sliding into and out of driveways and walkways. So 14% is a respectable number for homes going under contract. The rest of the news for Louisville homeowners…


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Exile on Main Street

For a city that should have a sense of place, it appears to be the reverse. This week’s broken, if you will, news about the green light for demolition of Main Street’s historic row, paints us with the burden of being a place with no sense. Oh, the irony? Oh…the Iron Quarter. I waded through the speech from Todd Blue on last night’s newscast, feeling not only waterlogged but also smelling of bullshit and decay. The first odor stemming from money and entitlement and the second stench belongs to the once-glorious city block of commerce and entertainment that greeted highway…


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Iron Quarter Resolution Good for Blue

My gut reaction to this — looks like Todd Blue gets his way.  The developer of the controversial stretch of buildings on Main Street, once envisioned as a huge retail complex, will get to tear down the buildings in 90 days.  The city will absorb up to $450,000 in cost to preserve the building facades, or build new ones that look just like the old. That’s the price Mayor Fischer says he’s willing to pay to stay out of a legal battle with Blue, who still has the option of selling the properties if he can find a buyer. This…



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Ongo – Media’s Next Failure

Ever since the dawn of the Internet newspapers have struggled to find a business plan that will work online. For me, it started in the late ’90s at Business First, where the publisher resisted the idea of putting content online, even though every other media operation was doing it. I was successful in campaigning for a work-related e-mail account, and we got access to the Internet. Eventually. Today is the launch of a site called Ongo, which for $6.99 will offer you access to some of the top newspapers in the country. You can see s0me of the same stories…


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AT&T.. are you kidding?

I just read the latest “AT&T Enhances Wireless Coverage in Downtown Louisville” Report. This must be a press release from AT&T’s PR division. So if this e-mail/blog post reaches at least one of them I’ll feel better: To all management at AT&T; you must be nuts. I used to be a supporter of AT&T. I ignored the reports of service problems in cities like San Francisco because I never had a major problem living here in Louisville. That changed 2 weeks ago. I’m told after almost daily calls to your company that at least 1 cell tower is having major…


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Dog-Gone it, A Super Bowl Tie Would be Great

We got off to quite a start to the week yesterday here at LouisvilleKYcom.  First, a brief post on a typo made at WLKY got picked up by the national sports blog Deadspin, and then several other national sites, so we are officially on the map.  And I had to remove my first comment for being too profane, and stupid. And then there were first posts by some of my favorite writers — musician Brigid Kaelin and journalist Jackie Bentley. And the coolest neighborhood reporter, the original Bon Air Observer, told us about the sordid murderous Rai family that owns…


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Travelodge on Bardstown RD no longer a Travelodge

 The Travelodge at 3315 Bardstown Road is no longer officially part of the Travelodge chain.   The national office of the Travelodge chain has confirmed this and is making effort to get its sign from the hotel. The 3315 Bardstown Rd location also no longer shows up in the database at www.travelodge.com. The automated answering system at this motel says that it is now the “Travel Inn.” A call to the hotel was answered on the second try and the base room rate is $45.99 per night for a room with a king-size bed. According to the Jefferson County Property Assessor…


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Politics and Footballs, and Political Football

Yes, there was a “light dusting” of snow. And JCPS didn’t call off classes. Packers-Steelers: Count me among those disappointed in the outcome of yesterday’s games, as I was hoping for a Bears-Jets SB XLV. The big game is two weeks away in Dallas. No local angle, really,  unless you count ex-Cards Jason Spitz of Green Bay and William Gay for Pittsburgh. Both teams, though, have huge local fan bases. I’ll be surprised if any local reporters cover it. I’m looking forward to the commercials. Speaking of which, how about those NFL TV ratings, which all may be ending after…


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Trader Joe’s… another reason to Love Louisville?

I’ll admit I’ve never been to a Trader Joes but I’ve heard plenty about them! In fact a roar of approval went up around my office today when we read that they might be considering Louisville as an expansion city. The two operative words here “read” and “might”. Now follow this…. The Courier Journal’s Chris Otts’ quoted a Business first story by John Karman that “Several sources, who asked not to be identified, have told Business First that the Monrovia, Calif.-based chain — one of the hottest retailers in the country — plans to bring a store to Shelbyville Road…