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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Bob Edwards-a man of few and powerful words

From  NPR’s “Morning Edition” to Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bob Edwards has been our voice of reason as well as the touch of broadcast genius. He’s on the radio, on the internet and on our minds. As a native  of Louisville, he always has a lot to say about his hometown and gives back to our city. He is not shy about bragging about the neighborhoods, rituals and history of Louisville. His reaction to the complicated issue down on Main Street, as Bob Seger would sing, is straightforward. The fact that my intro is longer than his comment is almost…


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Todd Blue’s Two Cents on the $50 Million Iron Quarter

History made Whiskey Row and now history will take it down. It went up one brick at a time and it’s going to come down a lot faster. Soon. Somewhere between a dream and a deal, Todd Blue wants to revive a block of Main Street to many times the strength it had a century ago as whiskey warehouse to nightclubs and office lofts… and then some. Restoring more than just buildings, and hopefully utilizing as much of the original iron, tile and other materials as possible, Blue and his current and soon-to-hired crews plan to return the block to a…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Jeff Noble Has Designs on the Future of the Row

Jeff Noble is a resident of Butchertown, a Legislative Aide to Councilman Brent T. Ackerson, senior political adviser to the Yarmuth for Congress campaign, longtime Democratic Party activist, and a local blogger at www.ohioriver606.blogspot.com. His first involvement to save a local structure was in 1979 when he opposed the demolition of the Will Sales Building at 4th and Liberty streets. His views are his own and should not be construed as anything other than his own. In a perfect world we would demolish the buildings saving only the facades; construct an open-air market on the 1st Street end to replace…


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Downtown: A Yum Complaint and Doc Crow’s

I hate to rain on the parade of civic and school pride as it relates to the University of Louisville’s phenomenal success as the home team at the KFC Yum Center, but all the prosperity has created a bit of a problem for the women’s program. The Lady Cards took care of Seton Hall, 59-49, in a game devoid of much excitement on the floor. U of L got an early lead and held it throughout against an abysmal 8-20 team before an announced crowd of 9,875 on Senior Day.  Mine and Luke’s favorite player, second-leading scorer Shoni Schimmel, played…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Jennifer Charles–New Architect on the Block

Born in Gloucester, Virginia, Jennifer Charles graduated college at the University of Virginia in 1992 before traveling across the nation to earn her Masters in Architecture at UCLA in 1999. There’s a world of history and design in between and that’s pretty much where she and husband Ed Charles, decided to settle. Right in the middle of everywhere here in Louisville. Published in LEO’s “Letters to the Editor” in the February 23, 2011 issue, the relatively new citizen to the Metro and downtown business owner asked questions of both Todd Blue and Greg Fischer. I asked if she had two…


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What can Blue do for you?

A recent spoof of the fluff piece published in Sunday’s Courier-Journal has been circulating. Just too good not to share ~ Todd Blue, Demolisher First Website:  brokensidewalk.com Song stuck in your head right now: (And the Walls) Come Tumbling Down by John Mellencamp and “Blow Up” by J Cole Phrase you repeat too often:  “It can’t be done” Phrase you would like to outlaw:  “It can’t be done” (unless it is an old building to be saved, then it really can’t be done.) First Concert:  Pink Floyd, the Wall Best Driving Music:  “Money” by Pink Floyd Book on night table…


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Yates on the Southwest: Library, Development are Big Issues

David Yates may be a bit naive, but he’s certainly enthusiastic about his new job as a member of the Metro Council. He is pushing to get the Southwest Library built, and believes that new restaurants and other business will come to Dixie Highway once some improvements are made. Take a look:



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King of the Caucus Takes the Heat on B&B Law

I showed up the Democratic Caucus meeting of the Metro Council on Thursday, just in time to hear some really bad singing of Happy Birthday for Tina Ward-Pugh. The Caucus meetings, though, are a way better way to hear what’s really going on, because it’s in the Caucus meeting that the real debate takes place before the cameras come on at the actual meetings. And yesterday the hot topic was the ordinance restricting what the 15 Bed & Breakfasts in town are allowed to do with their property. Most of these businesses operate quietly in Old Louisville, a point made…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Hal Heiner Constructs Some Thoughts

Hal Heiner served for seven years as Metro Councilman for District 19 and ran an impressively close race as the Republican candidate for Mayor in 2010. His charisma brought a light to the classically nebulous podium wherever he spoke. A hands-on community member, a civil engineer, a farmer, father and grandfather, Hal remains dedicated to Louisville. He has returned to his company, Capstone Realty which provides space for business as well as forging a new path in education. His new direction? “My current focus is learning about public education hoping to advocate for significant reform. JCPS is leaving a high percentage…