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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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An hour in and still boring…

It’s a Monday morning here and the rain is beating ceaselessly against my office window. The gray overcast sky that permeates the majority of winter doesn’t want to go away. I’m thinking to myself “maybe it’s just February.” Like any other drone I double-click over to the Internet and find this apropos quote from last night’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards: “It might be bad. It might be horrible.” This was said by actor James Franco before he and co-host Anne Hathaway MC’d last night’s Oscars. It couldn’t have been more spot-on. Hathaway kept up pretenses by being exuberant and begging…


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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…


Antonio Hart Blew Comstock Hall

I posted to my facebook page Friday night that Holly Brockman-Johnson let Antonio Hart play sax for her tonight. That, he did. Hart was in the ‘ville for UL’s annual Jazz Week. A last minute opportunity to interview him was presented to me so I hopped in the car with a friend who was driving him to and fro. Antonio Hart is cute. He wore a knit cap, cool glasses, an Eddie Bauer scarf … and the man, he’s skittish. I didn’t ask him too many deep, personal questions but that skittishness gave way to caution and then before we…


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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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Helms Braves ‘Cedar Rapids’

“That was awesome. Super awesome.” Starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anna Heche, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Stephen Root, Sigourney Weaver and Kurtwood Smith. Directed by Miguel Arteta Meet Tim Lippe (pronounced lip-ee). Lippe is as mild-mannered and squeaky-clean as they come – no alcohol, no drugs, no cursing, etc. He’s an insurance salesman for BrownStar Insurance in Brown Valley, Wisconsin. He lives alone in a small but nice house and his girlfriend is former teacher Macy Vanderhei (Weaver) who comes over once a week for sex. Tim exists in the small bubble of his comfort zone: has good relations with…



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Selling of Sex Draws a Crowd at Bellarmine

Bellarmine University brought in advertising expert Jean Kilbourne last night (she’d given a similar talk at U of L the night before) to talk with students about the dangerous world of advertising. Kilbourne is the real deal. Her resume includes a long list of citations in national media, her videos and books apparently sell very well, and she’s been called one of the three most popular lecturers on campuses across the U.S. And why not? Her subject matter is of interest to college kids — sex, drugs and alcohol. But mostly sex, and the way advertisers use it to persuade…