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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Head East to District 19’s Miller in Middletown

It’s Metro Council Friday and today District 19’s Jerry Miller steps up to the plate. His turf is  part of Jefferson County that goes from upscale shops to down-home gardening, coffee houses to cows, contemporary to historic in any given direction. District 19 flourishes along the path of 1-60, from Blankenbaker to Eastwood,  where a great number of  local, independent dining establishments are enjoyed as local traditions and make welcome guests from afar. Councilman Miller shares a few of his faves. My wife and I love to go restaurants serving good food that’s reasonably priced.  When I have a late…


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Preservation Rules Don’t Need Fixing

My friend John Gilderbloom makes some good points in this editorial he managed to slip into the Courier-Journal this morning. In regard to the Metro Council’s efforts to make major changes, and gain more control of, the process in which properties are designated to be preserved — Gilderbloom’s valid point is that if it ain’t broke, why fix it. It seems the effort by Council members to gain more control of the preservation process was prompted by an admittedly bad decision by local officials. That was the decision to designate the South End’s Colonial Gardens as historically signficant, which makes…


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Louisville Home Sales – Better than you might expect!

  In a month typically reserved for shoveling show and chipping at ice, Louisville home sellers are seeing their own small landslide of Home Sales. Bolstered by low interest rates and a lower than normal Louisville Housing Inventory (7578 as of this post), homes priced to sell are doing just that, Selling! Homes going under contract are up more than 16 percent over February 2011. The number of homes that actually closed was up over 10 percent over the same period. The numbers continue to point to a recovering housing market. Other good news for home sellers is the average…



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TGIF Local Lunch Post – A Dining Classic: Hole in the Wall!

What best defines a “hole in the wall” establishment is more about ambience than architecture. Easy access, casual, affordable and more often than not, a local best kept secret, are the things that inspire lunchtime traditions for many patrons. Other criteria might be the seating capacity,  a few table tops or perhaps just a counter. Some have that “Mayberry” appeal, others are more downtown. Awards for community sports teams on the wall, local publications on the counter, lively banter from weather to traffic, family news to politics is in the air. The one-on-one service with a smile on an owner’s…


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Louisville Real Estate Recovery!

Yea, Yea, Yea you may say it’s too early to tell if the housing market has really recovered. I’ll put my neck on the line out right now and tell you the worst of the home sale slump is behind us. Unless there’s a major shift in consumer interest in homes because of some future unknown event Louisville home sales in 2012 are back on track for much of our area. Here’s why: Louisville Home sales for January 2012 are up 12.5% over a year ago. The number of homes going under contract are up 14.2% over January of last…


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US 42 Road Diet for Dummies

A petition drive makes a variety of terrifying claims that the project will kill their businesses and bring chaos to Lower Brownsboro Road. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, projects like this one all over the world have resulted in the opposite results – a more lively business climate, smoother traffic flow and fewer traffic crashes.


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Forecastle Launches the 2012 Poster at Revelry

It was hard to describe the eclectic gallery and boutique,  Revelry, as a “space” on Saturday, Feb. 18, because there was so little of it. Yes, the reception was cool as it was hot. With the buzz of Forecastle X in the room, there was a lively mix of local friends, fans, volunteers, merchants, artists and sponsors who have supported J.K. McKnight over the past decade in his sea-worthy dream of a successful music, art and activism festival. Surrounded by art,  jewelry, gifts and other eclectic wares, the crowd was there to see one image in particular – the official…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – District 9 Offers Down Home to Around the World

Progressive and peaceful – a diverse neighborhood with village charm, District 9 has a lot to offer from commerce to culture and  in the last decade has become  a culinary destination for local residents and tourists alike. Landmarks such as the Peterson-Dumesnil House, events such as Taste of Frankfort Ave., the networking fun of F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop and the innovative independence of Crescent Hill Radio are just a few familiar elements of this district’s core. The hands-on Frankfort Avenue Business Association has its work and play cut out for them. Perhaps a motto such as “Come for the history, stay for the food” could arise? The TGIF…


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It’s Friday and This Can’t Be Good

This Can’t Be Good:When a press conference is called for 4 p.m. on a Friday, the news is never good. It’s usually something politicians want to see buried in the media. Today’s 4 p.m. news will come from Mayor Fischer “will report budget reductions to balance the current fiscal year’s budget.” Translation — If you’re expecting something from Metro Government, here’s when you find out you’re not getting it.” Ed’s On with Chris Thieneman: On Wednesday, Chris Thieneman, who may or may not be running for the 37th District Kentucky Senate seat, was a guest on Ed Springston’s online radio…