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More Trouble in Planning

Tomorrow marks the third meeting of the committee set up by Mayor Fischer to review the city’s Planning and Design Services department. And there’s plenty of disagreement, as usual, between developer interests and those who represent neighborhoods and preservation interests. Since the Mayor appointed eight members to the committee in February, ordering a top-to-bottom review, two members have been added. One is Deborah Bilitski, a Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs attorney and former Planning Commission representative. The other is Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh. Steve Porter, an attorney who represents neighborhoods, said the main areas of conflict are over the roles of…


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WeatherTalk is the Talk of the ‘Ville

I’ve been raised on weather talk. As innocuous as it may seem, for country folks in Kentucky, it was not only a social ice-breaker but a necessary element of daily life. Weather provided all the best reasons for sweet tea on the porch glider, back in the day at my grandparent’s house in Russell Springs, Kentucky; colorful aluminum tumblers filled with icy Lipton brew with condensation dripping down the side. In the winter, it was pretty easy to predict hot cocoa in the kitchen most any time after October. Sure, there where days with snow but off to class we…


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Alby in Tokyo: Trying to be Normal

I shared a note from Albrecht Stahmer a while back. He’s the Louisville native now living in Tokyo, who also happens to be involved in bringing an NBA team to town. As you can read here, his perspective on the situation there is not so bad, and he’s certainly not panicked. And I’m hoping he does make his regularly-scheduled flight back here, where he’s part of a big event involving the NBA. Reading Stahmer’s piece, it’s evident that there is misleading reporting coming from mainstream media. Here’s the latest from our man in Japan: Earthquake:   Aftershocks continue, but the notion…


Heart Centered Event!

In this town we host many leading edge events like the IdeaFest and Festival of Faiths. We are also blessed to have  the Festival of Healing and Spiritual Awareness organized by Virginia Gilpin from Bardstown, Ky. Before coming back to Louisville I don’t believe I ever attended this kind of event. I’ll admit I was a little skeptical. A good sense discernment is of great value. And now that I have “cased the joint” for you, I am saying “come on down!”. Many great offerings for sessions, readings and products. The line up of speakers and topics is outstanding –…


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Hanging on a Street Corner with my Local Councilman

Living in a nice, friendly neighborhood is great, but I often forget how many of us still hole up in our homes, giving barely a nod to acknowledge passers-by or other neighbors. It’s not as bad as when I lived in New York, but it’s still easy to live anonymously — or at least pretend that you are. This morning I had a nice reminder that we share our living areas. I was out with a cup of decaf (watch out, world!) gathered on a street corner at 7:30 am with several neighbors and our friendly Councilman, the ubiquitous Tom…


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Weather Forecast is Wrong Again

I’m not sure which local weather outfit to pick on first. I usually get all the weather news I need by looking out the window. I actually make an effort not to watch the weather portion of local TV. My channel flipping habits are to move on to another station every time I see another spot for a personal injury lawyer or the weather. I am aware that stats show that weather is very popular among viewers, and that ACTUAL severe weather merits the lead story on a newscast. But yesterday I was hearing about the impending storm ALL DAY,…


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Really Mayor Fischer? Daryl Owens on the Merger 2.0 task force?

Last week on March 18, 2011 Mayor Fischer named the rest of the merger 2.0 task force.  On this bipartisan task force he named two pre-merger, former Jefferson County Fiscal Court members: Daryl Owens and Delores Delahanty.  I had to laugh that Delahanty and Owens were named to the task force. There may be some question as to why I am writing on this now–after all this was last weeks news?  I offer the excuse that I was out of town, I had to get caught up with the news. My vacation pack from our major daily was a little…


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It’s Spring! But Remember, This Is Louisville, Ky!

This year, instead of checking your Blackberry for weather updates, get outside each day and see if you can tell which of the cold snaps we’re in – locust, redbud, dogwood, blackberry, linen britches, or whippoorwill. And at least until Derby, hold off planting tomatoes or storing your long sleeves away.


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Spring! on Stony Brook

There’s a stretch of Stony Brook Drive, between the Cinemas and Six Mile Lane, where the rows of Dogwoods in bloom are just amazing. They only stay this way for a day or two.  I noticed it last year, and came back the next day and the blooms were gone. So I stopped to take a picture this time.


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Rape, Cleveland, Texas, and Louisville.

What can we learn from this? What does this have to do with Louisville? Like every city, we have our crime. We have a considerable number of people that are more vulnerable to crime. We have sections of town where crime is more likely to happen. But how do we tend to respond? I cannot count the number of times people, intending to impart advice designed to help keep me safe, have said, “oh, stay out of Portland. That neighborhood is dangerous.”  “You shouldn’t go out (at night) by yourself. It’s dangerous.”  “You shouldn’t ever get toasted at a bar!”…