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LouisvilleKY’s Butterfly Garden Helps to Heal our Pain of Loss

by John “Hans” Gilderbloom Every year, Compassionate Friends puts down bricks to remember friends and family members who have had their lives tragically shortened.  It is a very powerful approach to healing the heart but the scars on the heart are forever.  The theme of the garden is:  ‘you do not walk alone’. Many others in our community have experienced the same loss and fate with losing a loved one too soon.  This year about 150 people helped placed 42 bricks to remember a son or daughter, friend or worker. The Butterfly Garden will not bring back our children, but it might…


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The LouisvilleKY Legacy of Tom Owen and the Risky Future of the Highlands

Activist Gilderbloom Supports Terra Long in District 8 Metro Council race by John “Hans” Gilderbloom I love the Highlands. It has become the most dynamic and exciting neighborhood in Kentucky. However, some of the proposals that have been made by District 8 candidates would turn back our progress Please don’t let a candidate buy an election like Donald Trump is trying to do in the national election. Indeed, every Louisville neighborhood wants to be like the Highlands. We have the secret sauce. Tom Owen and his legislative aide have done a great job in making us happy, prosperous and safe. When we compare the Highlands to…


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Not a Problem — Metro Council Should Pass on Home Sharing Regulations

by John “Hans” Gilderbloom and Rick Redding A group of home-sharing opponents recently engineered an unwarranted attack on the ability of many Louisville homeowners to rent portions of their homes to out-of-town guests.  These attacks threaten income streams of more than a thousand middle-class homeowners who have joined millions around the globe in offering their unique spaces to visitors. The Metropolitan Housing Coalition and others have presented information not supported by research, and sought to block and/or put up roadblocks to home sharing homeowners. In fact, home sharing can lead to better and more affordable housing options. Home sharing is as tied…


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Gilderbloom: Why LouisvilleKY Residents have Shorter Lifespans

 Junk Science and Negative Impacts of Pollution By John I. “Hans” Gilderbloom and Gregory D.  Squires    What’s it like to live in Louisville, Ky.,  with one of the shortest lifespans in the U.S.? This fact may be unknown to most but it is frightening those whose lives are needlessly cut short. Longevity and the number of years of healthy life here in the state of Kentucky, the city of Louisville, and particularly neighborhoods like West Louisville are among the shortest in the nation.  Strongly associated with this these shortened lives is that these places have some of the worst…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Statue’s Limitations, Suddenbreakingnews, Jokes and Parties

As John Asher might tell you, it’s just eight days until the 142nd Run for the Roses, and we’ve already begun to celebrate. Here’s what’s worth paying attention to. Kentucky Name Drops: Exaggerator. Suddenbreakingnews. Nyquist. Creator. Mohaymen. To have some proper Derby conversations, learn that these are names of horses who will likely be in the Derby. 20 will start. Nyquist is the undefeated favorite. Buy a Racing form, or ask anyone for their opinion, if you want to know more. And listen to my interview with John Asher on the Rusty Satellite Show. No Joke – the Mark and…


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Gilderbloom Invites Candidates to O’Shea’s for Talk of Highlands Future

University of Louisville professor and Highlands resident John Gilderbloom has organized a Political Forum for Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 at O’Shea’s. By far the most interesting and hotly-contested race among the even-numbered Metro Council districts this spring is in District 8, where the beloved Tom Owen is stepping down. The race in District 4, where former Council president David Tandy is stepping aside, has attracted four candidates. University of Louisville professor John Gilderbloom asked bar owner Tommy O’Shea to open his Baxter Avenue restaurant up for a candidate forum on Tuesday, April 12. Gilderbloom doesn’t know yet if all…


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Déjà vu? Let’s Regenerate, Not Demolish Louisville KY’s Black Neighborhoods

By  John “Hans” Gilderbloom In the 1960 classic, Growing Up Absurd, social critic Paul Goodman wrote,  “A man has only one life and if during it he has no great environment, no community, he has been irreparably robbed of a human right.”  In Louisville a group of mostly white developers, OneWest, a spinoff of Leadership Louisville, is poised to forget the right each human being has to a great environment.  It is also the political arm of the Mayor of Louisville. Leadership Louisville’s tactics for revitalizing West Louisville have excluded the voices of those who invested in the community already–through…


Gilderbloom Racking up Praise for Two-Way Street Study

Dr. John Gilderbloom’s research on two-way vs. one-way streets, conducted partially on Brook Street in Old Louisvlle, shows that all sorts of statistics on living improve with the conversion. The study’s gotten the attention of scholarly journals and the Washington Post. Here’s an excerpt from the Post’s piece, headlined — Why One-Way Streets are Bad for Everyone But Speeding Cars, published April 17: In John Gilderbloom’s experience, the notorious streets are invariably the one-way streets. These are the streets lined with foreclosed homes and empty storefronts, the streets that look neglected and feel unsafe, the streets where you might find drug dealers…


Two-Way Street Conversion Makes Sense in Louisville KY and Beyond

by John Gilderbloom and William Riggs A year ago, The Courier-Journal published our op-ed on the positive outcomes of converting multi-lane one-way streets to two-way traffic flow, and the piece went viral. It became one of the top downloaded pieces by planners, elected officials and public administrators and sparked a movement for citizens to take back their streets. Regionally New Albany, Lexington, Covington, Newport, Indianapolis and Cincinnati are now having lively debates over which streets to convert for the purposes of regenerating central business districts and nearby historic neighborhoods. Mayors, police chiefs, council members, developers, community activists, and the media…


Louisville: Let Knowledge Serve the City—the poor need a win-win!

  This testimony is made by Dr. John GilderbloomCell: (502) 608-7567 jgilde02@sprynet.com and Wes Grooms, MUP (and Ph.D. Student) Cell: (202) 549-1779 charlesgrooms@gmail.com as individuals representing themselves and themselves only.   This testimony does not represent the opinion of the University of Louisville or any associated institutions.   We agree with the Council member(s) who have indicated that there will be a boom in local community spending with an additional $86 million in new spending by roughly 65,000 poor residents in Metro Louisville.   We urge you to make use of the highly regarded and award winning local university resources whose first…