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LouisvilleKY receives AARP grant to begin improvements on the Ninth Street corridor

Louisville, KY., – Louisville Metro Government has been awarded a $10,550 AARP Community Challenge grant to begin making tactical improvements on Ninth Street, specifically at Muhammad Ali Boulevard. The grant is part of the AARP Livable Communities Initiative, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural areas to be livable and safe places for residents of all ages. The grant funds quick action projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability. Mayor Greg Fischer welcomed the AARP grant. “My administration is committed to breaking down the 9th Street divide by bringing more city and private…


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LouisvilleKY’s strong economy, sound management leads to positive credit ratings from ‘Big 3’ agencies

Louisville, KY., – Three nationally recognized credit rating services are citing Louisville Metro’s strong economy, sound management, and budgetary flexibility as the basis for again granting positive bond ratings. The new acknowledgments from “The Big Three” credit agencies — Fitch Ratings, Inc., Moody’s Investors Service, and Standard & Poor’s — strengthen Metro’s position to invest in the city. The investments complement the $11 billion in capital investments since 2014 from other sectors to further grow the local economy. “We’re seeing economic momentum that’s unprecedented in Louisville’s modern history, fueled by public and private investments in every corner of the city,…


Louisville Prepares for 2nd Major Snow, Bitter Cold

Mayor urges citizens to clear sidewalks, TARC bus stops Parked cars should be removed from major snow routes by 6 p.m. today LOUISVILLE (March 4, 2015) – As city crews prepare to tackle another major winter storm, Mayor Greg Fischer is urging citizens to do their part to help the community get through this latest snow and ice.   According to meteorologists and the National Weather Service, a significant amount of snow – 7 to 11 inches – is headed toward Louisville. As soon as the snow starts, the nearly 300-person Snow Team will be out salting and plowing, working in 12…


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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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A Good Start, Greg

Mayor Greg Fischer made the first solid decision in getting the city’s budget fixed yesterday. He announced he’s laying off 20 business managers, out of 81, in order to save $1 million. If you believe the $22 million budget deficit figure he’s tossing around, then he’s just got another $21 million to go. The important thing is that the move is a sharp contrast from how Jerry Abramson would have handled the budget shortfall. With Mayor Jer, there would have been an announcement about all the ways he was saving money in order to avoid layoffs. He treated the city’s…


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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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It’s March Badness Time

Welcome to Spring in the City. It’s about time. I know your NCAA brackets are busted, but please, don’t bother telling me how you had Richmond and Marquette in the Final Four.  I’m only interested in watching Jimmer at BYU against Florida Thursday night. Cats fans have to stay up late Friday to watch Ohio State send them home from New York. Tip is at 9:45. Cards Advance: Shoni Schimmel’s team won an NCAA Tournament game in Cincinnati, whipping Vandy 81-62. The Lady Cards get 2-seed Xavier Tuesday night. It’s on ESPN2. Pitino’s New Job: I loved the way local…