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Solicitation of Interest issued for redevelopment of LouisvilleKY’s Heritage West

Photos from West Louisville Community Council’s Website Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer joined Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and members of the West Louisville Community Council (WLCC) today to announce that the city has issued a Solicitation of Interest for the redevelopment of Heritage West in the Russell neighborhood. The city seeks a unique proposal to create and implement an innovative and sustainable development plan for the property located at 3029 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. “Heritage West represents 24 acres of opportunity. When we originally purchased this property in 2013, we knew it was ideal for redevelopment,” said the Mayor….

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A slightly bit of better news for LouisvilleKY’s crime rates

Louisville, Ky., – Louisville’s strategy for reducing violence in part by focusing on high-crime areas is showing progress, including a 13 percent reduction in aggravated assaults, 16 percent reduction in burglaries and 29 percent drop in robberies in those communities. Speaking today to Metro Council, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad also cited a 49 percent increase in arrests over the past three months in the neighborhoods where violent crime has been highest, as well as a 50 percent increase in citations issued; and 58 percent increase in self-initiated police activity. He also noted that police have confiscated 207 guns…

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Property tax rates down slightly in LouisvilleKY

  LOUISVILLE, KY (August 10, 2016) – Louisville citizens will see another slight reduction in their property tax rates this year, Mayor Greg Fischer and Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt announced today. “The rate reduction reflects a continued strong real estate market consistent with our locally expanding economy,” Frockt said. The Metro real property tax rate that applies to the entire county will move from 12.54 cents per $100 assessed value to 12.45 cents, which amounts to a 90 cent savings for every $100,000 of assessed property value. A property tax ordinance filed Monday with Metro Council leaves the Urban…


In District 8, Brandon Coan Edges Reily and Five Others

The margin was 116 votes. He got 24 percent of the Democratic vote in the primary, 2,275 individuals who helped Brandon Coan edge Stephen Reily in the most hotly-contested and expensive, Metro Council race in, maybe ever. The margin didn’t matter at the Monkey Wrench last night, as more than a hundred supporters anxiously awaited the official word, which came shortly after 7. From the time votes started coming in, it was evident that despite the presence of five other candidates, this race would come down to the former Greg Fischer aide and the wealthy businessman and philanthropist who raised…

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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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Ambitious Move Louisville Plan Would Reduce Miles and Fix Infrastructure

Mayor Fischer unveils 20-year multi-modal plan for LouisvilleKY Move Louisville will guide infrastructure improvements and mobility options LOUISVILLE, KY (April 14, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled Move Louisville, the city’s 20-year multi-modal plan, during the Regional Mobility Summit hosted by the Transit Authority of the River City (TARC). Move Louisville takes a holistic approach to the city’s transportation system, which is a $5 billion asset that includes roadways, sidewalks, bike networks and trails. The top two priorities identified in the plan are fixing and maintaining the existing infrastructure and reducing the number of miles that Louisvillians drive by providing…


LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Taking it on the Road to Phoenix

Hello from Arizona – I miss you guys. But it’s also great to be the tag-along guest at a conference, as I’m here in Phoenix with Paula, enjoying great weather, food and sights. My only complaint so far — In Phoenix, the airport blocks Uber/Lyft pickups, and the only ground transportation we could find for our 2-mile ride to our hotel was a cab with a $15 minimum. And then the driver expected to pocket the change from a $20 on our $16 fare (it took 5 minutes), not even offering change. Cab companies like these are hanging on to their…


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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Louisville Ky has some extra money in its coffers thanks to a budget surplus

  Mayor Fischer announces Louisville Metro Government ends fiscal year with $18.9 million surplus   LOUISVILLE (December 15, 2015) – Citing sound fiscal policies, experienced management and strict budget adherence, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville Metro Government ended fiscal year 2015 with a surplus of $18.9 million.  The surplus represents $6.3 million in increased revenue and $12.6 million in expense savings, which reflect efficiencies in government, the mayor said. “This is a good government — and an improving economy —at work,” Fischer said. “Department directors held the line on their budgets, working to ensure that every one of…

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New Louisville Business fair planned to aid minority and women owned business in Metro Louisville

Louisville – President David Tandy (D-4) announces an important opportunity for small businesses in the Metro Louisville area to connect with larger corporations in an effort to promote their businesses and services at the Louisville Metro Diverse Business Fair set for Tuesday, October 13th. “The goal of this Fair is simple: give minority and women owned business owners a place to meet with our large local corporations and other entities to see if relationships can be built which could lead to business deals that allow for these small businesses to grow and create well-paying jobs,” said Tandy. “Any time we…