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Sep. 27th, 2009 | 05:59 pm
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The urban planners go to Louisville, Part One.


On the left: School on First St.; on the right: Under I-64 on the south bank of the Ohio River


My classmates and I spent 5 days in Louisville, checking out what does and doesn't work there and how to fix it. Folks from the metro council, planning department, arena authority, and other gubmint bureaucrats kindly shared information about the city and how they're trying to improve it, downtowns and all. Despite our belief that we are specialized, I think the conclusions about what Louisville needs to be a safer/better/acceptable-to-yuppies-er city are the same that any visitor would come to, so I won't detail that here. In brief: more transit! people living downtown! untangling the mass of highways to get to and from Indiana!

Not quite a 21st century Yankee jaunt and not quite an excuse to drink as much bourbon as possible, but something in between. BTW, if you are a Flickr friend of mine, you've likely seen all of these.







Humana Building and its street context



Building base. Totally wrong scale for the street, but it does give you the suspicion that Humana will fucking kill you if they feel like it.



University of Louisville riverfront arena under construction



Which was taken from a 23rd floor window. Yay nausea.



Tom Owen, Louisville metro council member and tour guide of the month :]



Bridge to Indiana. I intended to go over there and add to my Visited States List, but it just didn't happen.



Cast iron facades on Main St.



National City Tower, from the ground



The ground, from National City Tower



Muhammad Ali Museum. One of the first riverfront buildings that is really facing the river.


Next entry will include a bit more of the activities after we had massaged our sore necks from looking up so much.

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all these flavors & you chose to be salty

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from: cheesecaketart
date: Sep. 28th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
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untangling the mass of highways to get to and from Indiana!

Aww, what's wrong with it? Who doesn't love Spaghetti Junction? Hahaha, Louisville shoreline would be like, instantly less of an eyesore, let alone a headache, if they fixed that clusterfact.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 28th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Everyone we asked about it affectionately rolled their eyes. :]

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Mark

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from: mahka42
date: Sep. 28th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm noticed a highway running between the downtown and river...I wonder if they'll ever go the route of SF and knock it down? Our new Embarcadero has become quite the draw for restaurants and tourists.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Sep. 28th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
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It seems unlikely given that there is a heavier reliance on cars than most cities in the country. But it would give them an amazing waterfront space!

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why yes, i *do* like the sound of my own voice

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from: lucypevensie
date: Oct. 2nd, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
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I am now really curious about what you'd think of Kansas City. Or, like, anywhere else I've ever lived.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Well, if I can get a summer internship there or in any of these other places you speak of, you may find out. :]

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