Another Morning Of Mayoral Announcements

Three University of Louisville Board of Trustees committees will meet today at noon at the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The meetings start at noon with the finance committee, personnel and academic and student affairs. [Press Release]

A report says the Iron Quarter buildings on Main Street are still salvageable. It’d be major for this city to see those buildings rehabbed in a responsible manner. [Broken Sidewalk]

Greg Fischer is holding a press conference today at 10:00 A.M. to make a “very brief stand up media announcement.” According to the Fischer camp, he will announce plans for “open, honest and transparent government.” Unfortunately for him, his campaign staff didn’t take note that the Bridges Authority is meeting at that exact time. And since it’s before the afternoon news crews come in? Teevee cameras will be spread thin. [Press Release]

The story about the Mint Jubilee and Chris Thieneman is great for UofL, not so great for the mayoral candidate. [WLKY]

This guy says he was too drunk to remember getting $70,000 on credit from a casino. And we’re supposed to believe him. [C-J]

SEIU Local 181 (it’s super-small) endorsed David Tandy for mayor yesterday. “David Tandy is a progressive, independent Democrat who has spent his entire career in the Metro Council standing up for working families in Louisville,” said John Wientjes, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 181.  “He provides Louisville with the best opportunity to continue moving forward and to address the challenges we face.” [Press Release]

Some fancy Kentucky playwrights will be at Carmichael’s on March 7th at 4:00. All the more reason to buy locally. [Consuming Louisville]

Guess which tall reporter, who formerly worked in Louisville, will be returning to his old station that isn’t WHAS or WLKY here in the city sometime soon? [Fancy Media Rumors]

Can you imagine what life would be like if our local officials acted like this guy from Whitley County? [Page One]

8 thoughts on “Another Morning Of Mayoral Announcements

  1. Tandy was endorsed by 11 guys with total assetts of $1800 and some change.

    Why in the hell wasn’t there a parade?

  2. The Iron Quarter situation is interesting because in some ways it’s no different than the Frank Ferris house situation, other than Todd Blue’s money and influence.

    While the block obviously has more architectural value than the house on Frankfort Avenue, you have an owner who purchased the property because they felt the future value outweighed the current value and as such, are going to drag their feet with regard to doing something with the property. Meanwhile, the block is a physical menace to the surrounding area.

  3. It’s a lot different.

    Frank wants to expand his parking lot. The folks downtown actually want to use the property for something worthwhile.

  4. Where did I say tear it down Steve? As someone who looks at properties daily, the rate of degradation of abandoned buildings is startlingly rapid. Especially if water intrusion is not controlled. Obviously there’s a physical risk, or they wouldn’t have placed a fence around the property.

    I am a huge proponent of preservation but the challenge is typically a financial one. I would support a program to identify at-risk properties and help mothball them to buy time until a financially viable solution is found.

    My only point in comparing this situation to the Ferris deal, is that both cases the properties have been allowed to degrade to such a poor level (obviously, due to far different circumstances) that they have become more and more difficult to preserve from a financial situation. You have to be able to recoup the cost of the rehabilitation costs to make these projects viable.

    As such, the community or owner’s (in Todd’s case) desire to preserve at least some of the original structural, is becoming more and more difficult to execute. As such, it’s a difficult balance of owners’ property rights and the community’s interest in preserving a valuable cultural asset and protecting the safety of community.

    This is a real tough one if a viable development plan is not found quickly.

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