Let Me Be Biased For A Few Minutes Today

Check this bit from Phillip Bailey’s latest in LEO:

NuLu is a movement that embodies the message of sustainable living, and the district’s crown jewel is the Green Building.

Originally built in 1891, the building was renovated by local filmmaker and businessman Gill Holland, along with his wife, Augusta. The couple transformed the structure, making it an environmentally conscious building that includes 732 Social, office space, a record label and multiple event rooms. In an interview with LEO last week, Holland confirmed that they have received LEED Platinum Certification, making the Green Building the first commercial building in Kentucky to achieve that goal.

The business leader believes the area is now primed to pick up where it left off before the recession.

“A lot of things didn’t go as fast as they could or would have, but things are moving methodically forward,” Holland says. “I feel this was the one area of town that kept momentum during the last two years. Maybe it wasn’t full speed ahead, but it was still speeding ahead.”

Holland notes that the euphoria in the district is due to more than just his award-winning renovation project, and he credits the businesses and neighborhood association’s strength as a group. Successful networking has educated people about the importance of supporting local and family-owned businesses.

Click here to read the entire story. And note the bits about how housing is really out of reach for most Louisvillians when it comes to dowtown.

But that’s MAJOR news on the green front. MAJOR.

5 thoughts on “Let Me Be Biased For A Few Minutes Today

  1. No comments yet? I did like that comment about downtown housing – the cost is simply out of the ballpark for most people. I actually would like to live downtown, but when a condo with a single parking space costs twice as much as my house, with less square footage, it makes no financial sense. (Particularly with a condo fee on top of it.) I took a tour of those other new condos, I’ve lived in apartments with as much room and a nicer view, and a whole lot cheaper. They did have nicer bathrooms, though.

  2. We’ve gotten tons of comments. But they’re all nasty, hate-filled rants about “the jews” and “fags” living downtown. And how gentrification efforts downtown are a waste of time.

  3. Jake, in my “rant”–if you could call it that–I did not mean to insinuate that downtown gentrification efforts were a waste of time, simply that Nulu has taken the notion of gentrification (already touchy with current/former residents resentful of newcomers) and amplified it by 1000. In my mind, I am all for all the efforts that have taken place on Market Street; they are on to something that will probably prove to be a great thing for the city of Louisville. But in my heart, I wish that people were a little more measured and less boastful about it.

    I am not one of those against downtown living…I lived there myself until moving away one month ago. I am pro-downtown and can’t stand anti-progressive folk that think everyone should hole up in the burbs. But don’t censor or unfairly label people as ranters…out-of-touch gentrifiers should not be above mindful criticism.

  4. First point: There was nothing but a funeral home, really, on East Market until recently.

    Second: Rant? There are about 40 comments sitting in moderation. Don’t see yours.

  5. Okay, that’s fine. Mine still shows up as ‘in moderation’.

    I’m just kinda relieved that you didn’t lump me into some backwards, bigoted group.

    Reducing East Market, pre-all-this-Nulu stuff, to just a funeral home is doing a huge disservice to Joe Ley antiques, Muth’s Candies, and surely a few others I don’t even know about. Just because there was nothing to incite you to visit does not mean there was ‘nothing’.

    That’s a mentality that I really don’t disagree with (East Market is MUCH more vibrant…and your funeral home example is apt, if somewhat narrow) however, I think we owe it to others (who don’t necessarily have the means to rehab old buildings to LEED standards and celebrate them) to at least be somewhat humble in all the chest-thumping PR. The world (and the East Market corridor) existed long before rich folks started niche businesses in old storefronts.

    And on top of all that…there is no real affordable, downtown housing. And the greener East Market gets, the more ‘green’ it will take to live around it.

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