Main Street Association On The Iron Quarter

The Main Street Association sent a letter to the AKN/C-J, Greg Fischer, Todd Blue and Metro Councilcritters to reaffirm its 2010 position regarding the Iron Quarter buildings.


Couldn’t find the letter anywhere on the paper’s website, so let’s just dig in:

In light of the recent announcement concerning the agreement reached between Mayor Greg Fischer and Todd Blue as to the future for the Iron Quarter Buildings located between 105 and 119 West Main Street, the Main Street Association (“MSA”) feels compelled to reaffirm its position on the importance of saving the facades of the buildings. On May 11, 2010, the MSA approved a motion stating that, at a minimum, the facades of the buildings located along the 100 block of West Main Street be preserved with continuing development to follow. The motion was made in an effort to abide by our mission statement which is to promote and advocate for the uniqueness of the neighborhood and the diverse historic, commercial, architectural, cultural, residential and educational assets of Main Street.

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In order for the City to continue to grow and become an ever more vibrant community, its leaders, developers and citizens must work together to protect our treasured architectural and historic assets while, at the same time, supporting opportunities to redevelop properties in a financially responsible manner.

The Iron Quarter presents a real and significant opportunity to move this community forward and to take advantage of the extraordinary business development currently occurring near the KFC YUM! Center. Ensuring that the Iron Quarter is not turned into a parking lot should go without saying. Louisville’s downtown maintains some of the most beautiful architecture in the United States, but year after year we see this architecture being turned into surface parking lots so as to avoid the hard work and effort that goes into bringing landmark properties back to life.

Developing a downtown is not like developing a suburban area – people want density and continuity in a downtown; turning the Iron Quarter into a surface parking lot stands in direct contrast to this notion.

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Unfortunately, the citizens in this community find themselves again scratching their heads at the decision made by its leadership.

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We implore Todd Blue and Mayor Fischer to reconsider their agreement and try everything in their power to think for the community – either preserve these beautiful buildings, or at the very least the facades, or sell the buildings to someone who is interested in doing so for Louisville and its future!

Click here (Warning: PDF File) to read the letter in its entirety.

And then ask yourself what the heck kind of jacked up situation this city has gotten itself into the past few years.

These secretive, non-transparent backroom deals are everything Greg Fischer campaigned against. They’re everything that’s wrong with this city. It’s a real shame we can’t move forward when we need to. A real shame the self-professed change agents are just as misguided and ridiculous as the folks we wanted to get rid of.

What was that, again, about me being wrong about Greg the past few years? Yeah, about that…

Looks Like Judy Green’s Pants Are Sagging Again

Want a copy of Rand Paul’s new book about the Tea Party and his ascension to Jim Bunning’s former U.S. Senate seat? Then enter to win. I’ve got buncha copies to give away. Today’s the last day to enter. [Page One]

This evening at 6:30 P.M. UofL student Brett McGrath – with the United Nations Association – USA Louisville Chapter – will present his trip to Palestine in a talk called “Universal Decimation of Human Rights in Palestine.” It’s at the Egan Leadership Center at 901 South Fourth Street. RSVP to TeenaHal@aol.com. Should be interesting. [Press Release]

Gatewood Galbraith doesn’t care for mountaintop removal. Because most folks with common sense don’t care for it. [WFPL]

We’ve pointed this out twice in the past (like here). But it’s happening again. Yesterday Steve Beshear ONCE AGAIN took credit for Senate Bill 1 – despite working against it for an entire year. His office even sent out press releases about how awful it was while crazy Vicki Glass was still in charge. [Head – Desk Moment]

Finally! The take-home police car nightmare could be over for Louisville Metro Police Department officers. Funds could be returned soon. [LMPD.com & WAVE3]

Metro Councilcritter Judy Green is probably about to you-know-what her pants because she’s caught red-handed. Metro Ethics is set to hear a complaint against her, too. The woman should just resign and let her district push a councilperson who won’t embarrass the ever living shiz out of them 24/7 with stupid legislation, potentially illegal campaign contributions and corruption. [FOX 41]

Six Flags Over Jesus will host its 15th and final Easter Pageant this year. You should buy your tickets right now. LIVE ANIMALS. Like a million in the cast. Jesus flies around on a wire. It is worth it. [WHAS11]

The State House approved a bill that alters oversight of for-profit education. With all the Daymar scandals going down in Louisville, this could be ripe. [H-L]

Whaaat? Job grown is concentrated in low-wage industries? Surely not! Surely everything is puppies and rainbows. [HuffPo]

On Democrats More Tightly Wound Than Jake

Just. Well. HAHAHAHAHAHA:

Several weeks ago, Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12, said The Courier-Journal’s Metro government reporter Dan Klepal was biased, however, the city lawmaker has since asked for forgiveness.

At a caucus meeting last month, Blackwell called Klepal “the Republican writer” while slamming an article he wrote about Insight Communications offering several council members free tickets and access to a luxury suite during the UK vs. U of L men’s basketball game.

The story revealed two council Democrats — Dan Johnson and Bob Henderson — were considering taking the tickets, despite the ethics commission chairman’s opinion that accepting them could violate the ethics ordinance.

Hahaha.

Calling Dan Klepal a Republican is like calling Doug Hawkins non-orange or Jake unopinionated and heterosexual.

Here’s hoping Klepal enjoyed that moment of councilcritter schadenfreude.

JCPS Can’t Wait To Send Berman On His Way

Want a copy of Rand Paul’s new book about the Tea Party and his ascension to Jim Bunning’s former U.S. Senate seat? Then enter to win. I’ve got buncha copies to give away. [Page One]

Here’s a fancy story all about the book. So you can get a bit deeper into it before getting the chance to read it. [H-L]

Would like to take this moment to remind you of the typical good old boy network running the show at the Ohio River Bridges Debacle. Spinmeister, indeed. [LEO Weekly]

Really? We’re still fighting over some g-d bed & breakfasts in Louisville? Really? I dunno what’s worse – that or holding a fundraiser for Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson – the two people who nearly ruined the man’s life. It’s like he lives to torture himself. WTF. Jim King will be his own undoing. [AKN]

Greg Fischer has ordered a top-to-bottom review of Planning and Design services. And he’s doing so with – you guessed it – another committee. [FOX 41]

If you needed more proof nothing has changed in Louisville: airport scandal airport scandal airport scandal airport scandal airport scandal airport scandal. [WAVE3]

Ricky Jones slept with the enemy for the children. He did it all so you don’t have to. [LEO Weekly]

Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Sheldon Berman says he never tried to be perfect. He only tried to funnel JCPS money into the pockets of companies he was affiliated. And he only tried to pal around with Robert Felner and his cronies for years and years. Does anyone really care what Sheldon Berman has to say? Really? We’re not even going to feign objectivity. [WHAS11]

Reason #1,058 we should toll the heck out of existing bridges to separate Indiucky back into Indiana and Kentucky. The deputy attorney general in Indiana was fired after urging police in Wisconsin to shoot protesters using live ammunition. [HuffPo]

Louisville isn’t the only city in Kentucky with an office vacancy problem on its hands. Lexington’s downtown (does it even have a downtown?) office vacancy rate is on the rise. [H-L]