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Louisville Still Loves Killing Its Pedestrian Spaces

January 6th, 2012 by jake · 10 Comments

Apparently ten billion people turned out to the Bridges Debacle meeting yesterday. [FOX41]

It’s always interesting to see how the Steve Beshear and Jim Ramsey crews spin things for the mainstream. The latest claim that the University of Louisville Hospital merger meeting with the governor was only an hour. Despite the fact that Ramsey was all over the Capitol Annex on both Wednesday and Thursday. [C-J/AKN]

And you thought the hospital merger discussion was over. Nope. They’re still going to find a way to try that mess again. [WHAS11]

Rather than write a story about Councilwoman Attica Scott begging Greg Fischer to tour the First Metro Council District, it wrote a story about how he’s joining her. But only after a lot of pressure and a press release sent by the majority caucus director. [Deep Council Thoughts]

Three days ago we ran a story about owner-surrenders at Louisville Metro Animal Services not being the nightmare that its administrators claimed. And they’re still foaming at the mouth about it. [The 'Ville Voice]

Louisville is woah fat and some people are trying to find out why. Why is Louisville fat? “‘I don’t know,’ says Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Welfare. ‘Most likely it’s a confluence of factors.’ She points to high rates of sedentary work, higher crime rates, and limited public transportation as possible causes.” [Click the Clicky]

Yes, you should be checking out Julius Caesar at the Walden Theatre. Michelle is right about it being one of Louisville’s gems. [Consuming Louisville]

How will Kentucky and Indiana pay for the bridges? Kentucky still has no idea, outside of massive tolls. Which is going to be awesome for the metro area, you know. Really affordable and all that. [WAVE3]

Betting on horse racing in the United States jumped 17.88% in December. But we’re still supposed to believe that horse tracks deserve a constitutional right to own casino licenses in Kentucky without allowing an actual free market approach. [Business First]

Want to adopt a pet but don’t want to deal with the flustercuck that is Metro Animal Services? Or you’re one of the many people sitting for several hours to be assisted? Consider heading to Frankfort to help alleviate problems caused by a rash of animal hoarding. [WLKY]

Is it a shame that the Hyatt was allowed to further erode public space on Fourth Street? Or is it a shame that people only complain after it’s too little, too late about crap like this happening in Louisville? You get what you pay for when it comes to elected officials like Jerry Abramson and Greg Fischer. Maybe it’s time for people to start paying more attention to planning and development in this city. Because this is becoming the norm – cars, cars, cars. Pedestrian spaces are becoming afterthoughts. [Broken Sidewalk]

Tags: Downtown · Gambling · Greg Fischer · Health Care · Horse Industry · James Ramsey · Metro Council · Metro Government · Ohio River Bridges · State Government · Steve Beshear · University of Louisville

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ray // Jan 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Jake –

    With regard to your belief that the thoroughbred industry is hale and hearty in light of its year-to-year increase in December wagering, I’m afraid you’re allowing a single, relative insignificant, fact to get in the way of the much larger story.

    Here’s the bigger picture according to Equibase, as reported in yesterday’s C-J:

    Linking & Heavy Excerpting require prior permission

  • 2 jake // Jan 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Uh, what belief would that be? (You also seem to be forgetting that I don’t write everything here) Because I’m pretty sure I haven’t shared any belief.

    Here’s reality: Kentucky as a whole won’t be supporting the expansion of gambling if licenses are constitutionally guaranteed to race tracks. That’s bogus.

    If the horse industry wants to survive in Kentucky, it’s going to need to adapt like every other industry.

    Here’s a belief I’ll share: constitutionally handing over an entire industry won’t hold up in court. Allowing more than horse corps to be involved will, however.

  • 3 Phil // Jan 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    But at what tracks did the betting increase? I would imagine at the tracks that have supplemental revenue coming from casino gambling.

  • 4 Phil // Jan 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I am not for a monopoly, however, it is a known fact that horses are leaving this state to breed, race, and board in other states and in some cases countries that have larger purses.

  • 5 E // Jan 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I agree with Jake, allowing entities other than just the horse industry to benefit from gambling must be the course taken.
    While the handwringing goes on over the horse industry losing out to other states, I know of no such consideration or concern being given to the fact that the state is also losing jobs and revenue to other states (and countries) via the migration of all sorts of other business.
    As a small business owner, I find it somewhat offensive that so very few select industries and interests recieve such concern and consideration from the media and the political leadership.
    The horse based industry is important, to be sure…but it is far from the only industry that could use some favorable consideration from the politicians.
    Just tossing it out there. How about including in any such legislation, that a significant portion of the profits from gambling be directed to sectors like education, indigent health care, road maintenance, food and housing assistance, or even park maintenance ?

  • 6 jack // Jan 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Song of the day is “Behind Closed Doors” by Charlie Rich and is dedicated to Pawpaw Steve and Jame$ Ram$ey.

  • 7 Ray // Jan 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Jake –

    I’m confused. Here’s what was written (by whoever):

    “Betting on horse racing in the United States jumped 17.88% in December. But we’re still supposed to believe that horse tracks deserve a constitutional right to own casino licenses in Kentucky without allowing an actual free market approach. [Business First]”

    Does your comment that I “seem to be forgetting that (you) don’t write everything here” mean you didn’t write that?

    If so, fine. Who did?

    But regardless of who did, my original quibble remains. Specifically, why even include the first sentence if it wasn’t intended to somehow support the point of the second?

    The figures cited indicated that thoroughbred betting was up by almost 18% in December FROM LAST DECEMBER. That’s hardly relevant in the larger picture in which thoroughbred wagering in 2011 FELL over 5.5% year-to-year, and dipped to its lowest level nationally since 1995.

    (In case anyone’s wondering, this was the gist of the quote I lifted that was excised because I didn’t acquire prior permission.)

    I’m just trying to figure out why you (or whoever) felt the need to include such a midleading fact if it really has nothing to do with your opinion on whether or not tracks should get a monopoly on any casino gambling in Kentucky.

  • 8 jake // Jan 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    If you click the link? The first line of text is from the linked article. Which is how 90% of round-ups here have worked for, oh, years.

  • 9 Debbie // Jan 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I agree with Phil, horse racing is the signature industry of Kentucky. Can’t we all agree that whatever it takes to keep our industry thriving in the current and future markets we need to do immediately. I joined a group called “KEEP” and they have been so proactive in pushing horse issues to the front. We need casino gambling up for a vote by the people.

  • 10 ace hat // Jan 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    If horse racing is so cherished in Ky, why dosen’t CHD contribute to downtown, I think they sould be part of the development players downtown….!

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