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At Least Lexington Takes Its Trees Seriously

April 17th, 2013 by admin · 3 Comments

Bird poop is once again causing lane closures in Louisville. When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. [WDRB]

With construction set to begin this summer on both the downtown Interstate 65 and eastern bridges, state transportation officials from Kentucky and Indiana updated the Jeffersonville City Council on Monday night. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville restaurants are another step closer to being able to serve a Mimosa or Bloody Mary on Sunday mornings. Currently restaurants can’t sell liquor until after one Sunday afternoon, but Tuesday a proposed ordinance pushing that time back to ten in the morning cleared the Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee. [WHAS11]

While Jefferson County Public Schools— Kentucky’s largest and one of its best-funded systems— has some of the best schools in the state, it also has some of the lowest-performing high schools. [CN|2]

The price of the GED program is doubling from $60 to $120 and that’s bad for our economy no matter how you look at it. [WLKY]

Leaders of Louisville’s fledgling tree commission are accusing Mayor Greg Fischer of cutting them off at the roots — saying the mayor has ignored their advice in his grand plan to restore the city’s shrinking tree canopy. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools has announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company Foundation to help the district improve its career-themed schools. [WFPL]

The bombings in Boston have police in Louisville changing some of security plans for Thunder Over Louisville. They are also asking for the public’s help to make sure Saturday’s event goes off without any issues. [WAVE3]

Someone please give us a reason not to immediately jump to a negative conclusion about this. Please. No, no sarcasm. Serious. [Business First]

Finally, a story from Indiana that isn’t embarrassing or scary. Community leaders and public safety officials from around the region boarded the Norfolk Southern Operation Lifesaver Whistle-Stop train last week and traveled from New Albany to Huntingburg while learning about railroad safety. [News & Tribune]

If there’s one thing that makes Lexington’s urban foresters flinch, it’s a line of pear trees — also known as wind bait, invasive species or the landscaping plague of the ’90s — lined up along the city’s streets. Although the pear trees are lovely this time of year, with white blooms that fall like gentle snowflakes, they have weak wood and are susceptible to any big blast of wind, which can fracture them like toothpicks. [H-L]

Tags: Education · Ford · Greg Fischer · Indiana · JCPS · Lexington · Ohio River Bridges · Possibility City · Thunder

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Highlander // Apr 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Looks like the ‘tree people’ need to get on the A-List. Can’t do much for trees on the C-List.

  • 2 Isa // Apr 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I was beginning to think I was the only person concerned that the team selected for phase two of vision Louisville appears to be largely representative of the status quo.

  • 3 The Highlander // Apr 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Isa: New or exciting and challenging ideas are not welcome. They conflict with the modus operandi and allow for too much ‘thinking’!!!

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