8664 catching on from Chicago to Stockholm

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Chicago based Urban Affairs master The Urbanophile makes some compelling points about Louisville's future in Louisville: A Tale of Two Cities:

  • You don't have to be a huge city to be an internationally known and respected one. So much of what Louisville does is oriented around trying to emulate larger cities, but another, and I would argue more viable strategy, is to focus on quality over quantity.
  • Taking the road less traveled, so to speak, can pay long term dividends. Bucking the trends and carving out a unique path for yourself is what will really differentiate you over the long term.
  • Choices matter, and this is a long term game. Having the vision to do what is right for the long term future, not just taking the easy way out for today, is what makes some cities winners and other losers. You have to be willing to place some bets. Stockholm did and it paid off.

The post was a response to a Swedish blog post comparing Stockholm's waterfront mega-interchange (view a live webcam of Slussen) to Louisville's planned expansion of Spaghetti Junction.

kennedy-spaghetti-junction-.jpg"The image you see here is not an exaggeration by the opposition, it is from the actual Ohio River Bridges Project website. It's really quite shocking how the project absolutely dwarfs entire city blocks of houses and businesses, and is placed directly between the city and its waterfront. If you're having any trouble imagining the size of this monster, compare it to the baseball stadium in the bottom left of the picture."

Will Louisville join Detroit as a city that lost its way? Just say NO. Let's join cities like Portland, San Francisco and Chattanooga, by embracing our waterfront and creating a more livable and sustainable city.

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The ORBP overlayed aerial photo looks like an engineer's and builder's dreamball of wax. For those of us who have lived in other communities that value their waterfronts, it looks like a visual and traffic nightmare! What's the "payoff" for politicians and officeholders who are trying to push this monstrosity on our collective backs??? There is certainly no aesthetic or practical sense to it.

You might find this archinect thread of interest as well:

http://www.archinect.com/forum/threads.php?id=89277_0_42_0_C

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