November 2009 Archives

WHAS11: LEO Weeklys go missing

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Chase Cain reports on The Case of the Missing LEOs.

We're expecting the Courier's team of investigative reporters to cover this story any day now. We will send you the link since many of you no longer take the paper.

Stephen George tells River Fields to Bring it


River Fields threatens to sue LEO Weekly.

Read about it in "A trip down the river" by Stephen George.


And read Edie Bingham's letter to the editor in this week's LEO:

"I cannot endure the thought of our riverfront and downtown being buried under more concrete and traffic when it took 40 years to revive the Main Street activity, riverfront and downtown reinvestment."

Bridges Project FLASHBACK

The year was 1994. Momentum to build an East End Bridge was continuing to build since it was first proposed in the 1960s. A newly created non-profit organization supposedly focused on downtown redevelopment and revitalization called Downtown Development Corporation released a study suggesting that Louisville didn't need an East End Bridge, but instead a downtown bridge.

Shortly after the new bridge "idea" was introduced, a small conservation group's president issued a press release advocating for the downtown bridge. The release read:

 "Today River Fields Board President James S. Welch, Jr. unveiled a plan which offers a solution to both the traffic congestion and server safety problems at the Kennedy Bridge and Spaghetti Junction."


"Welch pointed out that the new design minimizes impacts on downtown Jeffersonville and Louisville."


"this new plan would enhance the waterfront by adding acreage to the Waterfront Park and providing additional parking areas under the ramps."

Fast forward 15 years to today. Now the past president of River Fields is Chairman of the Downtown Development Corporation, the organization that created the idea of the downtown bridge. "DDC" is still a strong supporter of the downtown bridge and its board members serve on other related organizations including the Build the Bridges Coalition and the Bi-State Bridge Authority.

River Fields lawsuit may move to KY court

The Federal Highway Administration has asked that River Fields' lawsuit be moved from Washington DC to a Kentucky court.

We're not sure what we think about this one. River Fields' reputation as obstructionists to the East End Bridge is well known, but on the other hand, the organization's political influence cannot be underestimated. We will observe with great interest.

From the CJ's article:

"The lawsuit says that adding a single bridge downtown and redesigning Spaghetti Junction, where interstates 64, 65 and 71 meet near downtown, would address the region's existing and long-term traffic needs on both sides of the river."

LEO Weekly: "Burned Bridge"


eebridge.jpg"Politics, power and obstruction: Has Louisville's most prominent preservation group lost its vision?"

Steven Shaw did a heck of a job covering a very difficult story. Read it!

NYT: "Removing a Barrier"

Today's New York Times article about Providence, Rhode Island:

This city, which once moved rivers to create a new urban design, is now moving a major highway away from its downtown and opening up approximately 20 acres for development. This newly accessible area is within walking distance of Providence's historic waterfront and commercial downtown.

It continues:

But it is already generating considerable excitement among city and state officials, who see a rare opportunity to strengthen the city and state's economies and to connect neighborhoods to the Providence River waterfront, which has been cut off for years.

Read article

Bob Hill on Bridges

Louisville Magazine's Bob Hill says what everyone is thinking in his recent column:

"Two Bridges Too Far"

Gov. Beshear's appointments include:

  • Joe Prather, former secretary, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC)
  • Charles Buddeke, president, Buddeke Industries Inc.
  • Jamie Fiepke, president and CEO, the Kentucky Motor Transport Association (KMTA).

Mayor Abramson's appointments include:

  • Sandra Frazier, founding and managing member, Tandem Public Relations.
  • Dr. Charles Moyer, dean, University of Louisville College of Business and Public Administration.
  • Joe Reagan, CEO, Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce. Benjamin Richmond, president and CEO, Louisville Urban League.

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