Congratulations to The Paper, Louisville’s newest print monthly covering neighborhood news and issues, on their first year, which was celebrated over the weekend at Nachbar in Germantown. The first issue of their new year looks to be one of the best yet. My friend and colleague Patrick Piuma, Director at the Urban Design Studio, wrote an editorial in the issue called “It’s Our Density, I Mean, Our Destiny,” which is a must read. Here’s a sample:
The phrase “quality of life” is subjective and can evoke different visions for different people. However, there are elements related to our built environment – such as parks and open spaces, access to amenities, a sense of place, neighborhood options, and transportation – that touch every corner of our city.
Three major quality of life issues related to our built environment come to mind almost immediately. There are great neighborhoods throughout the city that offer a wide range of variety in form, housing options, and amenities, but we lack a truly dense, walkable urban neighborhood. We also need to improve the existing walkable areas throughout our community to offer more variety outside the urban core. And it is no secret that we are incredibly reliant on the car to get around the city. Aside from a bus system that is stretched to the very limit, we currently lack substantial alternative modes of transportation. All of these issues affect the region and all are tied to the form of our built environment.
Read the entire article here. Be sure to also check out Chris Ritter’s “Visualizing Change,” Colleen Stewart’s “Figuring Out Food from Field to Fork,” and more at The Paper website. Or grab your own copy at businesses around Louisville.
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