News Roundup: January 6, 2012

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    A (blocked) sidewalk in Louisville. (Branden Klayko)
    A (blocked) sidewalk in Louisville. (Branden Klayko)
    A (blocked) sidewalk in Louisville. (Branden Klayko)
    A (blocked) sidewalk in Louisville. (Branden Klayko)

    Double kudos to Mark for not only correctly identifying our last sidewalk photo but also using his bike in the process! The (missing) sidewalk view was on 16th Street looking north toward Portland Avenue in the Shippingport neighborhood. Here’s another sidewalk ready to be identified in the comments.

    Top Stories

    • Black Leaf Legacy: EPA deems long-idle pesticide factory a federal cleanup site. (LEO)
    • Ed Glaeser: Cities are making us more human. (The European)
    • Kentucky in top 10 states for low biz taxes & regulations. (Urban Land)
    • Smellscapes: The impact of smell on one British town. (Edible Geography)
    • Report shows link between density and job growth in Bay Area. (SPUR)
    • Eye sores & eye candy: The impact of zoning on NYC. (Thirteen)

    Local News

    • Portland Museum receives grant to hire historic preservation consultant. (C-J)
    • Important hearing on regional air quality set for Feb. 3. (CART)
    • New faces, new resolve at transportation group. (CART)
    • New Albany residents fault lax development oversight for flooding. (N&T)
    • Councilman Johnson announces tree planting project in District 21. (Metro Lou)
    • More info on plan to remove trees near Bowman Field. (9th District)
    • Residents near Bowman Field don’t want trees removed. (Whas11)
    • Other voices in the Bowman tree debate. (James Bruggers)
    • New Albany diner to close after more than 50 years. (N&T)
    • A sneak peek inside Nulu’s new Rye restaurant. (Megabites)
    • LVL1 awarding two “makerships” in 2012. (LVL1)
    • Free rain barrels available to local organizations. (Green Triangle)
    • Taco Punk preview night planned for Jan. 14. (Slow Food)
    • Beshear proposes tax commission, Lt. gov. Abramson to chair. (WFPL)
    • Downtown Louisville condo featured in national real estate roundup. (NY Times)
    • Closed Jefferson County schools get new life as apartments. (C-J)
    • Forks in the road lead to new restaurants, shops in New Albany. (C-J)
    • Murals, medians planned on Bardstown Road south of the Watterson. (C-J)
    Transportation
    • Sidewalk design approved on Vissing Park Road in Jeffersonville. (N&T)
    • State senator calls for tolling existing interstate highway bridges. (Fatlip)
    • The recession squeeze on buses and trains. (NY Times)
    • How tolling is affecting Seattle traffic: Congestion on non-toll roads. (Sightline)
    • Ron Paul: Stop subsidizing highways, let “transits” flourish. (StreetsBlog)
    • Between the lines: Parking costs more than you think. (LA Mag)
    • Parking Meter Poetry by Billy Jones. (PMP)
    Other News
    • The bold urban future starts now with transformative projects. (Salon)
    • An urban canopy to nurture a city’s growth. (Globe & Mail)
    • Living small: Vancouver’s stylish 229-square foot lofts. (TreeHugger)
    • This is sprawl, Pittsburgh edition. (Urbanophile)
    • The porous road less traveled. (Sightline)
    • Take an aerial tour over Cincinnati’s center city. (Urban Cincy)
    • Smaller, more sustainable living in neighborhoods that fit in. (NRDC)
    • For these Baltimore students, it’s DIY school building. (Atlantic Cities)
    • Study: Architecture, art degrees yield highest unemployment. (WaPo)

    5 COMMENTS

    1. This seems almost like a trick question, because Hamilton, Barrett Ave. and Lexington Rd. converge (perhaps not simultaneously) in this area. So, I guess this part is already Barrett, looking down Hamilton?

    2. That dead end of Hamilton was at one time the headquarters of The Strassel Company, one of the finest interior decorating firms in Louisville. The buildings were worn, drafty clapboard shotguns, shoddy warehouses and workspaces. An aunt of mine worked there and I visited often when I was young. There were skeins of beautiful fabric tossed here and there, antiques piled together, carpenters carrying slabs of dark wood, space heaters, cracked windows in imperfect sashes, dust and the odor of deep history. Something about that wild and lovely place informed much of my aesthetics. It taught me that true class and style have a kind of shabbiness, a sense of rich decay, patina – what the Japanese call ‘mono no aware’ and ‘sabi.’ There is much to learn from that for architects and urban planners…

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