News Roundup: March 21, 2012

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

    A huge round of applause to readers steelydan, mike fromang, srca1941, and George for helping to identify a vintage “Broken Sidewalk” from the University of Louisville Photographic Archives. The mystery location was revealed as East Jefferson Street looking west from about the Chestnut Street Connector. The only building still standing in the photo is the Deco tire store on the right side that’s now Fresh Start Growers. Here’s a new sidewalk photo ready for identification in the comments.

    Local News

    • Tree advisory board named to aid “urban forest.” (C-J)
    • Healthy Hometown mini-grant opportunity. (Green Triangle)
    • IBM selects Louisville for Smarter Cities challenge grant. (Lane)
    • 28.4 percent of Louisville metro area is obese. (Gallup)
    • Repairs to start soon on Cherokee Park teepee. (C-J)
    • Tom Owen: Landmarks and Metro Council don’t mix. (WDRB)
    • Most at hearing oppose giving Metro Council final say on landmarks. (C-J)
    • Economic development in West Lou the focus of a march 19 meeting. (Metro Lou)
    • Budget Committee approves arena authority break on downtown fees. (WFPL)
    • Cane Run Elementary a showcase for energy efficient projects. (WFPL)
    • Pace of change heats up at Glassworks building. (C-J)
    • Community building through gardening in Louisville. (Green Triangle)
    • A barber shop has been at Mall St. Matthews for 50 years. (V-T)
    • New food truck to open on April 6. (Grind)
    • Louisville ranks 33rd in metro job recovery in 2011. (Urbanophile)
    • Kentucky to be warmer, wetter than normal this spring. (Verdant)
    • UL board approves metro plan to improve drainage on campus. (Cardinal)
    Transportation
    • A short but sweet video on bike parking in Louisville. (Green Triangle)
    • A hand-made bicycle maker sets up shop in Buckner. (C-J)
    • Bicycle lanes: If you build it, they will come. (Tom Eblen)
    • Missed connections, missed opportunities: Cycling in the suburbs. (Grid)
    • Filmmaker tries to steel his own bike and no one cares. (NY Times)
    • Is the biker rights movement gaining momentum? (A-C)
    • The challenges of being car-free in Cleveland. (Rustwire)
    • Sierra Club seeks best and worst transportation projects. (Bike League)
    • An effort in Cincy to take back pedestrian infrastructure. (OTR)
    • City freeway teardowns: more on the way? (Citiwire)
    • The death row of urban highways, part 3. (A-C)
    • Off-ramp: How demolishing freeways is reviving American cities. (Grist)
    • Goodbye-ways: The downfall of urban freeways. (Grist)
    • Bridges project calls for tolls on three spans. (IBJ)
    • Hearing on ORBP economic impact expected in April. (C-J)
    • Wider, straighter, faster roads aren’t the solution for older drivers. (StreetsBlog)
    • Are cars to blame for distracted driving? (USA Today)
    • Obama: Fuel efficient trucks save $15k a year. (T Nation)
    Other News
    • Metro population growth since 1980s faster in suburbs. (Brookings)
    • LA kicks cars to the curb, opens first pedestrian plaza. (Arch Paper)
    • The secret to Memphis’ Blues District success. (A-C)
    • Reinventing the big box store. (A-C)
    • The trouble with green space. (NAC)
    • Toward architecture of place: Moving beyond iconic to extraordinary. (PPS)
    • The future of the city: Density , sustainability, & citizen happiness. (TBC)
    • How green roofs are going mainstream & improving cities. (TBC)
    • Putting vacant space to use, in the meantime. (Metro Planning)
    • Urban Identity: Citizens and their cities. (This Big City)

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    7 COMMENTS

    1. Do the Louisville tree cover statistics in the C-J article focus just on the Downtown area? If otherwise 26% seems low to me. I have always thought of Louisville (or at least the older neighborhoods surrounding downtown) as having good tree coverage, especially because of our great park system and parkways.

    2. Originally Posted By Porter StevensDo the Louisville tree cover statistics in the C-J article focus just on the Downtown area? If otherwise 26% seems low to me. I have always thought of Louisville (or at least the older neighborhoods surrounding downtown) as having good tree coverage, especially because of our great park system and parkways.

      Speaking of, who came up with the tree selections recently planted in the tree wells along Baxter Ave (Payne to Highland)? While some appear to be decent choices, there are these random $19.99 dogwoods all of 4 feet high. I give them 6 months tops before they are destroyed. With the kind of pedestrian traffic that area sees – especially late night, “stumbly” traffic – they are doomed for sure. Way to blow it on the details on this “project” that will add no canopy at all.

      BTW – I wonder how many posts are lost to frustration about these AWFUL captcha.

      I seem a bit moody, ¿No?

    3. As I recall it the 26% statistic includes all of Louisville. Unfortunately most of the neighbourhoods close to downtown have very poor to fair tree coverage: smoketown, Shelby Park, east-market/NuLu, Phoenix Hill/Uptown, Irish Hill, SoBro, Limerick, Portland, Park-Duvalle, etc. Good point about the dogwoods.

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