What’s weird about Louisville? KY Place explores quirky local culture

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“We’re not Southern—and we’re not Midwestern, either. But I think that’s one of the things that makes us unique.”
—Karter Louis

What does it mean to “Keep Louisville Weird”? Perhaps it’s evident in the fact that we Louisvillians celebrate both the Kentucky Derby and the man who famously penned “Decadent and Depraved”—a gonzo critique of the debauchery associated with the annual horse race. Or maybe it’s because we can’t seem to figure out which side of the Mason Dixon line we fall on.

Indeed we are a weird bunch—but don’t take our word for it.

In the first installment of the web series KY Place, a conversation between four Louisvillians reveal how local businesses such as ear X-tacy and Louisville Slugger have contributed to the growth of distinctive cultural communities in the city. In figuring out how Louisville fits (or doesn’t fit) with the rest of Kentucky, the episode demonstrates the parallels that exist between Louisville and other “weird” cities like Portland and Austin. In doing so, maybe we’re taking a small step closer in figuring out what it is that makes us unique.

Featuring: Karter Louis (Owner, Hillbilly Tea), Greg Leichty (Professor, U of L), Sara Havens (Editor, Insider Louisville), and Michelle Eigenheer (Writer, Louisville Magazine)

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