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Catching Up With A Slow Moving Highway Disaster

What a mess.

It’s been a little while since we have talked about that slow moving disaster ready to stamp out so much progress being made in Louisville.  I am, of course, describing the Ohio River Bridges Project.  In an effort to bring Broken Sidewalk up to date with what’s been going on, here’s a rundown of a [...]



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What Is A Housing Project?

Clarksdale Housing Project Just Before Demolition

The new HOPE VI development named 810 East Broadway held an official ribbon cutting yesterday.  We’ve told you about the building all through construction and gave you a tour of the building last week, but the rest of the news came on board today with fresh coverage after the press event.  Some news outlets labeled [...]



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Help Name Best New Landmark Of 2009, Win A Prize

Help Name Best New Landmark Of 2009, Win A Prize

[ Editor's Note:  Votes for the Best New Landmark of 2009 are no longer being accepted as of 5:00pm on December 2.  Congratulations to Presentation Academy for winning the Best New Landmark of 2009 survey.  Read more about the winning projects over here. ] That’s right.  We’re taking a reader survey to figure out the [...]



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Facebook Wants an NBA Team at the Yum! Center

Group wants the Kings in Louisville

An aggressively growing Facebook page is calling for transplanting the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise to the new KFC Yum! Center.  And Sacramento has noticed, but one report from the city’s ABC News 10 isn’t in a fighting mood: They’ve got some of the most rabid basketball fans in the country, a sparkling brand-new arena and [...]



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Imagining Infill On Bardstown Road

Imaginary infill in the Highlands (Photo by Diane Deaton-Street, Rendering by Broken Sidewalk)

Louisville needs to start taking infill development seriously.  Infill development involves building on underutilized lots inside the city instead of on green fields (i.e. farms) on the suburban fringe.  There are vast swaths of land in Louisville, either abandoned brownfield sites, surface level parking lots, or undesirable suburban style buildings in the core that offer [...]



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Extreme Renovation On Eastern Parkway

1824 Eastern Parkway Before Renovation (via Google)

An unassuming wood frame rental property on Eastern Parkway near Bardstown Road has been transformed into a modern single family home.  Bob German and his partner Brent Carter hired architect Michael Koch to help transform the property at 1824 Eastern Parkway into Louisville’s newest modern town house ready for occupancy in February. German says original [...]



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Presenting The Best New Landmark of 2009

Presentation Academy Best New Landmark of 2009

You have spoken and the votes are tallied and we can now name your choice for Best New Landmark of 2009.  Congratulations to Presentation Academy for their Arts & Athletics Center on the corner of Fourth and Breckinridge Streets in the SoBro neighborhood! Broken Sidewalk teamed up with local architect and historian Steve Wiser, AIA [...]



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Effort To Save The Iron Quarter Underway

Iron Quarter buildings from Washington Street (BS File Photo)

This week, developer Todd Blue of Cobalt Ventures and owner of a series of 19th century buildings on West Main Street dubbed the Iron Quarter announced his intention to tear down the historic properties citing the buildings’ deteriorated condition.  Blue had once planned a $50 million mixed-use center for the site which involved tearing down [...]



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Rebuilding Market Street's Lost Olmsted Park

Original Olmsted Plan of Keaton Place (courtesy Bingham Fellows)

Near the end of East Market Street, between Shelby Street and Campbell Street, the roadway becomes noticeably wider; parallel parking is replaced by diagonal spots; and the urban edge of the historic buildings is pushed back from adjacent blocks.  What seems like an anomaly today was actually a park over 100 years ago designed by [...]



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Could a Market Street Streetcar Line Help Revitalize West Louisville?

Concept route for a Market Street trolley line. (Courtesy Clarence Hixson/badwaterjournal.com)

Could a modern streetcar line help revitalize West Louisville? Louisville lawyer Clarence Hixson thinks it will and has proposed a concept line called the “Peace Train” running along Market Street roughly between Shawnee Park and Frankfort Avenue. Hixson hopes such a line could spur investment, create jobs, remove cars from the street, and help revitalize [...]



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