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Slugger Field before baseball (BS File Postcard)
Slugger Field before baseball (BS File Postcard)
Slugger Field before baseball (BS File Postcard)
Slugger Field before baseball. (Broken Sidewalk)

Okay, we all know how great Slugger Field is. Just take it from USA Today who ranked the ballpark as one of the top ten places to watch minor league baseball. Although by now it’s old news, here’s what Metro Lou was pushing back in April.

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Louisville ranks 25 on Energy Star list (Table courtesy Energy Star program)
Louisville ranks 25 on Energy Star list (Table courtesy Energy Star program)
Louisville ranks 25 on Energy Star list (Table courtesy Energy Star program)
Louisville ranks 25 on Energy Star list. (Courtesy Energy Star)

Louisville appears to be making gains in the number of green buildings throughout the city. Energy Star, a program promoting energy efficiency, just released its 2009 list of cities with the most Energy Star buildings and Louisville made the cut.

Belle of Louisville (Courtesy National Parks Service)
Belle of Louisville (Courtesy National Parks Service)
Belle of Louisville (Courtesy National Parks Service)
Belle of Louisville. (Philip Groshong / Courtesy National Parks Service)

The Belle of Louisville has taken the top prize in the 10th Annual National Historic Landmark Photo Contest, beating out St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and a pueblo in Taos, NM. Over 200 photos were submitted to the National Parks Service and the winners are featured in a 2010 event planner. (If only that were Louisville’s skyline in the background!) Pleasant Hill also was included as an honorable mention.

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    21C Museum Hotel Under Construction (BS File Photo)
    21c Museum Hotel Best In United States
    21c Museum Hotel Best In United States.

    Okay, so it’s a little late in the game to be throwing cheers towards the 21C Museum Hotel for being named best hotel in the United States and 6th best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but better late than never, right? It is the best hotel in the United States (North America is you tally up the scores!) and its right here in the River City.

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    The Henry Clay building wins an award
    The Henry Clay building wins an award
    The Henry Clay building wins an award. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

    The Henry Clay building on Third Street at Chestnut Street has placed second nationally in the National Development Council Academy 2009 Awards for Community Development. The mixed-use development by City Properties Group was chosen out of a group of 15 entrants voted on by industry leaders. A revitalization project from San Antonio placed first in the category.

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      Louisville: City of the Future
      Louisville: City of the Future
      Louisville: City of the Future. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

      I guess we’re the Possibility City after all. Or so says Foreign Direct Investment magazine, a publication of the Financial Times company in London. Four months went into researching 400 cities classified under four population categories. A litany of benchmarks covering economic potential , human resources, cost effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure, business friendliness, and promotion strategy (we’re sure the Possibility City folks helped out with that last one) were used to decide the best.

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      Shelby Street Apartments
      (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

      The Shelby Street Apartments on the corner of Shelby and East Broadway was one of three projects recently declared a New Landmark by the Louisville Historical League. The League issues a New Landmark Award when it determines a building fits contextually with its neighborhood. In this case, the three-story, red brick building blends into the streetscape of Phoenix Hill matching materials, style, and height with surrounding structures.