These stories came and went, but the national exposure they shed on Louisville is too much for us to pass up, so feel free to live in the day old glow of the national Louisville spotlight.
The Los Angeles Times has written a travel piece on Louisville which is quite flattering all around. Louisville is portrayed as a town of festivals and contemporary art; the article acknowledges that we have kept Louisville weird and finds delights in the Kentucky Art Car Weekend, IdeaFestival, and Wild & Woolly Video. Here’s the state of pleasant surprise the author experienced upon arriving in the River City:
The moment seemed unusual and, well, hip—a scene more fitting for Austin, Texas, or Portland, Ore.—than for an older city that is mainly known to outsiders for its traditionalism, symbolized by the illustriously unchanging Kentucky Derby.
Next, Ralph Lauren Magazine has written an article taking a closer look at Louisville’s emerging art scene. The story wraps itself around West Main Street and East Market Street, and, like the Angelenos, has a strong affinity for the 21C Museum Hotel. Also similar to the previous article, Ralph Lauren hints at surprise that our town isn’t as backward as it seems:
Most people’s image of Louisville doesn’t stray far from Churchill Downs’ julep-steeped parade of sleek Thoroughbreds and their blue-blooded, extravagantly hatted owners come Derby Day. But among the city’s younger residents, a foremost source of pride these days is Louisville’s dynamic contemporary-art scene, which some liken to the heyday of New York’s SoHo. With its creative class reaching critical mass, Louisville is poised for national recognition with Museum Plaza, a new 62-story multi-use skyscraper that will serve as an anchor for the city’s art institutions.
- Old Louisville, Kentucky will surprise you (LA Times)
- Update America: Louisville Reframed (Ralph Lauren)