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It’s been a few weeks since we spotlighted some rather disrespectful industrial practices in Butchertown, but today we’re back at it showcasing yet another big blank wall, this time on one of Louisville’s most prized streets: Frankfort Avenue. This week’s blankness belongs to the River City Tire Co. (of Louisville) in the Clifton neighborhood and sits between Bourbons Bistro and Ginny’s Diner.

What really gets us about this big blank wall is that it eats the sidewalk for nearly the entire length of the property. The western side is a parking lot where the curb cut is the entire width of the lot. The eastern side is a blank sheet metal warehouse with two more huge curb cuts that allow cars to park on the sidewalk. This is auto on pedestrian action that’s not fit for modern streets (or maybe we’re ahead of the game on the whole “shared streets” movement?). With the profusion of new restaurants and shops and the popular trolley hop, better economic times could transform this big blank wall into something lively and mixed-use.

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Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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