We get a lot of events sent in here at Broken Sidewalk. Unfortunately, there’s no time to post them all, but every once and a while we do hand select a few events that pertain directly to the material covered here on Broken Sidewalk. Here are three that fit the bill and should prove quite interesting.
- Car Free Happy Hour. Tuesday, November 17, 2009. From 5:30 to around 8:00pm at the Third Avenue Cafe in Old Louisville, pedestrians, cyclists, transit enthusiasts, and others will join together for what CART is calling “the event of the century.” It’s in fact the second-ever such event and is geared towards discussing the future of Louisville. Expected attendees include representatives from Bicycling for Louisville, CART, Freewheel Bike Collective, Bike Louisville, and perhaps a few mayoral candidates. Stop by to join the discussion. (If you must use a car to get there, we suggest parking a couple blocks away. You’ll at least be a pedestrian for part of your trip.)
- Everybody’s Gotta Be From Somewhere… Close! Sunday, November 22, 2009. Councilman Tom Owen will be giving a talk about Louisville neighborhoods at 2:00pm at the Clifton Center. The expanded and deepened version of his famous lecture will include video highlights from his six neighborhood videos, which will also be on sale at the event (and if you stick around, Tom will shake your hand and sign your purchase). Owen describes the event as “a staccato bark of brief histories of fifty or so Metro neighborhoods” and should be a great hit for anyone interested in Louisville history. The hour and a half long presentation is sponsored by the Louisville Historical League and Atkinson’s Duckworks (movie producers) and is free and open to the public.
- Sustainable City Series: Urban Parks & Greenways. Thursday, December 3, 2009. The twelfth installment of the popular discussion forum put on by the Urban Design Studio is scheduled for 6:00pm at the Glassworks building on West Market Street. Speakers include Lisa Hite, AICP, Senior Planner at Louisville Metro Parks, David Karem, President of the Waterfront Development Corporation, and Dan Jones, Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Parks. These three should be able to cover just about anything park-related in Louisville. The event is free and open to the public but you must RSVP over here as space is limited. Ramsi’s Cafe will provide food and Heine Brothers will keep your eyes wide open with coffee. Here’s some more info from the UDS:
Urban parks and greenways play a vital role in the overall sustainability of a city and region. Parks protect wildlife habitats, provide economic development through place-based economies, cleanse the air, reduce flooding, provide environmental education opportunities, facilitate social gatherings, and offer the possibility for recreation, health, and fitness activities.
Louisville already has a world-class park and greenway system, but that is just the beginning. With the Louisville Loop, Waterfront Park, 21st Century Parks and several other notable initiatives, Louisville is creating one of the most extensive urban park systems in the country. Join us and learn more about the future of our parks and how they are promoting a sustainable city through three presentations on different facets of our growing park system.