The greening of Liberty Green

Liberty Green: Photo by Geoff Oliver Bugbee Workers are installing insulation in the floors, walls and ceilings of units like this one, taking shape in the east downtown mixed-income housing development, Liberty Green.Sister Lisa Stallings wasn’t planning to move. The apartment in Phoenix Hill was old and drafty, but it had character: tall ceilings, single-paned windows. You know, History. Charm. Ignore the utility bill.

Are we there yet? Katha Pollitt sees a ‘real revolution’ in women’s consciousness, but says much work remain

Katha Pollitt: Photo courtesy of Andrea Sperling Katha Pollitt, a well-known feminist author who writes for The Nation magazine, speaks in Louisville next week.Next Wednesday, March 28, at the Speed Museum Auditorium, Katha Pollitt delivers the Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women’s and Gender Studies. The 5:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

City Strobe

Finally … FINALLY … a politician brings up light rail againThe Metro Council’s Democratic caucus, the majority-wielding 15-member body that has brought us the dog ordinance, smoking ban and a pending throw-down over banning trans fats in local restaurants, outlined its legislative goals for 2007 last week. Guess what? They said the magic words that progressives (and people tired of writing checks to Exxon) long to hear: Light Rail.

Rumor & Innuendo

Bluegrass = Cali? Here’s the deal, all you Dynasty Defending Big Blue Orlando-Bashers: Tubby Smith ain’t goin’ nowhere. Period. Get used to it. That said, an Alabama newspaper reports that a UK intermediary contacted Memphis coach John Calipari to gauge his interest, should the UK job be open after the season. What a match that would be. The NCAA’s most-penalized program. And the coach of whom Clark Francis, asked how he gets all those good prepsters to Memphis, replied: “No salary cap!”

The case for art in a time of war

“The task of art is enormous,” Leo Tolstoy wrote in his 1896 tome “What is Art?” He cited the civil measures of the day, from the court system to factory inspections, as profound factors in fostering freedom, then made an extraordinary assertion: “Art should cause violence to be set aside. And it is only art that can accomplish this.”Less than 50 years later, fascism erupted in Europe, fueled by mechanized weaponry that could kill scores of people systematically and violently. Artists responded with highly emotional and shocking visions. In 1937 alone, we saw the creation of “Eternal City” by American Peter Blume and Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica.” Two years later, Bertolt Brecht premiered the play “Mother Courage and Her Children.”

Rumor & Innuendo

The Sweet Sixteen. What in the name of Christian Laettner is goin’ down here? The Dookies are one-and-done. (All together now: “Awwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!”) Even more startling, the NC2A hierarchy, after a close vote, said, “Let the tourney continue.” To compensate, they tripled the number of Coach K commercials.

City Strobe

Low-carbon dietHere’s something to ponder the next time you brew a delicious pot of fair trade coffee … while Tivo-ing “Heroes,” doing laundry, nuking a Hot Pocket, charging your cell phone/iPod/computer/camera, uploading videos to your MySpace page and downloading porn while glancing at the time on one of the 18 clocks in your 72-degree climate-controlled e-house of the future: The outlook for the coal industry is bleak.

Burning bridges: A state official has locked out local and federal leaders from a part of the Bridges Project planning.

Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it boys?The irony is bitter and the karmic ramifications almost too rich to be true. But they are, of course, and a bold lesson about transparency and honesty seems to be unfurling itself.

A little bit country, a little bit rock ’n’ roll, inside a war zone

First Lt. Kevin McDaniel: Photo Courtesy of Kathy McDaniel First Lt. Kevin McDaniel, 27, and a fellow soldier stand inside a crater made by an improvised explosive device, or IED.Music offers a means of escape, a chance to climb inside your own head for a little while and forget about the world around you.


2003March 19 — President G.W. Bush’s Invasion beginsMarch 30 — Defense Secretary D. Rumsfeld: We know location of WMDApril 1 — Pfc. J. Lynch “rescued”