Is this the future of public housing in Louisville?

Gentrification and the revamping of public housing, while not one and the same, are certainly related, and they form the crux of a civic story that’s been playing out nationally for a while now. Louisville has gotten a taste with Park DuValle and the new Liberty Green, and more appears to be on the way with the city’s recent announcement that it will raze Iroquois Homes. In this week’s cover story, the first in a series, Stephen George talks to people involved on all sides. —Cary Stemle, editor

Smart is as smart does: Reality says we may want to change our land use policies before it’s too late. But how?

‘Turned off the TV/ sat down to dinner/ phone rang, we were saying grace/grandma died, left us 60 acres/ the last of the old home place.’—James McMurtry, from his song “60 Acres”Almost 15 years ago, as a new reporter at a small-town weekly newspaper, I got a rude awakening about how our landscapes were changing. The county where I worked was quite large, and had long been agricultural. But farming had become cost-prohibitive for average folks, and many people who inherited family farms were choosing to sell to developers rather than beat their heads against the wall trying to work the land.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Heard it on the X. There is a slight chance that U of L’s exhibition games in Canada will be available on the radio. The school is working on it. There’s a slimmer possibility that the tilts might be televised. But don’t be setting your TIVO just yet.

City Hall 2.0: Abramson pulled the arena deal out of the fire, but it wasn’t politics as usual

It was a scene most unusual.There was the mayor, coiffed and polished as usual, on his knees tussling with an exposed wire that was shorting out the microphone he was using to bring to order an 11 a.m. press conference in the stately Mayors’ Gallery downtown.

Rumor & Innuendo

The Brohm factor.
Yet another source advised this week that there is more concern in the locker room about the sturdiness of the Cardinal QB’s knee than is being admitted publicly.

Culture Preview: So, you want a spanking?

Photo courtesy of Mia Voraz: Dominatrix Mia VorazMia Voraz, an attractive 27-year-old brunette, is not your typical Louisville female. Four years ago she decided to take matters in hand, as it were, and become a professional dominatrix. This week Voraz will demonstrate her talents at an Erotic Art Show and BDSM Play Party with other nationally known presenters at the Chez Moi Art Gallery.

City Strobe

Downard unfurls plan for the futureMayor Abramson is only good for pep rallies and press conferences. His administration is paralyzed by bureaucracy and focused too heavily on the Watterson-bound pre-merger City of Louisville. His administration is glad to take post-merger revenue from the old county but has yet to provide basic services like trash pickup and street cleaning currently available within the Urban Service District (the old city) to the old county constituency.

On with the show

When the business titans start dabbling in things like film, the temptation is to roll your eyes and mutter something about dilettantism … But the subjects of this week’s cover story, Ed Hart and Bruce Lunsford, may outrun that kind of insider cynicism, if their two-year-old film company comes anywhere near their vision for it. Rick Redding’s got the story about how two guys who’ve left quite a mark in Louisville turned into film producers. —Cary Stemle, editor

City Strobe: Cleaning up the dirty, dirty air, Part I

At least the sirens sounded this time. A spill just after 11 p.m. Monday night at Rubbertown’s Carbide Industries produced a cloud of toxic vapor over Bells Lane, the breadth of which an official with the company was unsure of Tuesday morning. Frank Sizemore, manager of engineering for the company — which has been at 4400 Bells Lane since November 2002 — said the cloud dissipated when the liquid spill was contained and cleaned up.

New wave, old hand: Could maestro Mester’s return signal a renaissance for the Louisville Orchestra?

If there is one Louisville organization way overdue for a run of good luck, it’s the Louisville Orchestra. Beaten up and bogged down by financial woes and dwindling attendance — and virtually leaderless for the past two seasons — the orchestra has to be first in line to finally find a four-leaf clover.And maybe it has.