Thorns & Roses: The Worst & Best (8/17)

Aug 17, 2016 at 10:56 am
Thorns & Roses: The Worst & Best (8/17)

Exile them to heat island [Thorn]

Greater Louisville Inc., our chamber of commodification ... we mean, commerce, says that Metro Louisville’s plan to keep us from melting into the Ohio River is flawed. It says the scientist who wrote the book on climate change in cities is wrong. It says we should focus on staying warm during the winter, not making rules for planting more trees. It says the city’s plan could cost too much. Really? Just wait until you have to change out your polos for asbestos suits.

Not art, asshats! [Thorn]

A rash — and we do mean rash — of graffiti seems to have hit the city in recent days. One of the latest victims is Art Sanctuary, the community-oriented artist collective on South Shelby Street, and you can also see these stains on Broadway and Poplar Level Road and in Old Louisville. Graffiti is a crime.

This is art [Rose]

The Affrilachian Poets, writers of color from across the Appalachia, told Gov. Matt “Oblivious” Bevin it does not want his  2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Why? Because “the governor’s comments, positions, and actions regarding education in general, the Humanities specifically, universal healthcare, criminal justice reform, and the LGBTQ community, have been reprehensible and go against the core of who we are as writers and educators and as artists committed to resisting oppression.”  Why art matters.

Give green to get green [Rose]

Louisville Grows, the venerable nonprofit that is trying make the city green again, has launched a $12,000 Kickstarter drive to buy a tractor for Building Hope Community Farm, the seven-acre community garden and training farm. The farm helps refugees from Central Africa earn income, improve language skills and use their African farming skills.

A little context, please! [Thorn]

We are glad 89.3 WFPL is using Ohio Valley ReSource to boost its news content, but it needed to do more reporting on the consortium’s story “Study finds widespread contamination of Ohio Valley drinking water.” Sounds scary, right? It lacked comment from the Louisville Water Co., which said in a statement that tests show no “significant concern for health-related issues. Our water is safe to drink and use.”