Downtown Louisville http://wfpl.org en Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-exploring-legal-avenues-against-parents-stricter-teen-curfew <p>In the wake of <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/how-did-so-much-violence-happen-saturday-downtown-louisville">a violent outbreak in downtown Louisville</a> led by a group of teenagers, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for "legal avenues" to hold the parents of delinquent children accountable.</p><p>That's according to a letter obtained by WFPL, which Fischer is set to release to citizens sometime this weekend.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9071 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew 24 Security Cameras are Coming to Waterfront Park Following Downtown Louisville Violence http://wfpl.org/post/24-security-cameras-are-coming-waterfront-park-following-downtown-louisville-violence <p>The city's response to<a href="/post/how-did-so-much-violence-happen-saturday-downtown-louisville"> Saturday night's violence </a>in downtown Louisville now&nbsp;includes increased&nbsp;surveillance of Waterfront Park with 24 new security cameras.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer announced the cameras on Wednesday. The cameras and installation, including the required fiber network, will cost about $227,000.</p><p>The first part of the camera expansion at the park will up working by Thunder Over Louisville on April 12, when hundreds of thousands of people will be at Waterfront Park.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:52:52 +0000 Joseph Lord 8978 at http://wfpl.org 24 Security Cameras are Coming to Waterfront Park Following Downtown Louisville Violence Weekend Violence in Downtown Louisville Spurs Call For More Police, More Teen Voices http://wfpl.org/post/weekend-violence-downtown-louisville-spurs-call-more-police-more-teen-voices <p>The violent, “mob-like” activities in downtown Louisville on Saturday has led Mayor Greg Fischer to call for extra vigilance from community members and police.</p><p>Fischer held a meeting Tuesday with religious leaders, community activists and law enforcement to help outline a plan to eliminate the threat of violence at Waterfront Park, where a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/how-did-so-much-violence-happen-saturday-downtown-louisville">string of deviancy</a> began on Saturday evening.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:29:30 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8972 at http://wfpl.org Weekend Violence in Downtown Louisville Spurs Call For More Police, More Teen Voices How Did So Much Violence Happen Saturday in Downtown Louisville? http://wfpl.org/post/how-did-so-much-violence-happen-saturday-downtown-louisville <p>Louisville Metro Police are increasing their visibility downtown after a string of violent incidents Saturday night, but community activists say there are underlying issues that should also be addressed.</p><p>The series of events, via police, plays out like this:</p><p>A group of young people, perhaps 200, were gathered at Waterfront Park on Saturday evening. Some began assaulting and robbing a 13-year-old near the Big Four Bridge; when a bystander intervened, they assaulted and robbed him. Officers responded and broke up the gathering—and that's when the real mayhem began.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:06:53 +0000 Joseph Lord 8961 at http://wfpl.org How Did So Much Violence Happen Saturday in Downtown Louisville? Omni Set to Build New 600-Room Downtown Louisville Hotel—With Grocery, Retail Space http://wfpl.org/post/omni-set-build-new-600-room-downtown-louisville-hotel-grocery-retail-space <p>Another luxury hotel is slated for construction in downtown Louisville—one brings with it a full service grocery store, retail space and 200 apartments.</p><p>Omni Hotels is set to begin construction on a 600-room convention hotel in 2015. The project is being done in collaboration with The Cordish Co., which owns Fourth Street Live.</p><p>The $261 million project is being announced Thursday by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:01:50 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8793 at http://wfpl.org Omni Set to Build New 600-Room Downtown Louisville Hotel—With Grocery, Retail Space Landscape Designer Teams With Non-Profit on Downtown Louisville Botanical Garden Project http://wfpl.org/post/landscape-designer-teams-non-profit-downtown-louisville-botanical-garden-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A landscape design firm is partnering with a Louisville non-profit to develop a botanical garden at the intersection of River Road and Frankfort Avenue.</span></p><p>Brian Voelker, president of Botanica—the group working to bring the garden to the city—said the long-term project will cost nearly $35 million.</p><p>The project will be funded through donations.&nbsp;Voelker said the project is already gaining financial support; more than $250,000 has been raised.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8549 at http://wfpl.org Landscape Designer Teams With Non-Profit on Downtown Louisville Botanical Garden Project What Louisville Can Do To Compete For Innovation and Growth http://wfpl.org/post/what-louisville-can-do-compete-innovation-and-growth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville’s new downtown restaurant Sidebar is packed with young professionals—new transplants—from all over the country. They're attending&nbsp;</span>the monthly meet-up group New2Lou, which aims to welcome the recently-arrived to the city.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">When I ask them why they came to Louisville I get similar answers:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Humana, Ford Motor Company, the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">University</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; "> of Louisville.</span></p><p>Work.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 7745 at http://wfpl.org What Louisville Can Do To Compete For Innovation and Growth Louisville Developers Announce Another Downtown Hotel—This One 'Funky' And 'Hip' http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-developers-announce-another-downtown-hotel-one-funky-and-hip <p>Louisville developers plan to build a new hotel downtown that will offer an upscale, modern option for people visiting the area.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It's funky, its hip, its cool and its upscale,” says developer Steve Poe, whose company will lead the project.</span></p><p>Aloft Hotels is a brand of Starwood Hotels and was launched in 2008 but are now located in 14 countries, officials say. The eight-story Louisville hotel will have 175 rooms and will be located on First and Main streets across from Whiskey Row.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:09:13 +0000 Devin Katayama 7459 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Developers Announce Another Downtown Hotel—This One 'Funky' And 'Hip' Recalling Stewart's Department Store Amidst a Fourth Street Revival http://wfpl.org/post/recalling-stewarts-department-store-amidst-fourth-street-revival <p>One afternoon last week I was pleased to see that a chain link fence has been erected around the old Stewart’s department store building at the corner of Fourth Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Once the busiest corner in the city when downtown was the center of shopping and movie-going for the region, the building has stood empty for seven years, ever since Hilliard Lyons moved its headquarters to the PNC Tower. The fence is a sign that some construction is about to begin on the site, and that’s great news.</p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 11:11:24 +0000 Keith Runyon 6685 at http://wfpl.org Recalling Stewart's Department Store Amidst a Fourth Street Revival Apartments, Lower-Prices Could Boost Downtown Louisville Residency Rate http://wfpl.org/post/apartments-lower-prices-could-boost-downtown-louisville-residency-rate <p>Downtown Louisville lags behind similar cities in the number of housing units added since 2000.</p><p>If it wants to catch up, the cost to rent or buy downtown housing space must decrease.</p><p>Louisville could realistically add 2,500 residential units to downtown in the next 10 years—but the thinking has changed on who's the most interested buyer, according to a draft study released this week by the Downtown Development Corp.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:07:38 +0000 Joseph Lord 6153 at http://wfpl.org Apartments, Lower-Prices Could Boost Downtown Louisville Residency Rate