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3:46 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

You'll Soon Have to Pay Louisville Parking Meters on Saturdays

A Louisville parking meter.
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Soon, you'll get a parking ticket for not paying Louisville meters on Saturdays.

The city has for years had laws requiring motorists to feed the meters on Saturdays, but the Parking Authority of River City rarely enforced the rules, PARC said in a news release Friday. 

PARC is changing that—and it's also increasing meter rates.

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Local News
8:01 am
Mon May 19, 2014

SpreadLoveLou Organizers Still Hopeful Despite Reaching Fewer-Than-Hoped-For At-Risk Youth

The first SpreadLoveLou event last week at Metro Hall.
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A weeklong series of events aimed at reducing the cycle of violence in Louisville is over, and organizers are now looking to see if it will have any impact on young people in the city.

The events of SpreadLoveLou were meant to highlight the creativity of Louisville teenagers and present an alternative to violence. The events ran last week mostly in downtown Louisville and featured art such as poetry readings and dance. The series was inspired by a wave of youth violence downtown on March 22.

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11:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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In the wake of a violent outbreak in downtown Louisville led by a group of teenagers, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for "legal avenues" to hold the parents of delinquent children accountable.

That's according to a letter obtained by WFPL, which Fischer is set to release to citizens sometime this weekend.

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Local News
12:52 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

24 Security Cameras are Coming to Waterfront Park Following Downtown Louisville Violence


The city's response to Saturday night's violence in downtown Louisville now includes increased surveillance of Waterfront Park with 24 new security cameras. 

Mayor Greg Fischer announced the cameras on Wednesday. The cameras and installation, including the required fiber network, will cost about $227,000.

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.

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Local News
5:29 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Weekend Violence in Downtown Louisville Spurs Call For More Police, More Teen Voices

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad addresses community members and officials.
Credit Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Office

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.

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 string of deviancy began on Saturday evening.

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Local News
8:06 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

How Did So Much Violence Happen Saturday in Downtown Louisville?

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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.

The series of events, via police, plays out like this:

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.

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2:01 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Omni Set to Build New 600-Room Downtown Louisville Hotel—With Grocery, Retail Space

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Another luxury hotel is slated for construction in downtown Louisville—one brings with it a full service grocery store, retail space and 200 apartments.

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.

The $261 million project is being announced Thursday by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Landscape Designer Teams With Non-Profit on Downtown Louisville Botanical Garden Project


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.

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.

The project will be funded through donations. Voelker said the project is already gaining financial support; more than $250,000 has been raised.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

What Louisville Can Do To Compete For Innovation and Growth

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Louisville’s new downtown restaurant Sidebar is packed with young professionals—new transplants—from all over the country. They're attending the monthly meet-up group New2Lou, which aims to welcome the recently-arrived to the city.

When I ask them why they came to Louisville I get similar answers: Humana, Ford Motor Company, the University of Louisville.


It’s why many people come to Louisville and it’s sometimes why people leave—for better opportunities or more money.

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Local News
12:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Louisville Developers Announce Another Downtown Hotel—This One 'Funky' And 'Hip'

Mayor Greg Fischer helps announce the $22 million eight-story development Aloft Hotel.

Louisville developers plan to build a new hotel downtown that will offer an upscale, modern option for people visiting the area.

“It's funky, its hip, its cool and its upscale,” says developer Steve Poe, whose company will lead the project.

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.

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