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Local News
10:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Louisville Teens Express Safety Concerns, 'Push Back' in Conversations About Downtown Violence

Jayjuan Taylor
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Young residents who attended a pair of discussions  Thursday in West Louisville to address a recent string of violence downtown expressed concerns about safety in their neighborhoods, but also questioned the usefulness of the city-sponsored talks.

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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

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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.
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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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Local News
12:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

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

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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
10:04 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Waterfront Independence Festival Has Uncertain Future

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This year may be the last for the Waterfront Independence Festival. The two-day event at Waterfront Park featuring free music, children’s activities and fireworks has been losing money since 2008.

The festival is now in its 15th year and usually has an attendance of about 150,000. Waterfront Development Corporation spokeswoman Ashley Smith says the festival brings people together from all over the city.

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Environment
12:23 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Waterfront Park Named Finalist for Urban Design Award

Courtesy Waterfront Development Corporation

Louisville’s Waterfront Park is up for a major urban development award. The park is one of five finalists for the Rudy Bruner Award, which describes itself as a “search for examples of the often overlooked excellence [in urban areas].”

Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem says just being a finalist is great news for the park and for Louisville.

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