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- May 8, 2008 7:55 am at 7:55 am #63682
What do you guys know about it? Any pros or cons about this city? I have read it is even more affordable than columbus, is it boring? The new tower they are building looks cool. What are the main attractions? good food? nightlife? Are there any walkable urban areas close to downtown? I used to go there all the time growing up, but I have not been in over 10 years. All i remember is the Bardstown Rd. area.May 8, 2008 8:03 am at 8:03 am #198265
Louisville is home to one of if not the best outdoor skatepark in the nation. full access 24 hours a day and centrally located. I would like to say that there is a decent walking/biking route that runs along downtown with the skatepark. However that is the extent of my knowledge.May 8, 2008 8:07 am at 8:07 am #198266
Ashland wrote I have read it is even more affordable than columbus
I think it depends on who’s doing the survey:May 8, 2008 8:20 am at 8:20 am #198267
Louisville is set up like a giant bicylce tire that has been sliced evenly in half. You have downtown then several main roads (spokes) that branch out to the East, South, and West. North of Downtown is Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and New Albany Indiana. There are two outer bypasses, 264 and 265 that ring Louisville with 3 major interstates that all come together downtown, 71, 64 and 65. Needless to say getting around is not confusing to even the biggest idiot. If you go north on anything you will end up downtown because all north south routes go there.
Louisville is an awesome city. I lived there a combined five years- I went back twice but my job kept pulling me back out. It is very comparable to Columbus in its forward thinking. Downtown they turned a dead mall similar to ours into an entertainment district complete with a restaurant that has a bowling alley in it, night clubs, Hard Rock Cafe, on and on and on- and they extended the road right through it. It would be similar to running Town street through our defunct mall. As much as I LOVE Columbus I still believe that Louisville has it beat by at least 15 years. They were focused on fixing their downtown in the mid 90’s and had more momentum then than we do now here.
Downtown has a stadium with a new hockey arena under construction. There is Churchill Downs for horse racing and derby. Before derby each year they put on the largest fireworks show in the world- it is truly awe inspiring- they call it Thunder Over Louisville. 10 blocks from downtown is a Six Flags, convention center and another stadium for the university. Oh and there is a fairly new convention center downtown as well. So that makes 2 convention centers, amusement park, 2 stadiums and a hockey arena, a 24 hour entertainment district and of course Louisville Slugger is down there too.
Bardstown Road is the sort of cross culture hangout where everyone converges. It is similar to the SN but about 10-15 miles longer. It is based more in food and hippies than art. Along Bardstown you have Cherokee Triangle which is the trendy/hip place to live – like Vic Village but more reasonably priced. Then there is Cherokee Park which was designed if I’m not mistaken by the same guy that did New York’s Central Park. It is definitely modeled off of something like that with a continuous stretch of one-way road. The full tour is a 4 mile circle- however every ten yards there is a road that branches off to another smaller park, or ball fields, or homes. It is THE place to be if you like to watch half dressed people exercise. To the east of Bardstown Road is Shelbyville Rd and Frankfort Ave which are both more upscale trendy dining meccas.
There are about 8 malls in the area with St. Matthew’s being the most prestigious and Oxford being almost next door to it. Don’t forget southern Indiana. Ten minutes from Louisville is Caesars Palace baby sister, Caesars Indiana casino. Supposedly the largest riverboat casino in the world. I actually worked there when it opened – ugh! Great gambling and food though.
edit: also the entire riverfront for about 15 miles is covered in grass and big stadium style lights for you to play football till 2am. There are fountains, fishing and marinas, apartments etc.
I could go on for days but I have work to do. Hope this helps.May 8, 2008 8:36 am at 8:36 am #198268
Wow, thanks for all the info, more than i could have asked for. I think I will make a trip down there or next weekend, as i said it has been at least 10 years since i have been there. I have just had an overwhelming desire to move recently. nothing against Columbus, but I have been here around 7 years or so, and ready to see something else. I just want to move without having to relocate to “destination cities”: Chicago, ny, sf, etc. Who knows might never happen, but i really want to move and experience somewhere else.May 8, 2008 8:45 am at 8:45 am #198269
I’ve had some of that itch myself lately.May 8, 2008 8:50 am at 8:50 am #198270
I could totally move to Louisville and be happy. I’ve had a blast every time I’ve been there.May 8, 2008 8:50 am at 8:50 am #198271
I’m going to Louisville, Ohio this weekend for Mother’s Day. (My wife’s parents live there, and my mom lives in Alaska – so it’s a phone call for her.) All in all, it’s a pretty nice small town, near Canton. Lots of farms, a nice YMCA, and their football team went to the state finals in Div. II last fall.May 8, 2008 8:57 am at 8:57 am #198272
Wait, does Louisville Ohio have an identity crisis? They should totally rename their city.May 8, 2008 9:15 am at 9:15 am #198273
blammo wrote Wait, does Louisville Ohio have an identity crisis? They should totally rename their city.
It’s all in the pronunciation. LEW-ISS-VILLE. Not LEWY-VILLE.May 8, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am #198274
MatthewJR30 wrote Downtown they turned a dead mall similar to ours into an entertainment district complete with a restaurant that has a bowling alley in it, night clubs, Hard Rock Cafe, on and on and on- and they extended the road right through it. It would be similar to running Town street through our defunct mall.
Is this that 4th Street Live thing? I think that was the name of it. All I know is that I had so much fun I was grateful I only had to stumble back to my hotel. I was with a fairly easy going group, but it was so easy to please everyone. Dueling piano bar, dance club, Hard Rock, somewhere that was playing reggae. We had a blast!
MatthewJR30 wrote Bardstown Road is the sort of cross culture hangout where everyone converges. It is similar to the SN but about 10-15 miles longer. It is based more in food and hippies than art. Along Bardstown you have Cherokee Triangle which is the trendy/hip place to live – like Vic Village but more reasonably priced. Then there is Cherokee Park which was designed if I’m not mistaken by the same guy that did New York’s Central Park. It is definitely modeled off of something like that with a continuous stretch of one-way road. The full tour is a 4 mile circle- however every ten yards there is a road that branches off to another smaller park, or ball fields, or homes. It is THE place to be if you like to watch half dressed people exercise. To the east of Bardstown Road is Shelbyville Rd and Frankfort Ave which are both more upscale trendy dining meccas.
I suck so I don’t pay attention to bar or restaurant names, but I’ve hung out here a few times as well and love it. I’d need to spend more time not entertaining clients, but at first sight, I could live here fairly easy.
MatthewJR30 wrote Don’t forget southern Indiana. Ten minutes from Louisville is Caesars Palace baby sister, Caesars Indiana casino. Supposedly the largest riverboat casino in the world. I actually worked there when it opened – ugh! Great gambling and food though.
Strangely, I think I had one of my best meals ever here. It was a combination of great food, good service, and awesome company, but yeah. It was the steak restaurant on the boat (again with the names, lol) and I’ve been trying to get back ever since. My only complaint, the air quality systems are definitely not as good as in Vegas because the smoke really bothered me and I’m a smoker. Also, if I remember correctly, the bars on the boat didn’t stay open very late which was odd so we were forced back to the room with the mini bar instead!May 8, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am #198275
I spoke to my mother just now about moving, and her opinion is that Louisville is 10x more walkable than Columbus, and has so many eclectic neighborhoods. She mentioned one area close to downtown, that has all these wonderful brownstones. It sounds really cool, and it is hard to find cool cities nowdays where you can live and still be able to save for retirement.May 8, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am #198276
I know Louisville well. IMO moving there would be a lateral move, but I’d say go for it. It’s a bit more forward thinking and it’s in Kentucky, not Ohio.May 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm #198277
blammo wrote Wait, does Louisville Ohio have an identity crisis? They should totally rename their city.
It’s all in the pronunciation. LEW-ISS-VILLE. Not LEWY-VILLE.
It’s actually LEW-UH-VULL (the Kentucky one)
-Naturally beautiful…has trees and rolling hills in abundance. It’s slightly warmer so there is a little more diversity in flora, though nothing dramatic. The park system rocks! A lot of the parks were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who did Central Park in NYC and many other parks and college campuses in the US. Cherokee Park is probably the most well known in Louisville, but Iroquois Park is actually bigger and has more old-growth forest and Shawnee Park also exists, but it’s in a kinda neglected part of town. Those 3 big parks are connected by a parkway system, which is kinda neat. There are many other smaller parks designed by Olmsted, and besides those there is Cave Hill Cemetery (actually really pretty, and the resting place of Colonel Sanders and other Louisville bigwigs) and Jefferson Memorial Forest, which is located in the southwestern part of the city and is a freaking forest in an urban metropolitan area (complete with longish hiking trails and camping possibilities). There is also the Ohio River which people take advantage of for sailing and whatnot, moreso than Cincy folks do in my experience.
-The people there are really cool, kind of a quirky mix of Southern/Midwestern/Appalachian but in a mostly good way. To give you an idea, some famous Louisvillians are Hunter S. Thompson, Muhammad Ali and Will Oldham. A lot of people in the city lean liberal-ish, and through some amazing quirk of happenstance a Jewish mayor has been in office for the better part of the last few decades.
-The neighborhoods are really nice and pretty, especially on the near east end. The Highlands is really cool, it has a bunch of nice bars and restaurants and is really well integrated with Cherokee Park. Frankfort Ave. is nice. Old Louisville has a large collection of Victorian-era homes. It has its problems, but if you go to Louisville you should definitely take a walk around St. James Court and the surrounding area in Old Louisville. I would say that it’s not as nice as German Village, as some of the houses are not well cared for, but it has a lot of potential. The downside is that it has been that way for decades, and will take a miracle for serious changes to come to it.
-It has a really low cost of living.
-Mass transit is nothing to write home about, but it does have trolley buses. They used to be free, but I think they cost a small fare now. They take you from the trendy parts of town to downtown and back pretty regularly.
-Slugger Field is awesome, especially if you are a Reds fan, as Louisville is currently that club’s AAA team. It’s like a scaled-down big league ballpark, and you can get really good seats for like 6 bucks. If Columbus’ new park turns out this way, it will be really nice.
-Really good music/arts/theatre scene
-I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the pizza in Columbus. Louisville’s pizza is like a breath of fresh air comparatively. Actually, there are a lot of really nice restaurants in Louisville along Bardstown Rd. and Frankfort Ave.
-The Derby is kind of a hoot, and traditional industries in the city include tobacco, liquor and horse racing. Liquor taxes are really low.
-Some of the neighborhoods, especially in the outskirts, are strip-mally and there are pockets of McMansions constantly sprouting up on the east end where pretty forests used to be. Some neighborhoods are really run down and not well cared for at all.
-Higher education isn’t that great…UofL used to be a true commuter school, though it’s been improving recently. It has good professional programs, but some fields are really lacking in funds, like the humanities. And now we enter the wacky world of Kentucky state politics. The rest of the state has a chip on its shoulder because Louisville is by far the biggest city in Kentucky, and Frankfort tends to hate to send money to Louisville and won’t when it can help it. A lot of Kentuckians call Louisville “part of Indiana”, and some Louisvillians do it, too! It’s a little provincial, and it can make things a little tricky when it comes to funding things.
-There is some racial tension in the city.
-I don’t like hard rock cafes or trendy malls, so the new downtown 4th street live thing doesn’t do it for me. The new downtown riverfront park is nice, though.
-If you tell people you are from Kentucky, negative images immediately pop into their heads. If they have those images of Louisville, they are incredibly mistaken, but it happens.
-Lots of nepotism and high school loyalty in the business world, or that’s my perception at least.May 12, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am #198278
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