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I've never been to Louisville but some of those shots make it look alot like Dayton.
I bet Sherman thinks this place is hopping.
Jeffrey, have you checked out Park DuValle or Park Hill since they were redeveloped into something that City West is striving for?
There is a new redevelopment project on the west end (I think Clarksdale?) that is one of my favorites, with a mix of townhomes and apartment units in a very dense urban setting, with sustainable features designed and constructed.
Heard of the western downtown freeway, but thankfully the only segment constructed was the interchange with Interstate 64. It explains why the interchange stacks to the top and not to the bottom, as it had no connection with Main Street.
I have been to that Greyhound station many times so am familiar with the area. This is a total disaster.
I don't think Louisville was ever as urban (or intensley developed) as Pittsburgh or Cincinnati, because it had a broad flat flood plain to expand over. No topographical constraints. The downtown also developed different, without the dense district of high-rises. I might do a few more Louisville posts, but not sure about that since this is supposed to be Urban Ohio...sort of off topic.
What history do you have on Okolona, Fairdale, so forth?
You are correct in that there are no topographical constraints. Louisville developed differently than say, Cincinnati, in that while Louisville's core was very dense, it was surrounded by large swaths of farms and tiny farming communities that is unlike the railroad/streetcar suburbs of Norwood, Oakley, etc. that developed more around heavy industry and wealth. The only comparable neighborhoods is something like the Highlands, which really didn't get all that developed until the 1920s and 1930s.If you stand atop of the parking garage across from Humana and do a pano, you can count more skyscrapers and mid-rises than Cincinnati's downtown, but it is so incredibly spread out. That's because of UofL's medical campus and research park, which is next to downtown, and the hospital complexes, which are also next to downtown, but they are psychologically separated by blocks of low-rise buildings and surface lots. With Cincinnati, it's hills physically separated.