Concerns Raised Over Cordish Seeking $850,000 Forgivable Loan for New Tenant

After announcing a new restaurant will anchor Louisville’s downtown entertainment district, the Cordish Cos.— the Baltimore-based developer of Fourth Street Live—plans to ask Metro Government for a hefty $850,000 forgivable loan as part of its controversial 100-year-old, $1-per-year lease agreement with the city. Tavern on Fourth will be located on top of the Sports and […]

Ward-Pugh Discusses LGBT Issues in Online Testimonial

In a YouTube video for a gay rights group, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, discusses her faith, being an openly gay elected official and coming out to her family after relocating to the city. The group Straight Against Hate produces the weekly testimonials featuring various residents discussing their personal stories, bullying and Fairness laws […]

Historical Marker To Be Placed At Ali’s Childhood Home

A state historical marker that will eventually be placed at the childhood home of Muhammad Ali was unveiled today. The bronze marker is currently on display at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage. It will be moved to the west Louisville home in the spring. Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, grew up in […]

Hearings Set on Proposed Changes to Landmarks Ordinance

The Louisville Metro Council has scheduled two public hearings on proposed changes to the landmarks ordinance. Democratic Councilman David Yates is proposing significant changes to the law, which allows citizens to petition the Landmarks Commission for protected status for a building or monument. Preservationists argue that Yates’ amendments favor developers and undermine the system of […]

Council Members Urge State Lawmakers to Support Charter Schools

A bipartisan group of Louisville Metro Council members have signed a letter urging the Kentucky General Assembly to support charter schools legislation. Earlier this week, the House Education Committee held a hearing on a bill that would create charter schools in the state. Several supporters testified that Kentucky is being left behind as one of […]

Yates’s Landmark Ordinance Tabled for More Public Input

The Louisville Metro Council Planning and Zoning committee has tabled an amendment to the landmarks ordinance proposed by Councilman David Yates, D-25, which would make significant changes to the city’s land development code. The current ordinance requires residents to gather at least 200 signatures to petition the Landmarks Commission for protected status for a building […]

Ackerson Rips Council GOP for ‘Litmus Tests’

Calling them “juvenile” and “petty”, Louisville Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson, R-18, is lashing out at his Republican colleagues for endorsing a Tea Party challenger in the upcoming GOP primary. Six of the eight remaining Republican councilmen publicly support Marilyn Parker over Ackerson and have alleged he sided with Democrats on several issues after receiving preferential […]

Council GOP Divided Over Parker Endorsement

Louisville Metro Council members’ endorsement of candidate Marilyn Parker over incumbent Jon Ackerson, R-18, in this year’s primary has created a rift in the caucus, but GOP staffers are downplaying the division. Six of the eight remaining Republican members have publicly supported Parker, a former congressional candidate and Tea Party activist who has flirted with […]

Community Affairs Panel to Discuss Expunging Misdemeanors

The Louisville Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee is looking into the process of expunging minor offenses from criminal records. The committee isn’t drafting an ordinance or resolution at this time, but members say that’s possible depending on what they find out. Council members stress they aren’t discussing expunging felony charges, but lower offenses such as […]

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Files for District 8 Race

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Matthews is running for the Louisville Metro Council District 8 seat. The 28-year-old Democrat will face incumbent Tom Owen and Louisville Grows founder Mason Roberts in a three-way primary. Community activist Curtis Morrison was the first to challenge Owen, but he dropped out of the race Tuesday afternoon to run against […]