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Louisville’s 20-year future according to Mayor Craig Greenberg

He’s a man with a plan

sun setting over a bridge in Louisville, KY

The Kennedy and Lincoln Bridges may be getting some company on the Ohio — Greenberg’s plan includes a new pedestrian bridge in Portland.

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Picture this:: Louisville has grown to include over a million residents, there are 20,000 more trees across town, and the KFC Yum! Center is home to a WNBA team — what should we call them?

That future is part of Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg’s vision for the next 15-20 years, as outlined in his Growing Louisville Together plan. Greenberg released a 52-page draft last week, saying he hopes it will place Louisville, “among the great cities in our country.”

Quick facts:

Here are some high level things you should know about this draft:

  • It’s been in development since mid-August
  • It came about after two public comment sessions and six meetings with ~80 community stakeholders
  • Two professional consulting firms were used: Ginovus + Thomas P. Miller & Associates
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Mayor Craig Greenberg’s plans include a new, city-wide brand identity.

Photo courtesy of Wales Hunter – Louisville Metro Government

The nitty-gritty:

The mayor has proposed several policy, construction and development changes, some of which include:

  • Universal pre-k for all three and four-year-olds
  • Creation of a flagship waterfront festival with music, food, and water-based activities
  • Construction of another pedestrian bridge, connecting the Portland neighborhood to Shippingport Island + the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Indiana
  • A multi-million dollar renovation of the Belvedere, an idea Greenberg has spoken about before
  • Launch a Center for International Diplomacy at the Muhammad Ali Center through partnerships with the Universities of Louisville + Kentucky
  • 15,000 new affordable housing units by 2027
  • 300 Black-owned businesses by 2027
  • $100 million toward redesigning downtown streetscapes
  • Development of a new city brand

Got thoughts? Share them with the Greenberg administration via this online survey.