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A peek into the future
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The Kennedy and Lincoln Bridges may be getting some company on the Ohio — Greenberg’s plan includes a new pedestrian bridge in Portland. | Photo via Unsplash
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, 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
Loutoday_Craig Greenberg

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 of 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.
Monday, Nov. 20
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Chris Isaak | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 7:30 p.m. | The Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, Louisville | $56.75-$91.85 | Hear this American singer/songwriter and guitarist play tunes from his holiday album.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Thursday, Nov. 23
  • Louisville Hungry Turkey 5K | Thursday, Nov. 23 | 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Waterfront Park, 1101 E. River Rd., Louisville | $42.99 | Registration closes today for this riverside holiday run with donuts at the finish line.
Friday, Nov. 24
  • Houndmouth | Friday, Nov. 24-Saturday, Nov. 25 | 7 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $39.50 | See this local Americana band perform one night or two.
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Shift to a seasonal job at UPS
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Applying for this role is quick and easy — and you could even schedule your first day of work within 25 minutes. | Photo provided by UPS
The holidays are here — and UPS is hiring thousands of workers to help deliver what matters (read: holiday cheer).

Because Louisville Worldport is a major global hub for UPS, there are plenty of local opportunities, specifically for Day Sort Warehouse Workers.

What’s in it for you? A competitive hourly wage (giving you extra cash just in time for holiday shopping), and maybe even a full-time rewarding career in the future.
News Notes
  • $942 million. That’s how much money the KFC Yum! Center has brought to the city over the last nine years, according to a recent analysis of the venue’s economic impact. Over 50% of visitors came from outside Jefferson County and 25% from outside Kentucky. (WLKY)
  • Students in states that border Kentucky will soon be able to attend the University of Louisville at the in-state tuition rate. Beginning next fall, students from West Virginia and Ohio will pay the same rate as students from Kentucky as part of the Border Benefit award.
  • The Louisville Metro Council is accepting food donations this holiday season. The Association of Community Ministries will distribute the donated canned goods across its 13 community ministries. See the full list of locations where you can donate through Monday, Dec. 11.
  • With a corncob pipe and a button nose... Frosty the Snowman will be the Grand Marshal for the Lots of Lights parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, leading up to Light Up Louisville later that day. The parade kicks off at 6th + Jefferson streets at 6 p.m., with the annual tree lighting outside Metro Hall to follow at 7:45 p.m. (Spectrum News)
  • The Cards are in the top ten. Louisville football is ranked ninth in both the AP and Coaches polls this week, after their win over Miami. This Saturday, they’ll face Kentucky in a game that’s officially sold out. You can watch in on ABC at noon. (WLKY)
  • Catching a flight this winter? Consider adding extra time to navigate the airport during the busy holiday travel season. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) suggests arriving two hours before your flight’s departure to allow plenty of time to park, check in, and go through the security.*
Featured Deal
  • 502 Hemp is offering 15% off their high-quality, reliable CBD and hemp-derived products this holiday season. Use code Holiday15 at checkout to snag the deal. Happy holiday shopping, Louisville.*
  • Did you know? Greenville, SC is a pet-friendly haven for travelers. Plan the paw-fect trip with these dog-friendly experiences.*
Welcome to Louisville, World
Horses racing around a dirt track with crowds of people and two spires in the background.
The 150th Kentucky Derby is part of the reason Louisville made the list.
Louisville has a lot to offer — ahem — for locals and tourists alike, and the recognition is rolling in like a red carpet.

Travel + Leisure magazine recently included Derby City on its “The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2024" list. That’s after making the New York Times’ list of “52 Places to Go in 2023"go off, Louisville.

The upcoming 150th Kentucky Derby, recent hotel developments, opening of “Ali” the musical, and the spirits scene were a few of the reasons for Louisville’s inclusion.

Here are a few more reasons we think our city is worth a visit:
  • The parks: Louisville has one of only four completed park systems designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted.
  • The landmarks: Churchill Downs is worth seeing, even when it’s not the first Saturday in May.
  • The museums: There’s a lot learn in Derby City — from history, to art and science.
The Buy
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