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This project is for the birds Cards
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This corner of 2nd Street and W. Brandeis Avenue will completely change under the plans. | Image via WHAS11
Around Louisville, it’s well known that Cardinals fly, but a project at the University of Louisville is working to ensure that they can also walk and bike.

The University of Louisville Transportation and Pedestrian Improvement Project plans to reshape how the streets surrounding campus operate, specifically 2nd and 3rd Streets from Eastern Parkway to W. Cardinal Boulevard on the northwest side.

UofL is working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on the plans, which are currently in the design phase. Officials hope to secure federal funding for the project, with the construction timeline TBD.

The project will:
  • Close a portion of 2nd Street — between Cardinal Boulevard and Brandeis Avenue — to vehicular traffic, converting it to a multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Close W. Brandeis Avenue — between 3rd and 4th Streets — to vehicular traffic, creating a facility for pedestrians and cyclists that will include bollards, seatwalls, and artistic paintings on the pavement
  • Reconfigure 3rd Street to create a new “road diet,” which will include two dedicated bike lanes + two-way traffic
  • Create dedicated bus pull-offs along 3rd Street, allowing for traffic to continue around buses during stops
  • Install decorative fencing along 3rd Street to create a barrier between vehicle traffic and pedestrians
  • Remove street parking on a stretch of Cardinal Boulevard to create dedicated turning lanes
  • Move the entrance to the Speed Art Museum north
Fraternity and sorority houses line a street.

Unity Way, in front of UofL’s Greek Row, would also be closed to vehicular traffic as part of the plan.

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Photo via WHAS11

It coincides with a similar project happening up the road in Old Louisville, which will convert 2nd + 3rd Streets — from Cardinal Boulevard north to Broadway — to two-way traffic by 2027.

Want to weigh in on the project? Officials are currently accepting public comments + questions.
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, May 14
  • WWCL Annual Conference & Awards | Tuesday, May 14 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Ave., Louisville | $50-$95 | Hear experts share insights on well-being, resilience, and workplace culture + network with other like-minded professionals.
  • City and Colour | Tuesday, May 14 | 8 p.m. | Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St., Louisville | $40.50-$60.50 | See the Canadian singer-songwriter known for popular tunes like “The Girl.”
Wednesday, May 15
  • Bourbon & Birdies: A Dinner with Fred Noe | Wednesday, May 15 | 6-9 p.m. | James B. Beam Distilling Co., 526 Happy Hollow Rd., Clermont | $275 | Enjoy a four-course dinner with Kentucky-inspired fare + curated bourbon pairings, plus live music and storytelling from the Jim Beam master distiller.
Thursday, May 16
  • “Wildcat” at the Speed Cinema | Thursday, May 16-Thursday, May 23 | Times vary | Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd St., Louisville | $8-$12 | See the Ethan Hawke-directed film about Flannery O’Connor that was paritally shot in Louisville.
Friday, May 17
  • Pickin’ in Paristown | Friday, May 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Paristown, 720 Brent St., Louisville | Free | Cut a rug — or bring your own lawn chair — at this free outdoor concert series featuring Bluegrass music.
Saturday, May 18
  • Old Louisville Springfest | Saturday, May 18 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Toonerville Trolley Park, 1215 S. Brook St., Louisville | Free | Listen to music all day, sip a cold one in the beer garden, and let the kids burn off some energy on the inflatables.
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Navigate the airport’s parking garage like a pro
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Find an open parking spot wherever there’s a green light. | Photo provided by Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Forget getting dizzy driving around a parking garage. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) makes navigating the parking garage easy. Its Park Assist® Parking Guidance System indicates which specific spaces are available or occupied using color-coded lights. This offers predictability, security, and eases the parking process for travelers and airport visitors.

Pro tip: Pre-book the Express Shuttle Lot parking (just $5 per day) or save $5 on an Uber or Lyft rideshare to SDF.
 
News Notes
 
Open
  • The Last Refuge, the bourbon bar + brand experience for Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Whiskey, is partially open. One room in the space will be open for the next month, with limited hours and menu. The full grand opening is slated for later this summer.
Eat
  • For the first time since the pandemic, Jack Fry’s will be open for Sunday dinner service this summer. The high-end southern eatery at 1007 Bardstown Rd. will open at 5:30 p.m. each Sunday starting July 7.
Arts
  • Louisville has a lot of majestic murals around town, but there’s always room for more. Aspiring muralists can work on their skills or attempt a rough draft of their upcoming project at Louisville Visual Art’s Free Wall, a brick exterior wall located at 1538 Lytle St.
Traffic
  • New highway signs for the Norton Sports and Learning Complex are being posted around Louisville. The brown attraction signs are being installed at six different interstate locations near the venue over the next week, directing drivers to the space that has welcomed nearly 400,000 attendees since it opened in 2021.
Shop
  • Lynn Family Stadium will host a weekly outdoor market, staring this Sunday, May 19. Local businesses + vendors will offer fresh produce, handmade goods, and more each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the summer — rain or shine. Parking is free.
Sports
  • Illinois transfer Coleman Hawkins might be joining Louisville’s men’s basketball program. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews and more from local experts of the Cards with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    Biz
    • What are people delegating? Getting to inbox zero, calendar management, travel, cold calls, leveraging AI, managing CRMs, expense reports, returns, waiting on customer service calls, household management, and much more. With Athena, you can achieve more time, freedom, success, and impact. See how to score a $1,500 credit.*
     
     
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    A garden has grown downtown
    A garden features benches and a horse statue.
    The Community Healing Garden is free and open to the public. | Photo by Kateryna Sellers
    Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Louisville, there’s a new tranquil spot for Louisvillians to stop and reflect.

    The Community Healing Garden, located outside of the Louisville Ballet headquarters at 315 E. Main St., was dedicated last week.

    The garden was created to honor the Old National Bank shooting, which took place in April 2023. And like the name implies, the community came together to support the project — with six local business + leaders funding the project.

    It was designed by Lexington-based landscaper Jon Carloftis, who notably has worked on the Governor’s Mansion gardens in Frankfort.

    The garden features a walking path lined with stone benches that weave through gardens featuring heat-tolerant plants, including Artemisia and Hollywood Juniper. The garden also includes a Gallopalooza horse, which was inspired by the “Waltz of the Flowers” from “The Nutcracker,” designed by artist Andy Perez.

    The garden is free and open to the public.
     
    The Buy
     
    Apple pie made easy. We’re celebrating National Apple Pie Day by warming up some of this Apple Pie Jam from Adams Apple Co. with a little bit of ice cream.
     
     
    The Wrap
     
    Jeff-Milby-headshot-LOU Today’s edition by:
    Jeff
    From the editor
    The City of Louisville is really getting into the swing of things. The PGA Championship begins this week at Valhalla Golf Club.

    Want to swing along? Take a peek out our golf guide and find a tee time near you.
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