Lou. mayor seeks ideas for city's future


by News Release


Posted on June 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) -- What if the Ohio River was lined with sandy beaches, from Valley Station to Prospect?
What if you could get to Cincinnati, Indianapolis or Lexington in 45 minutes without ever getting in a car?
What if every child in Louisville could walk or bike to school safely?
These are some of the ideas beginning to surface in the Vision Louisville project as Mayor Greg Fischer seeks in input for how the city should look, feel and flow over the next 25 years.
Today, Fischer announced a robust citizen-input process to seek 45,000 ideas over the next 45 days. "All ideas are welcome, and no idea is too big or too small," he said.
He made the announcement that the Urban Design Studio, 507 S. Third Street, will be the headquarters for Vision Louisville. The mayor also unveiled a new urban art exhibit -- Building Blocks of Louisville - which offers a minimalistic view of the city's neighborhoods. It was designed and curated by Patrick Piuma, who runs the Design Studio.
Vision Louisville is a community project to guide the future of Louisville and shape the built environment -- and the mayor is seeking input in numerous ways, from physical community meetings to virtual Twitter sessions.
"Louisville is constantly growing and changing," Mayor Fischer said. "Over the next 25 years we will see significant change, and we want input from the community on what those changes should be and how our city should look, feel and flow."
Vision Louisville is seeking public input in seven categories: economy, energy, connectivity, creativity, health, living and identity. A committee of citizens has been formed around each category to seek community ideas.
Eight town hall meetings are scheduled:
    Monday, July 1st - 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at the Parklands of Floyd's Fork
    Monday, July 8th - 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., at the Main Library Downtown, 301 York Street
    Tuesday, July 16th - 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at the Marine Hospital
    Saturday, July 20th - 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., at Bowman Field
    Monday, July 22nd - 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at the Outer loop Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop
    Thursday, August 1st - 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at IVY Tech Southern Indiana, 8204 Old Indiana 311, Sellersburg, IN 47172
    Saturday, August 3rd - 9 a.m.- 11a.m., at the Fairdale Playtorium, 10104 Mitchell Hill Road
    Tuesday, August 6th - 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at the NIA Center, 2900 West Broadway
There will also be "VisionLou and You" virtual meetings that will occur on July 17th and August 15th from 7 - 9 p.m. The public is invited to gather at the Urban Design Studio, 507 S. Third Street, for a party-like atmosphere to seek ideas over Twitter and Facebook. August 15th will mark the end of the public input phase, with a virtual meeting and celebration.