Friday, April 23, 2010

Meeting For Planned Retail Center on Dixie

The Courier-Journal is reporting on a neighborhood meeting next Thursday for the purpose of discussing a new retail center at 7144 Dixie Highway across from the Southwest Government Center. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 8008 St. Andrews Church Road.

Mark and Terry Clemons, owners of Park TV Sales and Service are planning to construct a retail center on four parcels of land they own at the site and along Textile Avenue. Before submitting a development proposal, however, they are required to hold a neighborhood meeting with adjoining property owners and community leaders.

Striking Jeffboat Workers Illegally Threatened

It has been revealed that striking Teamsters at Jeffboat were illegally threatened by the company 10 days ago in a letter mailed to their homes.  The letter, obtained by FOX41 News, states that workers would lose state unemployment benefits if they didn't return to work.  Sadly, this seems to be the operative ethic in American business these days.  There's no word on possible NLRB charges against American Commercial Lines, the operator of Jeffboat, for such an irresponsible and dirty move.

Talks between the company and the union will resume next week.  Stay out boys, until you win.  Some of us are behind you and your families 100%.  If you or someone you know is a Jeffboat worker on the picket line, please send me an email.  I'd like to speak with you. Just click my name above the Blogroll. Confidentiality is assured.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WFPL's "Next Louisville" Series- S/SW Louisville

UPDATE: Listen to the archived show HERE.

There will be a discussion on economic growth in Southwest Louisville that will be broadcast live on 89.3 WFPL Thursday. The producers want to make sure there are asses in the seats for this discussion. This shouldn't be a problem. From the Courier-Journal:

The program will air at 1 p.m. Thursday. Doors to the 70-seat Louisville Public Media studio, located at 619 S. Fourth St., will open at 12:30 p.m. Audience, phone and online questions will be fielded. Admission is free.

Also, this from WFPL:

Hey folks, this is Laura Ellis inviting you to join us for a live broadcast of State of Affairs focusing on South & Southwest Louisville, as part of our Next Louisville initiative. We’re on 4th Street between Broadway & Chestnut, next to the Louisville Palace. We’ll take questions and comments from our studio audience, calls from listeners at home, and hear from our panel members, listed below. Doors open at 12:30 & we’re live on the air from 1-2pm.

Pleasure Ridge Park, Valley Station, Riverport, Cane Run, Iroquois, Shively, Fairdale Auburndale and South Central the South/Southwest end of town just goes on and on. Over the years South/Southwest Louisville has had farms, a mall (Westland anyone?), neighborhoods, major department stores, and even a zoo! Nowadays the neighborhoods keep growing, but new retail development is hard to find. Residents are proud of their area and many who move away return, so why is it so hard to attract businesses? And like other areas, South/Southwest Louisville has other challenges as well. How can South/Southwest Louisville become a bigger player in the Metro?

Vince Jarboe, current president Southwest DreamTeam, business owner
Robert Price, former president, resident and business owner Southwest DreamTeam
Khalilah Collins, Executive Director, Women in Transition, Resident

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mayoral Forum on SW Issues -Tuesday, April 20th

Mayoral candidates invited to April District 12 Dialogue
Forum on Southwest Issues set for Tuesday, April 20th

Louisville – They are the men and women who want to be the next Mayor of Louisville Metro. Councilman Rick Blackwell has invited the candidates to talk about where they stand on issues at the April District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, April 20th.

“I want to give the people of Southwest Louisville a chance to hear where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to the people in this area,” says Blackwell. The April District 12 Dialogue will feature a Forum on Southwest Issues at the Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway beginning at 7:00pm. The Forum will focus on questions about Southwest Louisville.

“The format for this Dialogue will be a little different in that it is a chance to hear the candidates. We will not have our regular representatives from Metro agencies, but you will still be able to voice a concern about a significant issue to our area,” says Blackwell. “I hope everyone will take this opportunity to come out. We are not very far away from the May Primary and it’s important to hear from the candidates before you vote.”
If you have a question regarding a Southwest issue, please email it to or text your question, beginning with D12, to 35842. Questions must be sent in early as candidates will be given the questions a day in advance so that they may prepare thorough answers. Forum questions will be not be accepted at the event; however attendees will have the opportunity to speak one on one with the candidates.
For more information about the April District 12 Dialogue, contact Councilman Blackwell’s office at 574-1112.