Monday July 7, 2008
City of Parks, biking initiatives cited
Citing its expanding park system, the addition of biking lanes and a bustling downtown, Outside Magazine has named Louisville one of its “Best Towns of 2008.”
Louisville ranked 7th on the list of 20 cities, published in the August issue, which hits newsstands this week.
“In 2005, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced ambitious plans to create 4,000 acres of new greenspace and link all city parks with a 100-mile walk-and-bike trail,” the cover article, titled Where to Live Now, said. “The cyclist mayor has also added 40 miles of bike lanes to city streets and required that all new roads be built with designated lanes.”
The report also noted that downtown is “rebounding with a vengeance” and it cited hip new spots like Proof on Main and 21C Museum Hotel, as well as the 6,200-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, the largest city-owned forest in America.
“All of us who live in Louisville know how great our city is,” Abramson said. “Now, the 2.1 million readers of Outside Magazine know it, too.”
Abramson noted that it’s been a banner few weeks for Louisville. In June, Louisville was named the Most Livable Large City in America by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Also last month, the Louisville Water Company won the Best Tasting Water in America competition.
“In Possibility City, we’ve got the best of everything,” Abramson said.
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