Mayor Unveils Top 10 of 2007
Monday December 31, 2007
Louisville is City of Possibilities, Abramson says
From being named one of America’s safest cities to breaking ground for Museum Plaza and the downtown arena, 2007 was a year of possibilities for Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.
“It was a great and inspiring year for our city — and there’s much more to come in 2008,” Abramson said as he unveiled his list of the Top 10 projects and events for 2007. “Louisville is becoming known as a City of Parks and a place where high-tech biomedicine and sports events exist side by side.”
The Mayor’s Top 10:
- Construction begins on two major projects that will dramatically alter Louisville’s skyline: the 62-story Museum Plaza which will house a contemporary art museum, retail, condos and offices − and a new waterfront arena, which will host University of Louisville sports and other major sporting events and concerts.
- The City of Parks initiative − one of the nation’s largest parks expansion projects − moves aggressively forward in adding 4000 acres of new suburban parkland with the selection of a master planner, a series of public meetings, a new fitness and community center in Fern Creek, and the opening of canoe launches along Floyds Fork
- Louisville is again named one of America’s Safest Large Cities, as police launch “Keep Louisville Safe” − a campaign of tactics and awareness to reduce crime
- Center City and Iron Quarter projects are unveiled, to complement 4th Street Live, adding new entertainment and retail options to the unprecedented growth downtown
- Louisville’s downtown housing boom accelerates with new condos and apartments at all price levels and the start of the home-ownership phase at Liberty Green, which is transforming an entire neighborhood
- Louisville takes major strides in improving community health with a comprehensive smoking ban and increased access and focus on physical activity including new bicycle safety improvements, paths and lanes and the Louisville Loop, a 100-mile walking, hiking and biking path that will encircle and connect the community
- University of Louisville’s investment downtown continues with plans for a $300 million biomedical research park at the old Haymarket property
- Louisville grows new jobs by landing the corporate headquarters of PharMerica, a Fortune 1000 firm and accelerating the $1 billion expansion of the UPS WorldPort shipping hub at Louisville International Airport
- Louisville reduces the number of struggling readers by 9% with the Every 1 Reads partnership between the city, public schools and Greater Louisville Inc., the local chamber of commerce. Forty-one schools receive the Mayor’s Top Apple Award for improved reading scores − with one school improving scores by 36%
- Louisville’s reputation as a sports destination is underscored by hosting the 2007 Senior Games, the Ironman Triathlon and with the unveiling of plans for Louisville Champions Park which will attract local, national and international sporting events from soccer to cyclocross. Louisville also announces the Cup Experience, a series of events that will surround the 2008 Ryder Cup next September