Thursday August 30, 2012
What should Louisville look like in 25 years?
That’s the question Mayor Greg Fischer posed to citizens today as he announced a city effort to create a 25-year vision for Louisville.
“All great cities, from Paris to New York, have developed visions and then worked to implement them,” Fischer said. “This project will allow us to imagine the Louisville of the future – our parks, our arts, neighborhoods and public transit.”
Vision Louisville — www.visionlouisville.com — will be a year-long process that seeks to define the future of the city through a collaborative and inclusive planning process. It will attempt to lay a blueprint for economic growth and sustainability that will make Louisville competitive globally while maintaining the qualities that make the city unique. Visit the site and contribute your thoughts.
The project is a collaborative effort between citizens, the Metro Government, and an internationally renowned architectural and planning firm based in Oslo, Norway — Space Group. Gary Bates, of Space Group, will be leading the Louisville project. He is familiar with Louisville and has done work in Lexington.
Space Group and its collaborators will seek input from citizens about their dreams and visions for Louisville through a series of public engagement efforts online, via social media, via a website and through physical workshops and forums.
The first opportunity for citizen input will be at IdeaFestival September 19 through 22, where 3D printers will be set up in the lobby of the Kentucky Center for citizens to create their own future Louisville.
This will allow citizens to watch their own ideas for Louisville’s development take form and the ideas will then be collected and used as inspiration for the planning team and the public.
Entrepreneur Matthew Barzun and business executive Maria Hampton have agreed to co-chair the vision effort.
Barzun is a founding team at CNET, was US Ambassador to Sweden, and is the chair of President Barack Obama’s re-election national fundraising effort. He and his wife, Brooke, have made a financial donation through The Community Foundation of Louisville to fund the first phase of this planning process. Hampton is the vice president and senior branch executive of the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
“Our undertaking is big and bold and requires us to dig deep and to think innovatively,” Fischer said. “What does our future look like and how do we encourage growth, preservation, sustainability, authenticity, weirdness, quality of place — all the things that make Louisville special. The visioning process will challenge us to embrace what’s possible.”