Louisville has a successful track record of completed brownfield/redevelopment projects. The Phoenix Awards, given to honor the groups that develop significant brownfields sites across the country, seek to recognize innovative yet practical remediation projects, which bring blighted, old commercial and industrial sites back to productive use.
The Phoenix Award Grand Prize was awarded to Louisville in 1999 for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at the University of Louisville and then, again in 2002 for "A Riverfront Reclaimed", which touted the reclaimed waterfront park and a new Triple A baseball stadium (Slugger Field).
4th Street Live! received recognition from Urban Land Institute in 2006 for a public-private partnership that revitalized Louisville's downtown, with a new entertainment and retail destination.
4th Street Live!