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Louisville is Winning

Ten years ago, a small group of visionaries in Louisville, Kentucky, my adopted hometown, started dreaming big dreams. They dreamed that the desolate, post-apocalyptic mess of overgrown lots and former industrial buildings coupled underneath the city’s notorious Spaghetti Junction (where I-65, I-64 and I-71 meet) on the Ohio River could be beautiful, full of activity and the envy of downtowns everywhere. It was around that same time that a plan was being put together to breathe some life in Richmond’s long abandoned Canal System and downtown islands. Some things have worked well in both cities, but Richmond lags far behind the next major city westbound on I-64. Here’s why.


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