It’s Primary Election Day in Kentucky. Go Vote Louisville Tuesday, May 19 2015 

go vote

Louisville, Ky. – Go vote. It’s as simple as that. Polls are open until 6 p.m. tonight. To find your precinct check the Jefferson County Clerk’s elections website.

go vote

THE WEEK: Riding On with the GOP Squabble, the Kingdom’s Reign, Wicked Operator and a Tremendous Headline Friday, May 15 2015 


It’s been a pretty good week, so I’m writing this update while biking to work. OK, while wishing I was biking somewhere other than work. We’ve got some media moves, dirty politics and fun events this week. The highlights:

Ziegler Returns: If anyone missed him, controversial talk show host John Ziegler is back on local airwaves. Though its only once a week. The dude is, well, entertaining. WHAS is also bringing back Mandy Connell, so we’ll see how that goes. (LEO Weekly)

But Lach, and SportsTalk, is Gone: Lachlan McLean and SportsTalk 84 on WHAS is in the history books. Lach got a nice media send-off, and WAVE-3 did a piece with Lach and predecessors Van Vance and Tony Cruise.

Thrill is On: Ed Hart has everything going according to plan at Kentucky Kingdom, as he told an audience at Business First’s What’s Brewing Breakfast this week. There’s a bunch of new rides, and Hart is now marketing to Nashville and Indy.  Is he really smarter than the rest of us? (

RS97AlliTruttmanWicked Woman, Wicked Sheets: If you don’t know about the entrepreneurial adventure that is ’s own Wicked Sheets, tune in to this week’s Rusty Satellite Show.

But Can He Sing?  Wednesday night, I went to Great American Ballpark in Cincy and saw Raisel Iglesias nearly no-hit the Braves.  The rookie, just recalled from the Bats, threw his gem before a sparse crowd of about 17,000, which is how we got seats on the 3rd row. Hint: StubHub. Former Bats Todd Frazier (HR), Billy Hamilton (Triple) and Zack Cozart (Double) led the Reds offense.

7 Years, $52 Million. That’s the amount in UK coach John Calipari’s contract extension. And he didn’t even win the Tournament. He’ll be the highest paid coach in the country when he gets to $8 million a year. (USA Today)

The Gloves Come Off: With less than a week before their primary (which will likely draw less than 10 percent of Kentucky Republicans to the polls), Hal Heiner, James Comer and Matt Bevin are pointing fingers at each other. Dirty politics? Yes. Did Comer sexually abuse his college girlfriend? Whether he did or not, will it cost him the election? Here’s Heiner’s latest volley.

Swingers at French Lick – I just love saying French Lick, sort of like going to Big Bone Lick in Kentucky. The best senior golfers in the PGA are at French Lick this weekend, including Kentucky’s Russ Cochran, my favorite lefty.

You Can Get Arrested for This: It looks like Tom Mabe nearly pranked himself into jail, impersonating a copy at Mid-City Mall and at 28th and Broadway. But it was funny.

8. Memphis. 9. . 10. Houston: Time Magazine reports ’s music scene is among its Top Ten. Nashville, of course, is first. I’m not sure how we got ahead of Chicago (Time)

Ramsey Lessons: This week, Dr. James Ramsey learned that the media will definitely report details of multi-million dollar compensation packages you designate for yourself and your staff, that your Trustees will question your integrity, and throwing a public fit will only make it worse. (Insider ).

So, It’s OK to Deal Drugs in the Frat House: A judge ruled that cops can’t walk in a frat house unannounced and start arresting people, even if the door is unlocked. (C-J)

Thanks this week for all the assistance on the site to Jackie Bentley for posting our news items. Catch all the week’s news at

And Finally, One of the Best Headlines of All Time, From the C-J: Huge Increase in Louisvillians Getting Drunk.

Go tie one on this weekend!





Attorney General Jack Conway Files Suit Against Marathon for Gouging in Louisville and other Kentucky Cities Wednesday, May 13 2015 

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Attorney General Jack Conway filed a lawsuit today in federal court against Marathon Petroleum.  The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky, alleges that Marathon engages in anti-competitive practices that lead to higher gas prices for consumers across Kentucky.

“For almost two decades, Marathon has been allowed to run rampant in Kentucky,” Attorney General Conway said.  “Marathon owns and operates the only refinery in Kentucky, and it maintains its wholesale monopoly by making retailers and other potential suppliers enter into contracts that are outright anti-competitive.  This conducts harms everyone who buys gas in Kentucky.”

As reflected in the complaint filed Tuesday, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) believes Marathon violated state and federal antitrust laws by abusing the monopoly created when Marathon and Ashland Oil merged in 1998. Jack Conway

The suit alleges Marathon abused its monopoly, which led to higher gas prices for Kentucky consumers and businesses. The price disparity is most pronounced in the Louisville and Covington markets, where retailers are required to sell reformulated gas (RFG) during the summer months to reduce pollution emissions and improve air quality.  Gas prices in are generally 20 to 30 cents higher than the rest of the state.  When is compared to St. Louis, an RFG market of similar size in the region, gas prices averaged roughly 25 cents more per gallon in than St. Louis in the summer of 2014.

The Office of the Attorney General alleges that Marathon discourages competition by requiring independent retailers to sign unlawful supply agreements that eliminate wholesale competition, by forming exchange agreements with horizontal competitors that keep other suppliers from entering the Kentucky market, and by writing deed restrictions into the sales agreements of some properties sold by Marathon.

The Attorney General’s investigation uncovered that some supply agreements Marathon enters into with retailers require retailers to purchase 100 percent of their RFG from Marathon, with penalties if the retailers fail to do so.  The agreements also prohibit unbranded retailers from challenging Marathon’s pricing.

Marathon executes exchange agreements with other major suppliers, which allows Marathon to supply branded stations with gasoline.  Through these agreements, Marathon has limited competition.  The competitors have no incentive to upgrade their refineries and supply infrastructure to produce and deliver RFG to Kentucky because Marathon is already supplying the stations with gasoline.

Marathon further reduces competition by adding deed restrictions to some of the property parcels it sells.  The restrictions prohibit the purchaser of the property from selling gas or operating a convenience store.  Some of the restrictions have an exception that will allow for development of a gas station – if the station sells only Marathon gas.

History of the Merger & OAG Investigation
When Ashland and Marathon merged in the late 1990s, the Federal Trade Commission said one state bore watching because the merger could create a lack of competition at the wholesale level.  That state was Kentucky.

Attorney General Conway first started investigating gas prices in Kentucky in 2008 after it became clear that Kentucky stations were charging more for a gallon of gasoline than retailers in surrounding states.  The disparity was even more significant in markets like and Covington, where retailers are required to sell reformulated gas during the summer months.

In 2008, Attorney General Conway forwarded his investigation to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It declined to review the merger.  In 2011, Attorney General Conway spoke with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and forwarded the investigation to the Department of Justice’s Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group.  In 2014, when new commissioners were named to the FTC, Attorney General Conway once again asked for a review of the merger and its impact on Kentucky.

“I am tired of waiting for the federal government to do its job and act on this case,” Attorney General Conway said.  “There is too much at stake, so we’ve taken matters into our own hands.  We are standing up for Kentucky consumers and proceeding with our own antitrust case against Marathon.”

To view a copy of the complaint, visit –

To view a video of the press conference, visit –

Back to the Thrill – Hart Has Kentucky Kingdom Going Strong Tuesday, May 12 2015 


In the world of business, it’s a bit of a thrill to interact with a big personality like Ed Hart. He was the featured speaker today at Business First’s What’s Brewing Breakfast. Normally these events feature a panel of two or three rather important business folks, but Hart easily carried the banter on his own with host Cary Stemle.

Ed Hart during our interview for the Rusty Satellite Show

Ed Hart during our interview for the Rusty Satellite Show

Listen to my interview with Hart from Dec. 2013 on the Rusty Satellite Show

Hart is the architect behind Kentucky Kingdom, Part 3. He’s the one who resurrected the park in the 1990s, made it the top tourist destination in the state, sold it, watched the buyers run it into the ground, then fought for several years to get it reopened. Along with way, he won a lawsuit against a TV station over a false report, a historic verdict that took 12 years to run through the appeals process.

And today, after a lengthy intro to accommodate all those accomplishments, Hart explained how Kentucky Kingdom is on the verge of another record-setting run of success, with eight new rides opening this season and an expected expansion of the park’s appeal to outer markets.

Ever the optimist, Hart explained that while season pass sales are down slightly, he expects to make up the difference in attendance with expanded reach. And he said that of the 117,000 season passes sold a year ago, 10,000 were never used and another 22,000 were used just once. In Hart’s logical mind, many of those who bought season passes and didn’t use them a year ago will come to the park at least once this time.

“We are the thrill park, the place to ride,” he said.

Hart’s humor wasn’t lost on the crowd. He talked about last year’s controversial incident in which a park employee asked a breast-feeding patron to move to a more private location, resulting in an eruption of bad press from mother’s groups across the country. Hart himself took on the P.R. for that one, explaining that after the park made it clear that breast-feeding moms are welcome, he touted it as the “Breast Theme Park” in the land.

He also acknowledged that the previous operator, Six Flags, had earned a negative reputation, especially in the city’s East End. “It took the East End longer to embrace the park,” he said. “The park did not have a good reputation the last 10 years. We have 25-30 safety officers on duty at all times now.”

And when he warned Stemle that he would dodge some questions, he really did seem to play politics when asked why it took so long to re-open the park, saying simply that “government takes a long time” to get things done, and acknowledging that his sometimes abrasive approach is what’s needed to push projects through.

Hart introduced a new commercial with the theme “Fun Rides Again.” He said the advertising of the park always targets moms, who make the decisions on vacation time.

“We never lose our edge. We’re are edgy, but always safe and clean.”


THE WEEK – Getting Past the Post-Derby Blues with News Friday, May 8 2015 

It took me until about Tuesday to feel normal again after an action-packed, fun-filled Derby Week. How about you? At least the good weather has continued, and the news hasn’t been all bad:

Boilermakers on Tap:  Word leaked out Thursday that the U of L football Cardinals will open the 2017 season in Indianapolis against Big Ten power Purdue. Seems like the Cards are having trouble getting big-time schools to come to Papa John’s. (WDRB)

It Must Be a Tough Place to Work: Another week, another communications staffer leaves JCPS. Helene Kramer is out at JCPS. Donna Hargens said she won’t renew Kramer’s contract as Communications Director, a post she’s held less than a year. (C-J)

Leaping to a Pay Cut: Hargens announced a plan this week that will save the district $600K. It involves not paying year-round employees for extra days in leap years. Union officials complained it’s a pay cut, but it sure sounds like a great way to save money. (C-J)

Comer Goes Off: Every insider in Kentucky knew that Ag Commish James Comer had a huge skeleton in his closet.  That door opened Tuesday, just weeks before the GOP Primary for Governor. Marilyn Thomas, now a New York-based film producer, sent a 4-page letter to the C-J detailing allegations of abuse and an abortion during her romantic relationship with Comer 20+ years ago at WKU. Comer denied it all, lashed out at Hal Heiner and threatened to sue the C-J. Thomas challenged Comer to take a lie detector test. (C-J, Joe Gerth video)

Yes, Elvis Was Here: But the Colonial Gardens building in the South End is falling apart, and a city codes enforcer wrote up the owner — who happens to be the city, because the place is a “public nuisance.” (C-J)

ReSurfaced ReDone: If it first you succeed, as did the ReSurfaced project downtown last year, then you should try, try it again. Fun times downtown this summer. (

Ex-UK QB Heads Family of the Year: Check out Andre Woodson’s story on this week’s Rusty Satellite Show and this Insider piece about the March of Dimes Walk for Babies, which takes place Saturday at Waterfront Park.

I’ll Have a Chai Tea and a Cool Story: Sam and Amy Patel like to tell the story of magic things happening after sipping Chai Tea Latte under a Banyan Tree in India. Now they’ve bottled the secret syrup and put it in stores. We talk about it on Rusty Satellite’s first video.

Potatoes from Jackie

Potatoes from Jackie

Drug Tests at Trinity: The Catholic high school announced it will start randomly testing students for drugs, including marijuana. Get caught, and you face school officials with your parents. And get caught twice, you’re out. School officials believe it will keep the boys away from drugs, but some parents object. (Insider)

Jackie’s City Garden: Please check out Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley’s ongoing gardening series here on You might learn something.




THE WEEK – Here’s How We’re Doing Derby Week Friday, May 1 2015 

Hey, I hope to see you out at the track, I’ll be the one wearing a hat. For you non-locals, welcome to the only place in America that gives school kids the day off for a horse race, where getting any business done Derby Week is a near-impossibility, and you’re expected to have an answer to the question — “Who do you like in the Derby?”

itsaknockout get a workout. Bill Brymer photo

itsaknockout get a workout. Bill Brymer photo

I’m going with itsaknockout, the Starlight Racing entry you can hear about on this week’s Rusty Satellite Show with Jack Wolf. There’s a great piece at Insider Louisville about the horse’s connections. And, win or lose, you can meet Jack and Laurie Wolf May 11 at the Breakfast of Champions.

Here’s the official post position list.

Now, let’s see how the city is doing outside of Churchill Downs. . .

No More Wrinkle Room. . . Famous for its, let’s call it, crusty clientele,  and a showplace for local music, it was announced this week that Jim Porter’s is closing. MSD bought the popular corner for $5 million and will use it for a storage basin. Business First reported that owner Ben Rogers is seeking a new location, and that the current spot will remain open until MSD

Jim Porter's on Lexington Road will close here, but may reopen at a new spot

Jim Porter’s on Lexington Road will close here, but may reopen at a new spot

construction begins.

Jones Walks. . . Former U of L hoops star Chris Jones was NOT indicted this week by a grand jury on charges of rape and sodomy. The controversial decision, and the actions of Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine, was roundly criticized by the alleged victims’ family and attorneys, but high-profile lawyer Scott Cox said all along there would be no indictment of his client.  Cases like this one, involving athletes, alcohol and sex, are occurring on college campuses across the country. Read this book for more.

How Can I Get a Deal Like That? . . .U of L president James Ramsey and two others received $5.6 million in deferred compensation from the U of L Foundation, prompting trustee Steve Wilson to call for State Auditor Adam Edelen to investigate the whole mess.

JCPS Spokesman Out:  . . .On the heels of the announcement that chief Donna Hargens is reorganizing the structure of  JCPS, spokesman Ben Jackey abruptly resigned, the latest domino to fall in JCPS’s communications staff. Jackey left a reporting job with WLKY-TV in 2010 for JCPS.

Pass the Cash Back, Says Dawne Gee: Popular WAVE 3 anchor Dawne Gee, who has experienced a series of health problems, filed a lawsuit against Baptist Hospital East citing “unforgivable and cruel” treatment during a 2014 hospital visit.

With the 14th Pick of the 2015 NFL Draft: . . . DeVante Parker is a Miami Dolphin. The Ballard High and U of L alum was rumored to be a favorite of the Minnesota Vikings, who picked 11th and have ex-Cards QB Teddy Bridgewater as their QB. Instead, Parker will be catching balls from Ryan Tannehill in Miami.

A Duke to Love: has an artist-in-residence. Ben Duke is making the rounds in town this week. You can hear all about it on the Rusty Satellite Show.

The weather’s great. I’ll see you at the track.




GOP Gubernatorial Candidates To Face Off in Louisville Next Week Thursday, Apr 30 2015 

Louisville, KY – Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones will moderate a broadcast debate among the four Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidates.   The debate will take place Wednesday, May 6, from 10-11 a.m. EDT.  It will be broadcast live in on TalkRadio 1080 WKJK, in Lexington on NewsRadio 630 WLAP, and on 35 affiliate stations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

James Comer Hal Heiner Matt Bevin Will T. Scott

Matt Bevin, James Comer, Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott will debate various issues facing Kentucky voters.   It will likely be the last meeting of all four candidates before the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, May 19.

Listeners can hear the debate via the station’s website, as well as on iHeartRadScreen Shot 2015-04-30 at 1.54.32 and the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one music streaming and digital radio service. iHeartRadio is available across web, mobile phones, tablets, automotive partners, smart TVs, gaming devices and more. iHeartRadio is always free for listeners to use, with no capped hours or monthly subscription fees. It delivers everything listeners want in an all-in-one platform: Instant access to more than 1,500 radio stations from across the country, user-created Custom Stations inspired by a favorite artist or song, thousands of curated digital stations “Perfect For” any mood or activity, and a Shows & Personalities feature giving users access to the best on-demand news, talk and entertainment content available today.  To see all available platforms and to download the app, visit

Jobless Rate Drops in Every Kentucky County Tuesday, Apr 21 2015 


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Annual unemployment rates were lower in all 120 Kentucky counties in 2014 than in 2013, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

“Even though economic opportunities vary across the state, 2014 proved to be an extraordinary year with all 120 counties posting an improvement in the unemployment rate,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET.  “The greatest improvement in percentage points was in the coal counties of eastern Kentucky. This is the first time since at least 1990 that all the counties have had a drop in the unemployment rate.”

The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2014 at 4.5 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 4.8 percent each; Scott and Shelby counties, 5 percent each; Owen County, 5.1 percent; Boone and Campbell counties, 5.2 percent each; and Anderson, Jessamine and Spencer counties, 5.3 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2014 — 14 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 13.9 percent; Leslie County, 12.8 percent; Letcher County, 12.3 percent; Breathitt County, 11.6 percent; Clay, Elliott and Jackson counties, 11.5 percent each; Wolfe County, 11.3 percent; and Knott County, 11.2 percent. In 2014, 19 counties had annual rates at or above 10 percent compared to 36 counties in 2013.

Counties with the largest decline in annual unemployment rates from 2013 to 2014 were Leslie County, -4.9 percentage points; Letcher County, -4.4 percentage points; Knott County, -4.3 percentage points; Harlan County, -4.1 percentage points; and Perry County, -3.7 percentage points.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and counties figures. The statistics in this news release may be revised in the future.

A separate report issued in February showed that the unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent in the Louisville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)  during the fourth quarter.wellness_worksite

Gambling in Louisville KY: Civil War & in the mid 1860’s Sunday, Apr 19 2015 

From Cyndy Tandy, the latest from Louisville Uncovered
By 1830 had become Kentucky’s largest city, workers such as early hands, haulers, and shippers, and its early hotels, taverns, and gambling dens were quickly joined by traders, merchants, warehouses, and markets to run the region’s agricultural and textile bounty—tobacco, hemp, pork, and corn, and jeans.
Money men came and invested in the city’s boom, as well as insurers to guarantee it. Keelboats and wagons,  steamboats, engines, and later the railroads, even at one time wooden cargo air craft were all  built in to all the city’s payloads. seized the manufacturing opportunities, such as farm implements and furniture. Labor forces were waves of German and Irish immigrants arrived to join locals and  black freedmen. The result was an economically diverse and ethnic mix (61,000 whites, 4,900 slaves and 1,900 free blacks) that made in 1860 the nation’s 12th largest city. On the eve of the Civil War, it was an essential commercial and transportation link between North and South.
became a staging ground for Union troops heading south.  Union troops flowed into from Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  White tents and training grounds sprang up at the Oakland track, Old and Portland.  Camps were also established at Eighteenth and Broadway, along the Frankfort and Bardstown turnpikes.
By early 1862, had eighty thousand Union troops throughout the city.  With so many troops, entrepreneurs set up gambling spots offering  keno,  fero, roulette and poker (C-J,  1920) along the North side of Jefferson from 4th to 5th Street, extending around the corner from 5th to Market, then continuing on the South side of Market back to 4th Street.  Photography studios and military goods shops, such as Fletcher & Bennett on Main Street and Hirschbuhl & Sons, located on Main Street, east of 3rd Street, catered to the Union officers and soldiers.  With so many Union troops, brothels also sprung up around the city.
Some interesting facts: 
Economic Timeline
1782 First traders leave recently established town headed for New Orleans, followed a year later by opening of first general store, tobacco warehouse, and commercial production of whiskey
1816 First insurance company incorporates and branch of the Bank of the United States opens
1831 Opening of first canal allowing navigation around the Falls of Ohio
1859 and Nashville Railroad runs first train from to Nashville in 10 hours
1861 Union loyalties prevail over Confederate sympathies, and becomes major staging, supply, and medical center for northern troops in the Civil War’s western theater
1883 The Southern Exposition, at the time the second largest industrial and mercantile exposition in the nation’s history, begins five-year run
1896 Local tobacco market ranks as world’s largest
Political/Civic Timeline
1780 Assembly of Virginia establishes the town of , which will become the only sizable city that grows up on the southern banks of the Ohio River
1792 Commonwealth of Kentucky enters the United States as the 15th state
1837 City Council establishes a city college that becomes the precursor of the University of
1855 “Bloody Monday” election day ethnic violence leaves 22 dead
1861 Civil War breaks out, straining ties within the city and across Kentucky
1863 Emancipation Proclamation frees slaves
1865 In aftermath of the war, city becomes home to a number of influential former Confederates 1875 First running of the Kentucky Derby, won by Aristides
1879 Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute (later Simmons College) established as first institution of higher education open to blacks in Kentucky and, by 1931, one of only three liberal arts colleges accessible to black students in the United States
1891 New Board of Parks Commissioners recruits Frederick Law Olmsted to design three large suburban parks linked by parkways
1905 Free Public Library opens
1937 Great Flood of the Ohio River submerges much of city

Louisville to Cuba – Sign up for Trip of a Lifetime Sunday, Apr 19 2015 

Want to go to Cuba as part of a group of Louisvillians in a People-to-People exchange program?

Dr. John Gilderbloom of the University of Louisville is organizing a unique one-week trip to Cuba. Only groups with permission from the U.S. State Department can legally travel there, and this is the first U of L group to go.

And you get to travel with Gilderbloom, who has made dozens of trips there and has written extensively about the island.

And then there are just a few spots left. The trip begins June 12. If you’d like to join in, follow the link below:

Here are some details, also available here.

University of sponsored people to people program
Program emphasis on historic preservation, planning, community development, architecture, transportation and housing.

10 rooms confirmed at the Hotel Sevilla. It is rated a four star Hotel in the heart of Havana. Upon confirmation of the arrangements, I will immediately send you application forms which each participant must complete.

Costs are divided into three parts:

AIR $479 via American Airlines roundtrip from Miam to Havana VISA $75

$479 per person roundtrip Miami/Havana/Miami

Costs include U.S. Departure taxes and Cuban medical insurance
Costs also now include Cuban departure taxes previously paid in Havana upon departure. Costs do not include $20 charge per checked bag plus overweight charges


AA 9450 MIA/HAV 12:50 PM-1:50 PM / Check-in by 9:50 am – Concourse. D, 2nd fl AA 9451 HAV/MIA 2:50 PM-3:50 PMí

$75 per person
(This visa is not applicable for any participant born in Cuba)


University of . June 12-19 at the Hotel Sevilla. The price is $2,495 includes Hotels, transfers, breakfast, lectures, bus, English speaking

presentations by Cubans and Americans involved in Planning. Single room is $300.


DEPOSIT OF $200 PER PARTICIPANT IS DUE NO LATER THAN April 25 made out to John Gilderbloom, and sent to John Gilderbloom, 1405 Morton Avenue, , KY 40204


June 12-19 at the Hotel Sevilla

Organized by

John I. Gilderbloom Ph.D., 2013 Presidential Medal Award Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Creative Activity
Urban and Public Affairs, University of , Kentucky

email: phone: 502-608-7567

Program emphasis emphasis on historic preservation, planning, community development, transportation and housing.

Friday, June 12

Depart hotel lobby and transfer to Miami Airport via private motor coach

12:50pm 1:50pm


Charter departs Miami for Havana Arrive Havana

After clearing customs, we will proceed by private motor coach to the Sevilla Hotel, our accommodation Upon arrival, we will enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel.

Walking tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana)/Obisbo Street.

This afternoon, we will become acquainted with Havana, one of the most architecturally alluring cities in the Western Hemisphere. View examples of colonial architecture around Havana’s handsome main squares.

Reception: from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. mansion of the U.S. Embassy

Dinner at the roof top restaurant of the historic Hotel Sevilla Departures: Hotel Lobby

With its old world charm and architectural splendor, this 1908 colonial hotel will transport you back to another time. The spectacular Roof Garden restaurant features a stunning Venetian- style painted ceiling and panoramic views of the city and the sea. The Hotel Sevilla is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Program Session: Havana’s Historic Preservation

Walking Tour of the Capitolo Area (new city)

Departures: Hotel Lobby

The program will be held in the Convent of Santa Clara, which is a striking example of how this historically important building has been restored with attention to bothhistoricpreservationandpresent-dayneeds. Anais Nin once lived and wrote here.

Speaker: Isabella Rigol


Saturday June 13

9:00 am – 12:00 nn and

12:00 nn – 2:30 pm own or

2:30 pm – 4: 00 pm

Formerly Director of Restoration and Preservation for Old Havana
Professor of Planning, University of Havana

Prof. Rigol was in charge of unprecedented historic preservation effort in historic Old Havana.

Lunch/Free Time to Explore Havana either on your join one of ULI’s Cuban tour guides

4:30 – 6:00 pm
sing and Transportation Ideas by U.S. Citizens



Sunday,June 14
9:00 am – 10:15 am

Program Session: Model City of Havana

Departures: Hotel Lobby

We will meet back at the hotel and proceed to the “Maqueta de la Havana.” The Model City shows every building, street, and tree in Havana and is a wonderful planning guide. Here, the group will take part in a workshop with Miguel Coyulla and exchange ideas on planning issues in Havana concerning buildings, transportation, commercial development, tourist development, and recreational uses.

Speaker: Miguel Coyulla
Development Expert, Urban Planner

Presentation of Planning, Architecture, Dinner at the Hotel Naçional

Departures: Hotel Lobby

Program Session: Globalization of Cuba

Location: Sevilla Hotel


Nicola Cecchi
Cristobal Investment & Financial Services And
Eduardo Luis Rodriguez
Architect & Planner

10:30 am – 12:00 nn with



Monday, June 15

9:00 am – 10:30 am Havana

Sr. Cecchi is considered a leading “player” in commercial development and, as a lawyer, puts together many international commercial investment deals.

Sr. Rodriguez is the author of Havana Guide: Modern Architecture 1925 to 1965 which has won wide acclaim as the best book on building design in Cuba. He is considered the leading architecture critic in Cuba and edits a Cuban journal on architecture. He has lectured at Harvard and other leading schools.

A walking/bus tour of commercial developments Sr. Cecchi and Sr. Rodriguez.

Free Afternoon – Time to Explore on Own


9:00 am – 10:30 am

Departures: at 5:30 p.m. Hotel Lobby

Historic Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (El Morro) Sunset Cannon Ceremony

Program Session: Hotel and Office Development in

Location: Sevilla
Speaker: José Choy


Sr. Choy has been called Cuba’s greatest living commercial architect, and is considered to be the “Frank Gehry” of Cuba. He has created some of Cuba’s most highly acclaimed hotels, office buildings and homes in the past 15 years. After he speaks, he will take us on a personal visit to a shopping mall he designed as well as his bank building on Avenida 5 in Miramar.

Santería Museum & the artist Salvador

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Plaza de Armas Art Fair
Cigar Factory Tour
Santa Maria Beach (departures at 12:00nn)

Dinner at local Paladar

10:30 am – 12:30 pm by Sr. Choy
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 pm

Early Afternoon

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Tuesday June 16
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


We will visit his studio and outdoor sculpture garden. He is the subject of a PBS documentary

Tour of shopping mall and office building designed

Lunch at La Ferminia (Miramar)

This is an outdoor luncheon with a beautiful garden and musicians.


We will spend the afternoon in the Havana suburb of Miramar. Before the revolution, wealthy Habaneros used to live in the grand houses that characterize Miramar. It is still an exclusive district, but many of the mansions have been converted into offices for foreign companies and embassies that line the main thoroughfare, Avenida 5.

Private non-profit development partnerships

Location: Visit Housing Sites

Speaker: Isabella Leone

Sra. Leone has helped build houses for poor people under the sponsorship of the Lutheran Church; previously she was a Professor of Planning at the University of Havana. We will also visit newer hotels in Miramar.

Dinner Paladar.

Las Terrazas including lunch


We will return to Havana and meet with residents of Alamar.

Evening on Your Own

Wednesday June 17
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Demographic and Social Changes in Havana

Location: Sevilla Hotel
Speaker: Ruben Bancroft (and graduate students)

Dean of Engineering, Planning, Architecture and Urban Studies
University of Havana

Dean Bancroft has sponsored numerous international conferences on development in Havana. He will address the demographic, social and economic make-up of the Cuban people.

Visit to neighborhood school
Meeting and Reception at the U.S. Interests Section

Visit Jaimanitis and Jose Fuster enterprise Lunch at Fuster’s
Free afternoon

Dinner at El Aljibe followed by Tropicana Night Club

Bus departure from Sevilla Hotel to airport 2:50pm Depart Cuba for Miami

3:50pm Arrive Miami


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