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-Peopel 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


John Gilderbloom photo John Gilderbloom photo John Gilderbloom photo

Gilderbloom Racking up Praise for Two-Way Street Study Sunday, Apr 19 2015 

Dr. John Gilderbloom’s research on two-way vs. one-way streets, conducted partially on Brook Street in Old Louisvlle, shows that all sorts of statistics on living improve with the conversion. The study’s gotten the attention of scholarly journals and the Washington Post.

Here’s an excerpt from the Post’s piece, headlined — Why One-Way Streets are Bad for Everyone But Speeding Cars, published April 17:

In John Gilderbloom’s experience, the notorious streets are invariably the one-way streets. These are the streets lined with foreclosed homes and empty storefronts, the streets that look neglected and feel unsafe, the streets where you might find drug dealers at night.

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Brook Street in Old Louisvllle was changed in 2011. Stats show it was a good move.


“Sociologically, the way one-way streets work,” he says, “[is that] if there are two or more lanes, a person can just pull over and make a deal, while other traffic can easily pass them by.”

It’s also easier on a high-speed one-way road to keep an eye out for police or flee from the scene of a crime. At least, this is the pattern Gilderbloom, director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods at the University of Louisville, has observed in San Francisco, in Los Angeles, in Houston and Washington where streets that once flowed both directions were converted in the 1950s and ’60s into fast-moving one-way thoroughfares to help cars speed through town. The places where this happened, Gilderbloom noticed, deteriorated.

“I thought about that for a long time,” he says. “But we didn’t have much empirical data on it.”

Where he lives now in , he and fellow researchers have begun to prove the curious link between how we engineer roads and what becomes of the neighborhoods around them. Their research offers a lot more fodder for anyone who doesn’t like one-way streets simply because they’re baffling to navigate.

First, they took advantage of a kind of natural experiment: In 2011, converted two one-way streets near downtown, each a little more than a mile long, back to two-way traffic. In data that they gathered over the following three years, Gilderbloom and William Riggs found that traffic collisions dropped steeply — by 36 percent on one street and 60 percent on the other — after the conversion, even as the number of cars traveling these roads increased. Crime dropped too, by about a quarter, as crime in the rest of the city was rising. Property values rose, as did business revenue and pedestrian traffic, relative to before the change and to a pair of nearby comparison streets. The city, as a result, now stands to collect higher property tax revenues along these streets, and to spend less sending first-responders to accidents there.

Dr. John Gilderbloom

Dr. John Gilderbloom

Gilderbloom is quoted in the website Curbed on the topic, “Traffic engineers have criticized our work. But empirically, we found people liked going on the slower streets because it’s more interesting. Traffic volume increased on two-way streets, even as they became slower.”


Gubernatorial candidate James Comer releases ‘budget neutral’ education plan featuring college tax credits Thursday, Apr 16 2015 

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer (Photo by Joe Sonka)The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer released his plan for higher education in Kentucky today, calling for a large refundable tax credit for students who graduate on time. The introduction to Comer’s plan points out that while the … Continue reading

Davenport will stay at Bellarmine in Louisville KY Through 2020 Wednesday, Apr 15 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Bellarmine University announced that the school and head basketball coach Scott Davenport have agreed to extend their relationship through the 2019-2020 academic year.Per university policy, contracts are not created for employees, but Bellarmine President Dr.Joseph J. McGowan has confirmed that the two have made the arrangement.

“We are thrilled to have made assurances to keep Scott Davenport as the Bellarmine head basketball coach for another five years,” McGowan said.”He has demonstrated an absolute dedication to excellence both as coach and as an ambassador of Bellarmine University.”

Bellarmine's Scott Davenport was on Rusty Satellite Show #22

Bellarmine’s Scott Davenport was on Rusty Satellite Show #22

Coach Davenport, who came to Bellarmine in 2005, has accumulated a record of 232-82 (.739).This year, he led the Knights to a 31-4 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II “Final Four.” It was the third time in the past five years Bellarmine has reached the national semifinals. Davenport led Bellarmine to the national title in 2011 when he also was named the national and Great Lakes Valley Conference “Coach of the Year.”

“Coach Davenport has set a high standard for the Bellarmine basketball program, and that is the level we want across our athletic programs,” said Bellarmine Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt. “The basketball program is among the most competitive in the nation, and our student athletes are also successful in the classroom.”

The Knights have seen extraordinary improvement under Davenport. In his debut season, Davenport took a team that had finished last in the GLVC the year before and led them to Bellarmine’s first .500 finish since 2001, and the first conference tournament appearance since 2002. In each of the last seven seasons, the Knights have eclipsed 20 wins and qualified for the NCAA tournament.

“I have been thrilled to be the head basketball coach at Bellarmine the last ten years,” Davenport said. “I am very appreciative of the players, Dr. McGowan, Scott Wiegandt, the entire university, my family and especially the very, very loyal fans who have supported our program. Our university is a very special place, a place where everyone works together to be the best they can be every day. This is where I want to be, just like I tell the players every day when you find a GREAT situation spend all your efforts, energy and enthusiasm making that the best decision you have ever made. Bellarmine is a tremendous environment to coach super young men on and off the floor. I am looking forward to spending the rest of my career at Bellarmine because sincerely, I LOVE BELLARMINE!”

Prior to coming to Bellarmine, Davenport served nine years as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville under Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum and national championship-winning coach Rick Pitino. He also served a year as an assistant coach on Mike Pollio’s staff at Virginia Commonwealth where he coached alongside Tubby Smith.

Before heading to U of L, Davenport spent 10 seasons as the head boys’ coach at Ballard High School where he won a state championship in 1988 and coached two future NBA players in DeJuan Wheat and Allan Houston.

Finalists Announced for GLI’s EnterpriseCorp and Junior Achievement Pitch Competition Tuesday, Apr 14 2015 


JK McKnight

Louisville, Ky.– Greater Inc’s EnterpriseCorp, the office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, and Junior Achievement (JA) are pleased to announce the finalists for the JA Company Program Pitch Competition and Showcase. ’s own, JK McKnight, founder of Forecastle, will serve as the keynote speaker.
“This program is a great opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and want to take their startups to the next level,” said Lisa Bajorinas, Director Kentucky Innovation Network at GLI EnterpriseCorp. “And it provides young entrepreneurs with exposure to the regional startup and business communities.”
The finalists are:
·         Koala-ity Teeth from Atherton High School
·         Byte the Buzz from Jeffersontown High School
·         ShoeLife from Jeffersontown High School
·         Zip Clips from Collegiate School
·         Eagle Tech from The Academy at Shawnee High School
·         Wild Cases from Waggener High School
These student companies “turned classrooms into startups,” and will now participate in a Pitch Competition designed to give the region’s business community a chance to see youth entrepreneurship in action. During the competition, the selected finalists will demonstrate their understanding of business fundamentals, the importance of creatively marketing to their customer, and the power of persuading the judges of the viability of their business plan.
The Pitch Competition sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. is scheduled for April 20, 2015 at the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts where all student companies will showcase their inventions. The event then moves to Bomhard Theatre where five finalists will present before a panel of judges in the Pitch Competition. The event begins at 6pm and is free to attend.
The JA Company Program is multi-dimensional and now utilizes an online learning management system so it is easy for students and volunteers to access and to use. Through 13 weekly classroom program meetings, mentors guide their students in learning how to engage in e-commerce and crowd funding, among other activities. Classes also include lessons in how to use e-tools such as spreadsheets for record keeping and online presentation and publication programs. Each class has a classroom teacher to provide information and help support both the student and the mentor.
“The re-introduction of this technology-based JA Company program provides strategic partnerships in the lives of students who show a passion for innovation,” said JA President and CEO Debra Hoffer. “We look forward to working with our partners on developing the program throughout the region.”
To register please visit www.JAKY.ORG.

LMPD Launches New Pedestrian Safety Video Tuesday, Apr 14 2015 

Louisville, Ky. – The Metro Police Department is launching a new campaign to prevent another deadly year for pedestrians. Thanks to a recent grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, LMPD’s first result is a new YouTube video video aimed at making both pedestrians and drivers more aware of their surroundings. (See video below).

Pleasure Ridge Park High School students joined  Metro EMS and the PRP Fire Department in producing LMPD's video.

Pleasure Ridge Park High School students joined Metro EMS and the PRP Fire Department in producing LMPD’s video.


In 2014, 429 people were struck by a vehicle and of those, 18 died. Sgt. William Patterson, the video’s host, said that translates to roughly one person getting hit every day of the year.

The video opens with a distracted driver striking a distracted Pleasure Ridge Park High School student on Greenwood Road, and the resulting aftermath of the accident.

2014 LMPD map of pedestrian accidents.

2014 LMPD map of pedestrian accidents.

“When we think of a pedestrian getting struck, we often think to blame the driver. In actuality, the pedestrian can be at fault,” Patterson said.

Of the 18 people who died last year, Patterson said 10 were actually the fault of the pedestrian. LMPD says the federal grant will be used for education as well as enforcement.  LMPD says it’s ultimate goal is less accidents and no fatalities.





Junior Achievement entrepreneurs compete in pitch competition Friday, Apr 10 2015 

The_Kentucky_Center_for_the_Performing_ArtsWe love us a good pitch contest here at Insider Louisville, but here’s one we’re even more excited about than usual: the Junior Achievement Company Program Pitch Competition and Showcase. The tag line is: “Turning classrooms into startups.” The Monday, … Continue reading

duPont Manual sending a record 13 students to International Science Fair Friday, Apr 10 2015 

IMG_5020A few years ago, duPont Manual High School created its own regional science fair because it just wasn’t fair to other schools in Louisville. Apparently, other schools’ teams couldn’t compete against Manual at the Louisville Regional Science and Engineering Fair. … Continue reading

Let’s Get Fired UP for Another Week in Louisville KY Thursday, Apr 9 2015 

Sure, the big news may have been that big Rand Paul announcement, but here are some very interesting stories making the rounds in Louisville KY this week:

This is NOT Hazing: A U of L fraternity, TKE, is being investigated because members forced pledges to be designated drivers, paint themselves for sporting events, and, if you can believe it, carry books. Is this something worth investigating? Frats are getting a bad rap these days, thanks mostly to the racist video of University of Oklahoma SAE’s, but being forced to carry books? Insert sarcastic comment here. (WLKY)

Now THIS is Hazing: The swim team at WKU is the subject of a report which contains this sentence: The photographs also showed individuals with a penis drawn on them, the words “insert dick here” with an arrow drawn to the mouth, the word “nigger” written on an individual that appeared to be passed out and females passed out in various positions, in one of which a female is passed out in the bathroom with her underwear pulled down. Expect harsh penalties ahead. (WKU Herald)

Rodden Treatment: Former Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden will find out Monday if a plea deal he signed that allows him to avoid jail time will be signed by a judge. According to the C-J, here’s what he did:  In May 2013, Rodden gave a known prostitute law enforcement credentials and a badge so she could get a government employee rate at area hotels. Later that month, he met her at a downtown hotel, where he gave her a uniform shirt and other clothing with the sheriff’s department insignia before paying her about $300 for oral sex, according to court documents. (Courier)

Seven Wildcats Let Loose in Lexington: All seven of the UK basketball players expected to enter the NBA draft confirmed that they will do just that. That doesn’t mean they will all be drafted, or that they will ever play in the NBA. But if they do, it would be some kind of record. (USA Today)

One Bad Night For Jeff Woods: The family of a woman who died after being hit by a tow truck downtown has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. WHAS-TV sports reporter Jeff Woods, who was driving by the scene in a station vehicle, is accused of running over the woman, stopping momentarily, then fleeing the scene. He hasn’t been on the air since, and is named in the suit. (Courier)

Guy Walks Into Bar, Proceeds to Ruin His Career: Because of sexual assault allegations, Xavier Morales won’t get the top job in the Secret Service in . Insider reports he “allegedly told the woman, while still at the pub, that he loved her and wanted to have sex with her. Later, at Secret Service offices, he is alleged to have grabbed her and made unwanted sexual advances.” (Insider )

RS92JeffRehmet rs92MarkHitchingsIt’s the Weekend – Enjoy Gonzofest at Waterfront Park, the first Bats home stand, the last week of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, and watching The Masters on TV (Jordan Spieth leads after Thursday’s first round with a 64.)

Rusty Satellite Is Jammin — Catch the latest show with musician Jeff Rehmet and Fern Creek wrestling coach Mark Hitchings. (Rusty Satellite Show)

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