This is Louisville's rather modest skyline. If city planners have their way, it will look like this around 2010/2011.
On the far right is Museum Plaza, which is described by hired shills as housing "a contemporary art museum, restaurants and retail stores, 85 luxury condominiums, 150 lofts, a 300-room hotel, office space and a 1,100-car underground parking garage." It also looks like a stiff breeze would bring the entire thing crashing down, but I only pretend to be an architect to impress chicks (it doesn't work).
On the far left is the as-yet-unnamed Downtown Arena. I hope they just call it Downtown Arena; either that or Duff Beer Krustyburger Buzz Cola Costington's Department Store Kwik-E-Mart Stupid Flanders Arena.
I'm all for hometown improvements. In fact, I look forward to not being able to live in the expensive lofts, not being able to buy anything at the expensive shops, not being able to eat at the expensive restaurants, and not being able to purchase tickets to expensive events at the expensive arena. But, hey, it's good to have things in town to keep the people with money from moving away, and I don't think Phineus Q. Moneybags is as impressed with the 4am last call for alcohol as I am.
Will either of these incredibly expensive projects come to fruition? They've been talking about building a new bridge across the Ohio River since Christ was in middle school, and it isn't even close to happening. I'm guessing the arena will be built first. If given the choice between watching college basketball or staring at some of the bodily-fluids-put-to-canvas that passes as modern art, we'll take the basketball, thank you.
Whatever this town does, it shouldn't take any cues from Lexington, KY. Lexington, the epicenter of the horse racing industry, is going to host the World Equestrian Games in 2010, so someone decided they needed more hotel rooms. Fine, but the geniuses who run that town recently tore down an entire city block of thriving downtown businesses, one of them the city's best live music venue, to build a luxury hotel. Yes, they demolished successful businesses, places that were attracting people downtown, to build a hotel that experts believe will never be at full capacity before or after a two-week event in 2010. Oh, and the developers of the hotel happen to be major contributors to the current mayor. Nice.
My pet project, an underground moving sidewalk that goes from where I live to my favorite bars and restaurants, is still in the development stage.