Jake at Page One has taken issue with this New York Times article about Louisville.

An excerpt:

In Louisville, most of Main Street sits just a block away from the mighty Ohio River, which fostered the city’s growth as a major port mainly because of the Falls of the Ohio, a two-mile stretch of often impassable rapids over which the river dropped 26 feet. This made Louisville a natural stopping point on each side of the falls for ships traveling between Pittsburgh and Illinois, where the Ohio meets the Mississippi.

Louisville is a city of about 560,000 people whose first loves are still its bourbon, its baseball bats and a yearly horse race called the Derby. Its Main Street is still home to Brown-Forman, the maker of Jack Daniels, as well as to Hillerich & Bradsby, which makes Louisville Slugger baseball bats and has a factory and museum on the block.

In recent years, Louisville has become a major health care center, and Humana, the big insurer, occupies several buildings on Main Street.

And as part of an aggressive push to revive the downtown area, Main Street has undergone a major revitalization with hip bars and restaurants, new apartment buildings and businesses. For instance, Bridges Smith & Company, a paint store in Louisville for 135 years, is succumbing to competition from giants like Wal-Mart Stores. Its building and adjacent properties on East Main Street were bought by Indatus, a data and telecommunications company that is undertaking a $4.4 million renovation project.

Some of the connections between Wall Street and Main Street are readily apparent. In the lobby of the UBS branch, four copies of The Wall Street Journal lay on a table next to an elegant gray-green sofa, where investors can wait to see a broker. A receptionist referred questions to a central office in Weehawken, N.J.

What are your thoughts? Because of Rand Paul, Kentucky will likely be a media hot spot until at least November, but are the stories about the commonwealth accurate? I’m not saying the national media attention is unwelcome, but is it possible that inaccurate or unintentionally patronizing stories will hurt Kentucky’s reputation or increase the anti-media sentiment Paul and other politicians often use to rally supporters.

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