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Louisville has been ranked number two (behind Orlando) in The Consumerist’s Top 10 Cities With The Highest Fast Food Saturation list.

Total fast food restaurants: 377
Fast food restaurants per 100,000 residents: 147.1
Most prominent chain: Subway

This may not be surprising to anyone who has followed Louisville’s ongoing fight against food deserts–areas where access to fresh food is limited.

With the year’s news cycle slowly coming to an end, Politico has published a list of this year’s top political quotes. Wouldn’t you know it, two Kentuckians made the list.

First, Attorney General and Democratic Senate Candidate Jack Conway:

“And secondly, when is it ever a good idea to tie up a woman and ask her to kneel before a false idol, your god, that you call Aqua Buddha?”

Many of the top quotes come from Senators or Senate candidates. Kentucky’s second entry is no different:

“Excuse me! This is a senators-only elevator!” — Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning 

Tracking politicians around the halls of Capitol Hill is difficult enough; it doesn’t help when you encounter a stiff rebuke from your subject upon finally finding him or her.

But that’s what happened to ABC’s Jon Karl when he caught up with the Kentucky senator as he got into an elevator in the Hart Senate Office Building. Karl wanted to ask Bunning about blocking a bill that would extend unemployment benefits, but in just eight words, Bunning made it clear that those would be the only comments he’d be offering on the subject.


First, the good news. Louisville has been recognized as a world festival and event city by the International Festival and Events Association. Louisville was the top North American city honored, but finished behind Sydney, Australia.

From the IFEA:

Louisville, Kentucky provides a supportive environment for a wide variety of festivals and special events throughout the year. Many of which are festivals with longstanding roots in the community, in addition to several new events that have been warmly embraced by the local residents and visitors in recent years. The city’s governmental leadership, along with a strong base of professional and volunteer guidance, has helped these events thrive, both economically and culturally. Louisville is a city that enjoys celebrating its unique heritage and the many special events that entertain hundreds of thousands of people every year.

Thanks to WFPK’s Stacy Owen for the tip.

Now, the other news. The Kaden Building (the one with the Ruth’s Chris sign on it) has been named one of the 12 ugliest buildings in the world.

What do you think? Some of the buildings on the list don’t look so bad. I kind of like the bolwoningen.

(h/t to Loueyville)

Last year, 1,746 children were incarcerated in Kentucky for status offenses, which are nonviolent activities such as skipping school or running away.

That’s the second-highest youth incarceration rate in the country, according to Kentucky Youth Advocates.

“There are proven ways to address youth misbehavior that are more effective and less expensive than locking kids up, but we are not using them nearly enough,” said Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto, long-time advocate for children in Kentucky and current Litigation Director for Children’s Law Center. “This not only has consequences for the youth, but also negatively impacts community safety. It is imperative that we take steps to change the all too common practice of locking up these children and youth.”

Click here to read the full report (PDF).

(h/t LEO)

The website 24/7 Wall Street says Kentucky is the worst-run state in the country. The rankings are based on GDP per capita, median household income (Kentucky is 47th overall in this) and the percentage of people below the poverty line (18.6% in Kentucky). Wyoming was named the best-run state.

You can see all of the rankings here.

Bicycling Magazine has named Louisville the 21st most bike-friendly city.

Prior to 2005, Louisville was not a bike-friendly place. Thanks to mayor Jerry Abramson, cycling is thriving. Construction of the 100-mile Louisville Loop is underway; it’s about 25 percent complete.


USA Today has named Louisville’s Slugger Field one of the ten “great places for a baseball pilgrimage.”

Built on the banks of the Ohio River, this home to the Triple-A Louisville Bats is fronted by a restored 19th-century rail depot that serves as its main entrance and incorporates shops and restaurants. “Depending on where you sit, you can glimpse the downtown skyline or the cantilevered bridge that spans the river to Indiana,” Knight says. Perks include a children’s play area in right field and a continuous concourse that surrounds the field.

The mayor’s office released a statement about the honor, too.

“There is no better place in America to watch baseball than Slugger Field,” Abramson said. “The architecture and the views are beautiful – and it’s a great family atmosphere for sports fans and non-sports fans alike.”

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