Louisville! We're number 16! er, 26!
Louisville’s feelings are hurt. They are begging for recognition, but the right people are not paying attention. If you have driven south on I-65 into Kentucky recently, you may have been informed that Louisville is the best college sports town in America. It must be true because it is on a billboard. In addition, they are the 16th largest city in America. The 16th largest, wow.
It seems like they are copying Indianapolis’ model as they have annexed the rest of the county. In the late 1960s Indianapolis created unigov by combining the city and county (apart from 3 excluded cities) under the pretext of unifying services, but the real reason was most likely to suppress the black vote. Overnight, we became the nation’s 12th largest city. We then called ourselves “The amateur sports capital of the world”, and hey, why not? Who is going to challenge us over that?
Louisville is now doing the same. They’re working on their image. They’re hoping to build an architecturally ambitious 61 story building downtown. They’re erecting signs to tell us how great they are. There is only one problem. The US census bureau doesn’t agree with their claim. The census bureau still counts them as the 26th largest city in America because they were counting people who lived in incorporated cities in Jefferson County. This article details the problems this will cause them. They are going to be left off of top 25 city lists! Poor, poor Louisville.