Friday, June 23, 2006

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.

7 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

I wonder what Dodge will have to say about this.

June 23, 2006  
Blogger Nölff said...

My city has nothing to brag about.
We have cool waterfalls n stuff and lots of trees. That's about it.

June 23, 2006  
Blogger cinnamon said...

Boo to the Lou!
They aint got *hit on NapTown!

June 23, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Yeah, I've had some great times in Louisville. I won't go into detail. I don't mean to sound so harsh. I just thought they were whining in the article

June 23, 2006  
Blogger John Good said...

Careful now. . Fort Wayne's nipping at yer heels! Just as soon as we reinvigorate our downtown area, clean up our rivers, stop the infighting, and. . .

Oh. . .never mind.

-Emily Litella

June 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't give the Lou too much grief. They have done some pretty remarkable things with the city in the last few years. Plus the fact they appear to be attempting to steal from the Indianapolis playbook of revitalization (clean up its downtown and make sports a centerpiece for economic development) is only a compliment to Indy.

We may not put it on our signs as you come into town but Indy as the 12th largest city is no less of a misnomer than Louisville's claim as the 16th. We are actually only the 26th largest metro area in the country (give or take a few spots).

Plus I think it is great that Louisville is attempting to build a building of that stature. I would love to see Indy get on board with that. Hell I would be pumped if they got the 29 story Market Square Tower built. The gravel parking lot I see everyday where MSA used to be doesn't add much to our skyline that could use a little more muscle.

--The Kid

June 25, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Oh yes, I am well aware of the difference between population size of Indianapolis and its MSA. There are other cities that are similar like San Antonio and Jacksonville.

June 25, 2006  

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