8664 considers Louisville’s future

The $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project continues to be the big issue in the city, which is gaining traction as a campaign issue in the 2010 mayoral race. The recent bi-state authority meeting had a strong contingent of anti-toll protesters who dominated the presentation. And the folks over at 8664.org have released a new video that represents their side of the story and may give the movement more momentum.

The grassroots organization says the juggernaut projects represents the “previous generation’s inability to overcome powerful special interests.”



  1. Jeff Blanchard
    Posted April 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Agreed. Since it’s inception, 8664 has passed from the fringe into what will one day be considered the ‘new standard’ in design. Progressive cities all over the world are doing the exact opposite of the (downtown portion of the) ORBP, and are flourishing because of it. Our government needs to wake up before they bury us in their ineptitude, and make our city a pitiable place.

  2. Vietnam1971
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Random thoughts, observations:
    1. “Gaining traction”??? Tyler was at 7 percent in mayoral candidate poll.
    2. A lake shore model does not fit a riverfront. For one thing, lakes don’t flood.
    3. Elevated highways are elevated for a reason — a very good reason. (See No. 2)
    4. Does anyone seriously believe the Federal Highway Administration is going to permit — much less fund — removal of its Interstate 64??
    5. And if you think Federal Highways doesn’t hold such a veto, you have been seriously misinformed.

  3. Steve Magruder
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink


    1) The post talks about the issue gaining traction, not Allen’s campaign. The issue is indeed gaining new traction as of late.

    2) The parkway wouldn’t necessarily be at the lowest possible surface level. That’s a matter of design, and engineers can come up with a solution that ameliorates your concern.

    3) To obstruct the view of and access to our area’s greatest natural asset?

    4) It wouldn’t be the first time. Plenty of precedents.

    5) FUD.

  4. Vietnam1971
    Posted April 25, 2010 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Yes, the “solution that ameliorates (my) concern” would be a floodwall. But I suppose it could be decorated with a nice mural.

    The area covered by a 100-year flood “wouldn’t necessarily be at the lowest possible surface level,” either.


  5. stu noland
    Posted April 25, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Placing a 40-45 MPH parkway with pedestrian overpasses at a 25 or 30 year flood level would be an excellent compromise that would allow Louisville to compete for the best workers in the 21st century.

  6. Steve Magruder
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt

    Spreading FUD is a tactic often used by the natural losing side of an argument.

  7. SSG. Joe Meek
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    I think Magruder is O.K.!
    Is he a republican?