Darts and Laurels (1/21/10)
Time to give out a few more Darts and Laurels.
First, a big Laurel to the Director of the Louisville Free Public Library, Craig Buthod, for being named National Librarian of the Year by the Library Journal. Under his guidance, the library has not only survived in a challenging financial environment, but thrived -- opening its first new branch in many years and introducing numerous technological improvements. And his steady guidance in dealing with the recovery from last year's devastating flood has served as a shining example of competence and leadership in the face of disaster.
Next, a Dart goes to the many whiners who are determined to pronounce the new Downtown Arena a traffic and parking disaster ten months before the first game there is even played.
The truth is, the area around the arena offers more than enough parking even for capacity crowds, and the many options people will have for getting in and out of downtown will put the Fairgrounds' Ring Road to shame.
Yes, it'll be different. But worse than what we have now? I don't see how.
And speaking of downtown development, one more Laurel goes to Norton Healthcare, for breaking ground on its new cancer radiation center at Floyd and Broadway. Set to open next summer, the facility represents Norton's biggest capital investment downtown in over a decade, and represents the latest initiative in their recently-announced 100 million dollar commitment to the fight against cancer.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.