I'm feeling positive today, so let's serve up some Laurels – no Darts.
The first Laurel goes to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer for finally reaching an agreement with developer Todd Blue allowing the old Iron Quarter buildings to be demolished to make way for two new hotels. I know many preservationists insisted the buildings should be saved in their entirety at all costs. But there's no point in protecting old structures in the guise of historic preservation when their condition has deteriorated past the point of no return.
Mayor Fischer also gets credit for finally resolving the long legal battle between the city and retired Louisville firefighters by agreeing to pay off a 14.2 million dollar settlement. But the real Laurel here goes to Metro Councilman Jim King for coming up with the breakthrough idea of financing most of the deal by borrowing 10 million dollars from the city-owned Water Company. It's innovative thinking like this that makes me glad King is again Metro Council President.
And a final Laurel goes to locally-based Kindred Healthcare for its acquisition of the health services company RehabCare, which will move the company into the top 360 on the Forbes 500 list while bringing 150 high-paying jobs to Louisville. It's a move that's not only good for them, but for the entire community.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.