Time for more Darts and Laurels.
My first Laurel goes to local developer Gill Holland, who's leading a group of investors who plan to invest about 22 million dollars into the long-neglected Portland area.
Holland, who also spearheaded the successful regeneration of the NuLu district, hopes to duplicate that success by creating a mix of new entertainment, business and housing options in Louisville's oldest neighborhood. And if he succeeds, the potential impact on the expanding center city will be enormous.
Meanwhile, a Dart goes to our so-called "representatives" in Washington for taking us to the brink of yet another fiscal crisis. Unless a spending plan is approved, the United States will, in effect, run out of money as of September 30, bringing about a total government shutdown. But our Senators and Representatives of both parties continue their political posturing with no apparent interest in compromise or concern for their constituents. They should all be ashamed.
And finally, another Laurel goes to the Kentucky Derby Festival, which was honored this week with a Gold Pinnacle Award for Best Overall Festival! The Indianapolis 500 Festival was runner-up and the National Cherry Blossom Festival of Washington, DC won the Bronze Award. KDF was recognized by their industry with this top award for the seventh time -- the most recent coming in 2009.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.