There is another city I travel to a couple times a year. I won't mention which city, but I can tell you it's roughly the size of Louisville.
This city has two hotels downtown. I've stayed in both of them and they are outdated, understaffed, and usually about 90% empty. The center city is mostly dead, especially in the winter.
Contrast that with Louisville. Just in the downtown area, we have the massive Galt House, the Marriott, 21C, the new Embassy Suites and Hilton Gardens, the Seelbach, the Brown, the Marriott Courtyard, the Hyatt, the Hampton and Fairfield Inns, and the Springhill Suites. And the big Omni Hotel is getting ready to come out of the ground.
That's just in downtown!
The funny thing is I have many vendors who come to see me from out of town. I can't tell you how many times they have mentioned that they had a tough, or impossible, time getting a hotel here because everything was full!
We sometimes complain that Louisville isn't growing fast enough. Maybe it's true, but we should recognize just how good we have it here. We have a lot of convention business. A whole new batch of restaurants popping up around the magnificent Yum! Center. Fourth Street Live still seems to be hanging in there. Louisville is alive.
A healthy downtown makes for a healthy community and we really are flourishing.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.