It's been a while, so let's hand out a few more Darts and Laurels.
My first Laurel goes to everyone associated with the current explosion of hotel development in downtown Louisville. Most of the talk has been concentrated on the huge Omni project, but I'm just as heartened by the soon-to-be-opened Holiday Inn Express at Eighth and Market, as well as other announced hotels like the Homewood Suites at Seventh and Market and the Marriott and Hilton planned for NuLu.
With construction of these projects in such previously underserved areas, our central city is finally showing real signs of actual expansion, and that bodes well for our continued success as a tourist destination.
But a Dart goes to the Parking Authority of River City, which - according to a recently-filed lawsuit - has welshed on its agreement to pay property taxes and agreed-upon maintenance expenses for a parking lot it leases from Waterfront Park Place. In all, the suit claims that PARC owes almost $43,000, and if that turns out to be correct, I have to wonder what the agency's been doing with all those parking fines it collects.
Finally, a Laurel goes to Louisville's own Jennifer Lawrence, who recently donated two million dollars to Kosair Children's Hospital to establish a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. The Oscars and Golden Globes are nice, but in my book, generosity like this is what makes her a real winner.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.