Anyone doubting that downtown Louisville is a far more energetic and vital place than it was just a decade or so ago would have gotten an eye-opener with a stroll down Main Street any night last weekend.
Beginning from the east, Saturday night's Louisville City FC soccer game drew almost 5,300 fans to Slugger Field -- a facility that until last year sat virtually unused outside baseball season.
Then, moving west, country superstar Garth Brooks did four packed shows at the YUM! Center, continuing a tour that probably would have bypassed Louisville entirely before that facility was built.
At the same time, theater-goers had plenty to choose from at Actors Theatre's world famous Humana Festival of New American Plays. And at the Kentucky Center, the Louisville Ballet was putting its best foot forward on Friday night, while on Saturday, the renewed Louisville Orchestra continued its resurgence with the Festival of American Music.
And the action wasn't just on Main. The Louisville Palace, Mercury Ballroom and many smaller venues were also doing their part to make sure the rest of downtown got its share of the entertainment-hungry crowds.
It's a different downtown than the one I discovered when I moved here 14 years ago.
It's on the cusp of even greater things when the newly-expanded Convention Center opens in two years.
And I'd guess the hotel and restaurant owners couldn't be happier.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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