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Magazine published by Convention & Visitors Bureau upsets some west Louisville neighbors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local magazine highlighted some of the best places to visit in Louisville, but there are several neighborhoods missing from the list.

Inside the latest issue of the magazine, distributed at the Convention & Visitors Bureau, there's an article directing visitors to local attractions, but not one west Louisville business or location is included. The people who live and work there are not happy about that.

"I think the best is in the west," said Rev. Clay Calloway, who is a radio host and lifelong resident of west Louisville.

"(I'm) a proud resident of west Louisville."

That's why Rev. Calloway is not happy about the recent article.

"In this publication, they featured the boroughs of Louisville," he said.

The article includes The Highlands, Germantown, NuLu and even southern Indiana, but Rev. Calloway says there was a glaring omission.

He points out places like The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Muhammad Ali's childhood home that sees thousands of annual visitors and Shawnee Golf Course, that has had two visits from Tiger Woods.

"The most memorable one was when he hit a long drive from the driving range, and it hit the bridge [and] bounced back," said Dennis Trammell, who ran a youth golf clinic at the course in the 1990s.

There is also historic Simmons College of Kentucky.

"Simmons College goes all the way back to 1879, and it is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Kentucky," said Dr. Brian J. Well, the provost at Simmons College of Kentucky.

Dr. Wells said Simmons should be a destination spot for any visitor who wants to learn about Louisville's history.

"Certainly, consideration should be given to such a historic institution in any way in which the city is marketed about its treasures and its jewels, and Simmons is one of those jewels."

Meanwhile, we took Rev. Calloway's concerns to Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, who helps publish the annual piece.

"I can see if you're from a neighborhood that wasn't included that you'd be sensitive to that issue," said Stacy Yates, who is Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Yates said the annual article is based on ten criteria.

"In an eat, shop and play category, for example, St. Matthews is not in here, even though [there's] plenty of shopping with two malls, lots of dining, but not a significant attraction."

Yates also pointed out west Louisville is included on the website.

The Convention & Visitors Bureau just released a Muhammad Ali tourism brochure, and it recommends stops at Ali's childhood home and Central High School, both in west Louisville, and a stop in Smoketown.

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