August 14, 2013

What A Week

Louisville’s Weekly Zeitgeist Radar


Minutes after a vote to increase the property tax rate 3.1 percent failed, JCPS approved a 1.4 percent increase instead. The hike will generate roughly $8 million, in part, to offset federal sequestration and state budget cuts. Student achievement costs money, school officials say, but after six tax increases in as many years, parents and property owners alike are questioning whether we need more than money to solve the district’s problems.


Engage Louisville will host a public meeting to discuss and get feedback on its tentative master plan for reshaping downtown Louisville, which includes extending Waterfront Park west, re-imagining the Belvedere and attracting new demographics of residents to live in downtown neighborhoods. Metro Council could adopt the final master plan as an ordinance before the end of the year, which means residents with ideas and/or fears of another Fourth Street Live should speak up now.


Heroin-related arrests in Louisville jumped from 32 in all of 2008 to 618 so far this year, reports The Courier-Journal. Similarly, Louisville police seized 104 grams of heroin during 2008, and, as of July 20, this year’s total is already more than 600 grams of heroin. Southern Indiana has seen similar skyrocketing rates. Let’s hope someone has a master plan for combating these frightening numbers, which have potentially devastating effects on public health and safety.


Mammoth Cave National Park is ceasing the sale of alcohol beginning Aug. 17 after a sharp increase in the number of idiots ruining it for the rest of us. Last year, when no alcohol was sold at the park, there were 47 total alcohol-related incidents. This year, there have already been 40, reports WFPL. Luckily, visitors will still be able to bring along their own adult beverages.

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