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Old 09-08-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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What are some of the things Lexington has done to prepare for the World Equestrian Games? Just curious of any new construction or other projects.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, FL
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They built an arena at the Horse Park and tore up the sidewalks downtown. They also added a pavilion space down by Cheapside, but really, that's been about it. Centrepointe was a disaster and is now a fenced in greenspace and will probably remain that way for years.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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Wasted years of tax revenues to "improve" sidewalks & roads that didn't need improving.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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It was going to be built anyway, but the construction timetable of the UK ER was pushed up to make sure it was open in time for the games. The airport improved the entrance and they finished the alternative runway a couple years ahead of what was originally scheduled in their long range plan. Newtown Pike Extension was finished as well. The redo of S Limestone was influenced a lot by the Games.

Most of the projects they did would have been completed at some point in the next five years, but the Games gave everyone a deadline to shoot for.
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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Tore down some historic buildings that drove people outta business to build a chain link fence?? That's seriously all they've done that's had the most impact. Negative impact, but still.

Urban planning ain't exactly this city's strong point.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:12 PM
 
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Tore down some historic buildings that drove people outta business to build a chain link fence?? That's seriously all they've done that's had the most impact. Negative impact, but still.

Urban planning ain't exactly this city's strong point.
The only one "driven out of business" was The Dame and they were on their last legs only they didn't know it. Everybody else still have viable businesses elsewhere.

The planning would work well if the implementation would follow the plan. Too many "me's" getting in the way of "us".
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:11 AM
 
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The only one "driven out of business" was The Dame and they were on their last legs only they didn't know it. Everybody else still have viable businesses elsewhere.

The planning would work well if the implementation would follow the plan. Too many "me's" getting in the way of "us".
I may be mistaken, but wasn't there a hat store, a gay dance club (Club 141 I believe) & Triple Crown Lounge. I don't believe they relocated.

And its pretty debatable if the Dame was on its last legs. Did you go often? Cause I did & didn't see that at all.

Regardless, its not the point. Building is gone, nothing replaces it after years & shows you the "can't do" attitude of the city planners. You'd think they would have had a contingency plan in case this pie in the sky vision didn't pan out before flattening the block, but I guess that would have made too much sense.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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The only one "driven out of business" was The Dame and they were on their last legs only they didn't know it. Everybody else still have viable businesses elsewhere.
Sorry, but I have to dispute this statement and believe me I know! The businesses surrounding the demolition were also affected. No parking, no sidewalks, road closures for months on end.
I was a partner at Caros, on South Upper, and believe me it took its toll on our business and we finally gave up and closed the doors. Business was just fine up until the demolition started. Three families relied on the income from Caros, so it hurt to close. And, we all felt as though we were "driven out of business!" Especially since we were told, on a daily basis by those in the know, that the roads would be opened in a week, the parking spaces across from us would open any day, the sidewalks would be open for pedestrians soon, the Centrepointe building was going to start any day now!!! It's tough to run a business when customers can't get to you!
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Wasted years of tax revenues to "improve" sidewalks & roads that didn't need improving.
Not so sure about that, some of the sidewalks did need to be "fixed." I always like seeing improvements made downtown. If they were neglecting it, people would complain and then when they make it nice people complain too. You can't please everybody that's for sure.
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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Wasted years of tax revenues to "improve" sidewalks & roads that didn't need improving.
I think I recall them busting some gas line or something too b/c they didn't take the time to check before they dug
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