Tuesday, February 28, 2023


University of Louisville News & Perspectives

Cleaning Up The Neighborhood

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The ripple effect.

The area beneath the George Rogers Clark Bridge on Second Street has always been among the most dreary locations in town, good only for a quick shortcut to I-64 East and out of downtown.

That’s about to change, thanks to construction of the new Louisville basketball arena and a $2.4 million transportation grant from the state.

The location is being transformed into a grand plaza, complete with greenery, seating and pedestrian spaces. The street, which is currently one way, will be converted to two-way traffic. Special lighting under the bridge will highlight the span’s iron architecture. The space will also be a magnet for festivals, vendors and musicians.

Expected to be ready October 10th.


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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “Cleaning Up The Neighborhood

  • July 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Not to mention what is being down on Washington Street as part of the Whiskey Row Lofts development and Jonathan Blue’s IronQuarter he is trying to build…



    One of the 2 main entrances to the Louisville Arena is located at Second and Washington. Thus Washington Street will become a major pedestrian gateway street for events. It links several parking garages and lots as well as Witherspoon, Slugger Field and Waterfront Park to the arena. Whiskey Row Lofts restaurants and entertainment venues will open onto this pedestrian-oriented street which will have special lighting, banners, reduced traffic flow and multiple outdoor dining opportunities.

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