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April 27, 2017 9:00am

The Lane Report Market Review Editorial: Louisville Swagger

Attitude is a pendulum that swings both ways.  Too much of it and you’re labeled cocky.  Too little and you fade into the background.  This region is at a crossroads economically, politically, and culturally.  Our attitude in the face of the challenges will determine our region’s trajectory for years to come.  So how about we take some risks and put a little more giddy-up in our step.

Greater Louisville has fantastic amenities that make it a phenomenal place to start a business, develop a career, and grow a family. There is an urban core that brings the vibrancy of city life (not to mention the always interesting Bardstown Road scene) and in less than 20 minutes you can be in the middle of natural splendor, totally isolated.  We have an internationally renowned restaurant scene that goes well beyond the best of Southern food and features specialties from across the globe. We have world class parks system including the brand new 4000+ acre Parklands of Floyds Fork.  Plus Louisville is home to professional companies in all five performing arts.  We generously support the Louisville Orchestra, Speed Art Museum, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Opera, and Actors’ Theatre, along with countless other arts organizations and nonprofits. And don’t forget Churchill Downs, The Ali Center and the Big-4 Bridge. This list goes on and on and all of these amenities are right at your fingertips and reasonably priced. Why would anyone want to call someplace else home?

Let’s embrace what makes us great – authentic – successful – proud, and tell the world.  And if we get some swagger, well that might just be a good thing.