Edna Kubala grew up in Stamping Ground, Ky and moved to Louisville for college. She lived in Mainz, Germany from 2001-2005 and loves to travel. Her new book, Louisville’s Butchertown, will be in stores February 8th, and her website historicbutchertown.comlists book signings and other events.
Though not perfect, I love the walkability of Louisville. I love that within a few blocks of our home we can: go for a pint of beer and an order of fish and chips at the Irish Rover, eat the most incredible scallops at L&N Wine Bar, have fantastic sushi at Maido, linger over an awesome cup of coffee at Cafe Classico, and listen to a jugband play at Clifton’s Pizza. I love that in Butchertown, Sergio’s is serving up weird and wonderful beers from around the world and across the street a neon sign glows on the steeple of the church that has been in the neighborhood since its beginning.
I love the miles of parks throughout the city, and that Olmsted planned the unique identity of each. For a change of scenery, my husband and I can bike from our house in Butchertown to the Farnsley Moremen Landing on a bike trail that winds along the river and through the Portland neighborhood. We can bike along the nifty Beargrass Creek Trail off Spring Street to Cherokee Park or along the Butchertown Greenway to the Ohio River! I love that Waterfront Wednesdays are free and that we can watch Thunder over Louisville from the roof of our house. I love redevelopment of old buildings like the Henry Clay downtown, and new buildings built to fit in their surroundings like the excellent condos on Franklin Street.
What I love most of Louisville is the simultaneous big city feel, with the ability to dine out on the town, and small town, neighborly chats still shared over the fence. I love that one can take a short trip across the river to the Falls of the Ohio and be able to both peacefully stargaze AND admire the big (little) city skyline on display across the river.