Sunday, August 22, 2010

The rebirth of Market Street, in Louisville, Kentucky

In downtown Louisville Kentucky, just a few blocks south of the Ohio River, is Market Street. Lined with turn of the century historic buildings, Market Street is undergoing what promises to be a rebirth comparable to any other historic city in the United States. The target area on Market for this incredible renaissance is the area east of 3rd street, all the way to Baxter.

In the 1980s, most of the buildings in this area were left vacant and in disrepair and the city was ready to tear them down. But, fortunately, Barbara Smith, a business women with uncanny vision bought up 12 of them and began renovating them. In the 1990s, she started selling them one by one to artists to be used as work spaces, galleries, and homes. Finally a couple of restaurants moved in and these, along with Joe Ley's Antiques and Muth's Candies started the movement towards a real "Gallery district".

Soon after this, a Trolley Hop was started which brought visitors into the area on one of Louisville's charming historic trolleys the first Friday of each month. The trolley hop is still a popular attraction. Visitors from all over the country love to come into Louisville over the week end just to enjoy the trolley hop. If you'r looking for a fun getaway for this summer or fall, look no further. Call us at the Aleksander House for accommodations and futher information

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