That Time of Year
It’s that time of year when people make lists. Things to buy. Gifts they want. Places to go. So it should come as no surprise that there is a list of the events from 2010 that remind us all that Louisville really is “Possibility City.” Or, to put it another way, events and occurrences that demonstrate that no matter who you are … where you’re from … or what your interests and aspirations might be … it’s possible here!
Of course, every list needs a winner. This is where you come in our fine friend. Look over the various examples of Louisville’s can-do attitude and choose the one that best represents what makes Louisville the best city in the world. (And don’t be a stranger, you can keep coming back to the poll to vote as many times as you want.)
And the Nominees Are:
- Louisville opens its new KFC Yum! Center – a $238 million state-of-the-art sports arena. It’s a defiantly can-do gesture in the face of the worst recession in a generation.
- Eastern Kentucky native Monica Marks comes to Louisville and becomes the first female U of L student to be named a Rhodes Scholar.
- USA Today names Slugger Field as one of nation’s 10 best minor league baseball parks in April 2010. Of course, we’ve known this since they opened its doors 10 years ago.
- Ford Motor Company announces it will invest $600 million in the once-doomed Louisville Assembly plant.an investment that will include 1,800 new jobs..
- Men’s Journal names Louisville to its list of the “Best Places to Live”.
- Signature HealthCARE, one of the nation’s 12 largest operators of senior care facilities in the U.S., announces a move to Louisville-a move that will result in 120, new, high-paying jobs. Additionally, Signature partnered with the University of Louisville to create the International Center for Long Term Care Innovation – an accelerator focused on developing new products and services to the Aging Care market..
- The St. James Court Art Show lands in the Top 10 of American Style Magazine’s sixth-annual Fairs & Festivals poll.
- For the second straight year Conde Nast Traveler names 21c Museum Hotel the No. 1 hotel in the United States.
- The University of Louisville men’s soccer team defeats UCLA, Ohio State and North Carolina to advance to the nationally televised NCAA Championship game.
- Louisville is named one of the safest large cities for children in the United States, according to MSNBC.com.
- 18-year-old Louisville native Alexandria Mills is named Miss World.
- Bicycling Magazine names Louisville one of the nation’s top 25 “bicycle-friendly” cities.
- Louisville made Bon Appétit Magazine’s list of “America’s Foodiest Towns.”
- General Electric announces a $142 million investment that will create 851 local “green” jobs at Appliance Park.
- Louisville receives the 2010 IFEA (International Festivals and Events Association) World Festival & Event City Award.
Click below to vote: UPDATE. THE POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED. CHECK OUT YOUR WINNER BELOW.
- Slugger Field (48%, 8,737 Votes)
- Signature HealthCARE (46%, 8,442 Votes)
- Ford Motor Company (1%, 266 Votes)
- Miss World (1%, 171 Votes)
- 21c Museum Hotel (1%, 123 Votes)
- UofL's Men’s Soccer Team (1%, 104 Votes)
- KFC Yum! Center (1%, 103 Votes)
- America’s Foodiest Towns (0%, 83 Votes)
- Best Places to Live (0%, 43 Votes)
- World Festival & Event City Awar (0%, 36 Votes)
- Monica Marks (0%, 29 Votes)
- Bicycle-Friendly (0%, 26 Votes)
- Safest Large Cities (0%, 21 Votes)
- St. James Court Art Show (0%, 18 Votes)
- “Green” Jobs at Appliance Park (1%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 18,197
Have we missed something? If so, add your favorite example of what’s possible in Louisville in the comment section below.