Louisville Magazine

AUG 2013

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FEED Back City Guide sidetaking When I started perusing the City Guide (June 2013), I was pretty excited to hear about new things to do in the city. I really enjoyed the "Best Day Ever in (insert neighborhood here)." I mean, yeah, the Highlands, Germantown and Clifton ones were pretty tired. But at least we knew the writers were into the Type A personality, Cool Tings to Do Club, right? Ten I turned the page and noticed Shively was mentioned. It had the little page, but no "best day ever" — same with Iroquois, West End/Portland and J-town. I understand that Louisville Magazine is supposedly "cool." What I didn't understand at the time of reading this most recent issue was the blatant classism, snobbery, and really how riddled with privilege this city is, and how this magazine is helping to continue to ostracize our neighbors to the south and west. From what I can gather, the writers could not be bothered to even go to Iroquois, Shively, Portland or J-town to see what treasures lay in those ends of town. Specifcally, Greenwood Boat Docks, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, all of the diferent cultural stores on and surrounding South Tird Street, a drive along Northwestern and Southwestern parkways (the houses rival all in the Cherokee Triangle), enjoying a meal at Mexico Tipico. Maybe going to King's on 18th Street and having some delicious chicken, macaroni and cheese, and greens. Or maybe just looking at all the beautiful houses in Portland and the West End. Most importantly, the stars. In the South End, the stars are brighter, the grass is greener and the air smells better. Your best day ever in the South End could have been lying in a 8 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.13 park, enjoying the quiet. See? It's easy! Iroquois got a notable mention only because of the amphitheater and only because of the hipster bands that play there. Still, no best day ever because best days don't happen in places of our city that aren't "immediately cool" or superfcially cultured in a way that poseur writers can digest along with their ironically ordered PBRs. I propose that you rename your magazine something more ftting of the content. How about "Everything But the Poors and Blacks City Magazine." Candace J. Sharp Louisville (Editor's note: May we suggest reading our March issue, with almost 40 pages dedicated to west Louisville? Or our May issue, which included a photo essay on historic homes of the Parkways, including Northwestern and Southwestern parkways? Also in May, we looked at the prospects of turning some prime acreage in west Louisville formerly home to a tobacco plant into a development that would boost that area's economy. In April we examined life as a resident in the South End neighborhood immediately surrounding Churchill Downs. We sent writers, editors and researchers to every neighborhood in the city to update listings and gather data. Not all featured a Best Day Ever (including the East End). As for those hipster bands at the Iroquois Amphitheater, we didn't mention any bands, just a couple of upcoming movies — noted hipster must-see's Psycho and Lincoln. Gosh, our "ironically ordered PBRs" must not be working. Love that line, by the way. Cheers.) Tis year's City Guide has grabbed my attention more than those of previous years, inspiring me to want to break out of my normal patterns and discover more of the city's treats. It's really a beautifully presented celebration of our local culture. Tank you! Steven Ward Louisville Via Facebook Mutt obliged I truly enjoyed reading about the various dogs and their personalities ("Inter-ofce Memo," July 2013). It only emphasizes my favorite expression: "Dogs are the nicest people I know." Ruth Dietrich Louisville The Spaulding way I enjoyed the article about Laura Spaulding and Yoga East (July 2013). However, I want to add that Laura is much, much more than a "look." She is passionate about Ashtanga Yoga, and her strength in keeping the practice the way Guruji taught her it should be (presented) can be misinterpreted. Laura is compassionate, generous and giving. As a student at Yoga East for more than two years, I appreciate all the qualities that her leadership brings to the practice. She is oldschool in that privileges are earned and not given. Laura teaches what her teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois, taught her: "Practice, and all is coming." We are so lucky that Laura has found this practice and presents it as it is meant to be. Namaste. Jack Banbury Goshen, Ky. Write Us Your comments on anything that appears in Louisville Magazine are welcome by email at feedback@loumag.com or by U.S. mail to: Feedback, Louisville Magazine, 137 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Suite 101, Louisville, KY 40202. Letters are most likely to be published if they are 300 words or fewer. They may be edited for length and clarity.

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