Part II: The Thousand Year Suck & The Dawn of CentrePointe
(Author’s preface: For the past two months I’ve been recovering from an oxycontin-induced coma, which I only recently emerged from. The first thing I did after waking up, after drinking a large glass of orange juice, was write this article)
A long time ago, in an age when indoor plumbing was something of a novelty and black people were sold like meat upon the slave trading post at downtown’s
In her glory days
And with twenty-first century corporatocracy breathing down her neck and a controversial, history-raping building to be erected in the heart of her downtown, all Lexington’s collective best and brightest can do to stop it is Xerox a few angry fliers, hold candlelight vigils, slam bad poetry, and give incoherent, paranoid phone calls to KET’s Kentucky Tonight.
The writing is on the wall – or, to be accurate, the lack of wall that used to be Triple Crown Lounge, a bar that until recently provided a stunning view of
I’m sure that a lot of people (especially those who read and contribute to this blog) feel like Mr. Morton’s ghost in lieu of the repeated failure of the preservation establishment to score any real victories against the Webb Company and its pet CentrePointe. In a lot of respects the general feeling among the indigenous, non-horse breeding, urban “creative class” is one of profound, devastating ennui: How can a soulless corporation usurp the very dwelling space where they, the “creative class”, have become so fond of getting shitfaced? Isn’t any one respecting our demographically coveted creative classiness?
The answer to this question will not (and I repeat, will not) be found in the pages of Richard Florida’s book, The Rise of the Creative Class, so brandished like a defective Ark of the Covenant by CentrePointe’s grassroots opposition. Nor will you find it resting in the chambers of City Hall. To truly understand why CentrePointe will get built and
For most of the twentieth century
First and foremost, the maxim “money talks, bullshit walks” comes to mind; regarding the Webbs, without whose malignant development history the downtown of present-day Lexington would not be what it already is, they have proven time and again with projects like the Festival Market, the soulless Victorian Square, and the just-as-high-as-CentrePointe Big Blue Trashcan that money will always drown out the cries of this particular bullshit-fond citizenry. So it should come as no surprise that the Webbs will rack up yet another monstrous structure via Lexington’s bid to reclaim some her past glory by way of FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games (whose impact on development city-wide can be compared to cleaning up your apartment only when you have guests over – but what of the person who actually lives there?), an outcome that is as inevitable as it is sad.
For that matter, moneyed interest will always beat the Herald-Leader editorial page, which has been virtually absent from this debate since before the beginning and deserves, I think, some of the blame. The very reason why I dropped out of
Thus blindly following Mr. Florida down the rabbit hole doesn’t help, but hinders Lexington’s dilemma – not only insofar that he waters down the very notion of creativity into a commodifiable good too easily digested by corporate adoption, but his theory, when applied, presupposes that co-opting other cities’ “creative class” success stories is a righteous substitute for the processes by which a truly creative class native to a specific region might emerge organically and successfully. Sending Newberry, Gray & Co. to Austin, Texas, to study its thriving nightlife and its (OMG!) 24/7 downtown undermines whatever uniqueness Lexington might have retained during her decades of abuse, and thus ideologically paves the way for “anything better” to supplant a homegrown creativity which currently might exist within her but remains nonetheless alien to the myopic lenses of a mayor who (apparently) keeps a copy of Florida’s book on his desk, like it even matters. Yet still the best and brightest flee. And still the U.S.S. Lexington sinks…
If stemming the tide of youth-flight and ensuring viable historic modernity even remotely mattered to the city, then she would have purchased the block prior to the Webb’s CentrePointe machinations, but this assumes the LFUCG can effectively plan more than three months into the future. And if this truly mattered to her citizens, we would’ve seen hipsters and hillbillies alike chained to the Diversified Development bulldozers, maybe even some of the young scions of Lexington’s Old Money crowd pitch in and help purchase some of the buildings, seeing as to how they’ve got some nifty ideas about it, but no: “Too little, too late” was to be the grassroots battlecry.
So fell the Triple Crown Lounge, the first of many dominoes in an ugly process that will only serve to benefit
I, along with a few other people I know, will soon be leaving
With her history as a guidepost, and current trends charting a course of her future, the
“Horse Capital of the Universe”, here we come…
…Just count me out.
Bush beat John Kerry 63-35% in North Dakota in 2004.
Bush beat John Kerry 60-38% in South Dakota in 2004.
From Rasmussen last week in North Dakota:
From Rasmussen today in South Dakota:
John Yarmuth has a spiffy new campaign website, check it out, yo.
My favorite part is that the first image I saw was of John with Nancy Pelosi.
Take that right-wingers!!! He’s a proud progressive Democrat who’s friends with a “radical San Francisco liberal”!!! And he’s still going to beat Northup by 10+ points!!!
4 months till schadenfreude-fest!!!
Dear John McCain,
As a proud descendant of Bohemians (see shield to the left), currently the Czech Republic, I have to give you a piece of foreign policy advice.
See, I know you don’t have any experience in the executive branch dealing with such things, but you should probably know that the country of Czechoslovakia DOESN’T EXIST, AND HASN’T EXISTED FOR 15 YEARS!!!
McCain talking to reporters today:
“I was concerned about a couple of steps that the Russian government took in the last several days. One was reducing the energy supplies to Czechoslovakia.”
John… learn what countries are in Europe, it’s kind of an important continent.
And this isn’t the first time John has waxed philosophical about a country that doesn’t exist.
In April of this year on the Imus show, McCain said he would support the European Missile Defense System despite Russia’s opposition, “And I would work closely with Czechoslovakia and Poland and other countries.”
Aaaaaaand in October of last year at a Republican debate on Vladimir Putin: “This is a dangerous person. And he has to understand that there’s a cost to some of his actions. And the first thing I would do is make sure that we have a missile defense system in place in Czechoslovakia and Poland, and I don’t care what his objections are to it.”
John, get it through your head once and for all, there is no such country, OK?
It appears that not only are his policies grounded at least 20 years in the past, so are his world maps.
Please tell me that someone is playing a practical joke on Jake, right?