What They Said: Our debut round-up of Insider Louisville's most compelling reader comments

Here in our little office at Insider Louisville, we’re constantly coming up with crazy ideas.

But this idea is a good crazy idea.

Insider Louisville is about you and your city, and some of the best and most impassioned writing on the site comes not from our regular contributors, but from you, our most fiery readers and commenters.

But too often your posts get overlooked: Sometimes you may have posted on an article days or even weeks after the article was originally published.

So we’re going to keep our eagle-eyes open for the best of the best when it comes to comments on the website. And every so often we’ll post a round up of reader comments, just like this one.

This is an equal opportunity forum: We’ll feature posts that sing our praises as well as those that zing us. We’ll feature posts that offer big ideas and solid solutions, and we’ll feature posts from people who just want to bitch and be heard.

Just because we feature a comment here, it doesn’t mean we agree.

It just means that we heard you, and we thought other people should hear you too.

So, without further ado, here’s our first installment of a regular feature: “What They Said”

• “After a tear-down of Kentucky, Brad Feld talks building start-up communities at Forge event” by Melissa Chipman
Paul Sullivan says, “Brad’s first principle in his Boulder Thesis is that startup communities need to be led by entrepreneurs, and no one has done more for the Lexington and KY startup communities than Brian Raney. Ms. Chipman’s remarks regarding Brian, Boulder and Louisville’s faults add nothing to the story, but simply reflect the misguided competitiveness that Feld suggests holds individuals and communities back from sharing helping each other succeed.”

• “Insider Louisville 3.0: Our digital prototype is finally ready for prime time” by Staff
Jacqueline Klein says: “You guys give me a reason to live. You serve up a good helping of sassy most every day- don’t lose your point of view as you grow- your voice is just as important as the content.”

Ann Riordan says: “Congrats to an amazing Insider Louisville team! Love it!”

• “Guaca Mole’s Team Martinez to open Mussel+Burger Bar in early 2013” by Steve Coomes
Rob Yoder says: “Restaurants duplicate efforts all the time, and that’s fine. Put your own spin on it and go for it. However, I do disagree with the line, ‘something nobody else is doing here.’ The cheeseburger is hardly a new innovation. People have been slapping meat on a piece of bread for quite a while. But very few places in town are hand-selecting their own cuts of meat from local farms, coming up with their own custom blends of those cuts and serving them in the freshest ways possible. That actually IS unique, at least in the Louisville market. Grind has been out in front of the pack in terms of innovation, freshness and in supporting the local culinary scene. Chef Martinez (who cooks a mean mole, btw) also has a good track record on those fronts so I’m personally looking forward to what he has to offer. But, I’m still gonna get my Grind on as often as possible.”
Daniel Pfaltzgraf says: “Speaking of synergy, the lion’s share of KFC’s profits come from China, which is also coincidentally one of the NBA’s fastest growing markets. I believe the NBA has even started its own league there. Add to that that the NBA has recently approved adding sponsorships to uniforms (like premier league soccer I would assume), and you would have companies wanting to attach their names next to the KFC brand in chicken crazy Asia. Shouldn’t be hard to find more dollars for that.”

sportsbiz says: “Personally, I don’t believe that the city has a sufficient corporate to support a NBA team at the prices the tickets and suites would have to command over a 41 game home schedule, plus exhibitions. Regionalism is somewhat constrained by the presence of the Pacers to the north and the Predators and Titans to the south, assuming the NHL ever starts playing again, not to mention the Reds and the Bengals. So, once again you’re looking at predominately a greater Louisville-based sponsor base and I don’t really think it exists.

• “Sources: Louisville Downtown Development Corp. retail revival plan could put multiple new retailers on Fourth Street” by Terry Boyd
Geoff Glaab says: “Minneapolis has a 3 story Target in the middle of downtown and it is always packed. A Target near 4th & Broadway has incredible potential, drawing folks from Germantown, Old Louisville, and the West End who are otherwise going to Southern IN to shop there. Add another large department store (Macy’s, Saks Fifth Ave) and a Whole Foods, and then some of those vacant condos might start filling up.

• The future is now: Louisville’s New Establishment includes members of dynasties as well as emerging leaders” by Terry Boyd
RyderCup1 says: We could make the argument the next 25 years have the potential of being the greatest, most expansive quarter-century in Louisville history. “I would very much like to see that happen! We might finally have almost rid ourselves of the ‘It can’t be done here’ attitude that has prevailed for 50+ years. It appears likely 1-2 bridges will be built and a growing consensus to get an NBA team. (am not a proponent or opponent of either…just citing two items that historically have been preceded by ‘it can’t ….’) Other, non-scientific basis is that many recent college graduates I know of…consider Da Ville to be cool.”

• “Officials, business leaders on GLI GLIDE trip to Oklahoma City, part of Fischer Administration’s local option sales tax push” by Staff
J. Bruce Miller says: “This is exactly what Ok. City did. It began following the destruction of the Murrah Federal Bldg, by a very pro-active Mayor and Governor. I hope the UofL contingent on this trip can take time to realize that a major university (Univ. of Oklahoma) which is in Norman (about 20 miles from the crossroads of downtown Ok. City) can exist in a city with an NBA team, just like they can in Memphis, MIlwaukee, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, etc. The ‘gliders’ will find a remarkable city that would have NEVER been considered in the 1970s EVEN FOR THE OLD ABA, but is now a 21st century icon due to many things, including the fact that it’s IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES. No realistic reason why it can’t happen here, IF IT CAN HAPPEN IN OKLAHOMA CITY.”

• “Meteoric rise of Cincinnati’s start-up scene underscores why Kentucky excels at being 48th” by Terry Boyd
RyderCup1 says: “Seems like the writers for Insider Louisville are a bit of the “Sky is Falling” ilk. Cincinnati’s Brandery is a direct result of one of the most famous and successful (and controlling) marketing/brand creating companies on the planet being founded and headquartered there. Namely, Proctor & Gamble, aka P&G, Proctor & God. I would say that any company that wants a 14-week submersion in consumer brand nirvana should consider The Brandery. However, it does not mean that the start-up needs to or even should stay in Cincinnati. P&G has lots of money and if they see an idea they like…they will buy it or copy it. End of story/end of start-up. The Impulcity guys needed lots of $$$…fast…they got it in Cinci…maybe as a result of The Brandery. I wish them well and hope they consider relocating back to Louisville once the glare of the P&G klieg lites wear off and they figure out the talent and the capital they need is virtually available.”

• “David Jones, Jr. to critics: ‘I’m a different kind of candidate’” by Terry Boyd
J. Bruce Miller says: “I admire David Jones, Jr. for his willingness to step forward and offer his talent to this community, which so sorely needs talented people in leadership positions. I also am quite aware of what happens when someone steps forward and tries to awaken Louisville, which was described by George Leighton in his 1939 book “Five Cities” as the “City that’s willing to let well enough alone.” The very same thing has happened to me — in my decade-long quest to use my connections and collateral to obtain an NBA franchise for this city. All the negative nabobs come forward with every sort of dreamed-up ‘ulterior motive’ to criticize the person who is dedicated to alter the status quo.

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century’s global economy, Louisville is swiftly moving into the position becoming little more than the largest city in what is fast-becoming the equivalent of a 3rd world country called “Kentucky.” It’s competing with ‘college towns’ like Lexington and Knoxville, instead of major league cities like Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Nashville and Charlotte. In the process it’s failing to ‘reach beyond its grasp’ to accomplish GENUINE excellence, rather than just the frequent ‘pat on our own back.’

Somehow, this city has to wake up – and it has to be soon. The answer to the problem is provided by the perception of the famed historians Will and Auriel Durant in their multi-volume book “The Story of Civilization” — “When the group or a civilization declines, it is througfh no mystic limitation of a corporate life, but through the failure of its political and intellectioal leaders to MEET THE CHALLENGES OF CHANGE.” That was the opening quote in my book “Airball” which was published in 2004 and still true — today.
Good luck David — call me sometime and we can share our frustrations !!!!
All the Best,
J. Bruce Miller