Since we don’t print anything, we know you’re not letting Insider Louisvilles pile up in your study, unopened and unread.

That said, when we peer deep into the analytics of our digital news and information delivery service, we wonder if IL now is simply posting more content than readers have time to consume.

Insider Louisville readers are busier than most Louisvillians between careers, business, travel and – let’s face it – all those New2Lou bourbon outings.

To that end, we decided to introduce a new occasional “Best of Insider Louisville” feature for those weeks when local sports teams are playing in national tournaments, and everyone is on Spring Break in Destin.

We’ve chosen some “Best of IL” posts based on partly on volume of page views and Facebook “likes.”

But we’ve included others because they document important new trends and issues you need to know about.

Let’s start with our top “Liked” post, with 136 likes at last check:


Ron Smith, proprietor of The Root Cellar in Germantown

• Root Cellar’s Ron Smith on a mission to serve the West End farm fresh produce via food truck

By Niki King | Published: April 1, 2013

 Ron Smith, proprietor of The Root Cellar, a store that sells all local, farm fresh foods, is launching a new project that combines some of Louisville’s favorite trends: a food truck, local eats and crowdsourcing. Smith is planning a mobile food truck, like a farmers market on wheels, to sell wares in West End neighborhoods where fresh food is less plentiful.

• Village Capital and NCIIA: Accelerator for ‘change the world’ projects coming to Louisville this summer

By Melissa Chipman | Published: April 1, 2013

Village Capital and the VentureWell program of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) have announced the opening of applications for the first Village Capital program here in Louisville. Village Capital/VentureWell is a business accelerator program looking for “change the world” projects: pre-revenue, post-idea teams with opportunities to scale. Applicants will be evaluated on both the financial viability of the company and the potential for social or environmental impact. The program is set to accept 15 teams.

Preventive medicine or greed? Attorneys hunting more unnecessary coronary stent cases

By Curtis Morrison | Published: April 2, 2013

Unnecessary stints result in unnecessary surgery risks to patients who get them, but also subsequent health issues, including a lifetime of prescriptions for blood-thinning medications. Physicans say they’re justified in inserting stints long before patients reach that level of circulation restriction. But local and national media and health care bloggers are covering increasing allegations that Catholic Health Initiatives is indulging in what Louisville-based health care policy expert Dr. Peter Hasselbacher has coined “angioplasty abuse.”

• Albrecht Stahmer: Bring the NBA to Louisville effort may hinge on today’s big owners’ meeting

By Albrecht Stahmer | Published: April 3, 2013

Sports business fortunes can change faster than you can say, “Kevin Ware.” Three months ago, Louisville was pretty much out of luck with its NBA effort, with the Sacramento Kings headed west. Now, the stars may be aligning for an opportunity that could develop very quickly for Louisville later this year … if at all.

• Pub Summit: Startups compete over pints for an invite to Ireland

By Melissa Chipman | Published: April 3, 2013

Pub Summits started in 2012 with 50 invite-only Summits, mostly in Europe, where people hobknobbed, networked and pitched their ideas. The most promising ideas were elected to advance to a global Web Summit. This year, Pub Summits are expanding to 100 cities in 40 countries, and Louisville is one of them. The event is free and open to any technology industry members, including entrepreneurs, programmers, bloggers, investors and anyone involved with web design and development.

• ‘C3′ to their friends: New Louisville-based investment effort formally christened ‘CommonWealth Crowdfunding Committee’

By Terry Boyd | Published: April 3, 2013

 Louisville’s nascent investment crowd-funding group took a major step Wednesday toward creating the first – or among the first – formal, functioning efforts in the United States. Members of the 3-month-old group are striving to position the region for the new digital dealmaking revolution expected with the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.

• Louisville home prices, sales both bounding while inventory falls to critical level

By Tre Pryor | Published: April 4, 2013

Looking at this chart, it’s easy to see the positive improvements in both Louisville home sales and values. March Madness has spilled over into our real estate. After a couple of months of marginal improvement in home sales, March comes out like wildfire with 20.3 percent growth over the previous month. During March, 2012 there were 620 homes sold in Jefferson County. This March, 746 Louisville homes were sold.For the year, Louisville home sales are 14.2 percent ahead of last year’s pace.

• Building or finding your ‘tribe’: Tweet chats’ growing popularity in marketing and engagement

By Melissa Chipman | Published: April 4, 2013

Tweet chats are live discussions that take place on Twitter around a particular topic. Tweets by participants in a Tweet chat are marked with a hashtag specific to the event so that they can be followed by everyone participating.

The most popular Tweet chats take place weekly, at a regular time, and often include Q&A sessions with special guests.

• The saga continues: Louisville-based New Directions cuts stake in Texas hospital after cash crunch, altercation

By Terry Boyd | Published: April 4, 2013

New Directions, a Louisville-based health care firm with a history of troubled takeovers, has given up control of a large Texas hospital it acquired in 2011.

• Move over Crawford & Bozich: Conservative columnist John David Dyche finds life after the CJ … at WDRB-TV

By Rick Redding | Published: April 5, 2013

 WDRB-TV announced Thursday that it has hired John David Dyche to write conservative opinion columns twice a week for the station’s website, and vows to balance the hire with an unnamed liberal voice in the near future.

Econ-dev czar Ted Smith on new $245 million Center City plan: ‘Cordish proposal is appealing, but can we afford it?’

By Terry Boyd | Published: April 5, 2013

A new The Cordish Companies proposal centers around a 600-room hotel, with condos and limited retail. But the question becomes, “Will this become another public obligation a la KFC Yum! Center?”

Block Party Handmade Boutique opens in South Fourth Street retail district.

By Melissa Chipman | Published: April 6, 2013

Block Party Handmade Boutique epitomizes the “uniquely Louisville” stores that the city has hoped would move into what the city’s marketing machine is calling “SoFo,” the corridor on South Fourth Street between the Brown Hotel and the Seelbach Hotel.