Kentucky

Three bridges span the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati.

$1.6 Billion for Ohio River Bridge Included in Latest Federal Grant Announcements

The Biden administration this week spanned the country to announce over $2 billion in grant funding for bridge projects.

January 5, 2023 - The White House

Ohio River

Where and Why Rezonings Are More Likely to Succeed

A new analysis of developer-initiated rezonings in Louisville, Kentucky sheds light on how the land use regulation system works.

November 16, 2022 - Urban Institute

tennessee

Opinion: Beware ‘Gatlinburginazation’

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, located at the western gateway of Great Smokey Mountains National Park, serves as a cautionary tale in the debate about a proposed resort near Slade in Eastern Kentucky.

August 3, 2022 - Lexington Herald Leader

Rendering of kayakers on river and people sitting on riverbank in new park

‘Climate-Adaptive’ Park Planned for Ohio River Shoreline

The project aims to slow erosion along the riverbank and restore the formerly industrial area to a more natural state.

July 24, 2022 - Governing

A Downtown Louisville street at night, with the lights of passing shown with a blurred effect.

Louisville Slowly Working Toward Vision Zero Commitment

If approved, an ordinance under consideration in Louisville would commit to eventually eliminate traffic fatalities…20 years in the future.

June 14, 2022 - WFPL

House with accessibility ramp

Leaky Roof? A USDA Home Repair Option

One USDA program has given out over $1 billion in rural home repair grants since its inception, and could be inspiration for similar programs in urban and suburban communities as well.

June 1, 2022 - Shelterforce Magazine

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court, with an American flag flying above its large columns and white marble exterior.

Supreme Court: OSHA Exceeded its Public Health Authority

The Supreme Court ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had overreached its authority to protect the health of workers in large private companies. In a separate decision, it upheld a vaccine mandate for most healthcare workers.

January 18, 2022 - The New York Times

An image of a sign asking people to wear masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Omicron Breaks Another Pandemic Record: Hospitalizations

The highly infectious Omicron variant is contributing to a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. The record set in last winter's surge fell on Tuesday as hospitals suffer from massive labor shortages caused by the variant.

January 16, 2022 - The Washington Post

An image of President Joe Biden at a meeting in the White House while wearing a mask in February 2021.

Biden's 'Path Out of the Pandemic' Imperiled by Multiple Court Decisions

The vaccine mandate that applies to federal contractors included in President Biden's COVID plan announced in September to slow the Delta surge was halted by a federal judge in Kentucky. That's the third requirement to be paused, leaving only one.

December 5, 2021 - Lexington Herald-Leader

Interstate 65 Louisville

Evidence for Tolls as a 'Surefire' Traffic Congestion Fix

Traffic on a Louisville freeway fell by half after a toll was implemented. Could this be the best way to reduce traffic congestion?

November 19, 2021 - City Observatory

COVID-19 Test

The Pandemic Crisis Is a Hospital Crisis

"Flatten the curve" was one of the first pandemic terms that Americans heard during the first surge. The idea was to reduce coronavirus transmission so as to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. But which curve? Case in point: Idaho.

September 23, 2021 - The New York Times

Cincinnati Area

Major Waterfront Improvements Completing Construction South of Cincinnati

Developer Southbank Partners is putting the finishing touches on the second phase of the Riverfront Commons in Covington, Kentucky.

May 11, 2021 - WCPO

Redlining Map

Story Mapping the Racism in Planning History

A Story Map created by the Louisville Metro Office of Planning & Design Services offers a detailed, visual presentation of the history of racism and discriminatory in the planning and zoning of the Louisville and Jefferson County.

April 7, 2021 - Louisville Metro Office of Planning & Design Services

West Louisville

Tax Increment Financing District Considered for West Louisville

A prominently Black and low-income neighborhood in Louisville could gain a new tool for spurring local development—the law is intended also to control the effects of gentrification.

February 25, 2021 - Louisville Courier Journal

Lehigh River

The 'Marshall Plan for Middle America' Plans $600 Million in Clean Energy Investments

A coalition of leaders in the Appalachian region recently released the "Marshall Plan for Middle America" to create jobs and transition the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky away from fossil fuels.

November 17, 2020 - StateImpact Pennsylvania

Cincinnati and Covington

Two Bridges Across the Ohio River in Cincinnati Closed on the Same Day

Two of the transportation connections between Ohio and Kentucky in the Cincinnati metropolitan area were closed on the same day, leaving one side of the Ohio River cut off from the other.

November 13, 2020 - WCPO

7th Street Covington

Street Redesign as an Economic Development Tool

The city of Covington in Kentucky is working on street improvements on key downtown streets in the hopes of attracting new business to the area.

November 12, 2020 - City of Covington

Cincinnati Area

New Form-Based Neighborhood Development Code Approved in Covington, Kentucky

Covington, Kentucky, located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, has implemented a fundamental shift in the city's planning philosophy by adopting a new form-based Neighborhood Development Code.

September 29, 2020 - The River City News

Coronavirus COVID-19

The Changing Geography of the Pandemic

During the pandemic's first phase in March and April, the Northeast was devastated by COVID-19. After Memorial Day, the surge was in the South and West. As cases decrease nationwide, they are now spiking in the Midwest, particularly North Dakota.

August 27, 2020 - The Washington Post

Choice Neighborhoods

Lawyers Connect Breonna Taylor's Murder to Choice Neighborhoods Initiative in Louisville

The lawyers for Breonna Taylor accuse police in Louisville of acting on behalf of a redevelopment plan led by the city with funding support from the federal government.

July 14, 2020 - Louisville Courier Journal

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