Vogue, Trip Advisor and others are touting Lexington as a tourist destination. This is a big deal for economic development, because people don’t just want to visit beautiful, interesting and fun places — they want to live in them, too.
Artist Edward Melcarth, largely forgotten since he died in 1973, is rediscovered in two new shows in Kentucky, his home state at the University of Kentucky Art Museum and Institute 193. Hailed by Time magazine in 1950 as one of America’s most promising young artists, his patrons and friends included Malcolm Forbes, Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams and Peggy Guggenheim.
Chicago photographer Helen Balfour Morrison photographed Central Kentucky’s rural black communities in the 1930s and 1940s, but didn’t record many names or other details. Historians hope two local exhibits of those long-forgotten photos will provide some of the answers.
Sexual harassment scandal has become a battleground for Republican factions, distracting the General Assembly from important work. Meanwhile, lawmakers have proposed some good and bad bills that shouldn’t be ignored.
With Lexington’s historic public square swept clean of monuments, it’s time for a public discussion about what should replace them. Artists, historian, activist share their thoughts about public art and historical memory.
Faced with a risky deal that would have destroyed the rural character of a corner of Bourbon County, magistrates rejected a plan to build a runway and industrial park near Bluegrass Station. What will Lockheed Martin do now? What other economic development options are there for Bourbon County?
Plan was unveiled last week with claims that runway and industrial park could create 3,500 jobs by 2027. But opponents said big promises didn’t justify county buying 2,500 acres of Bourbon County farmland, likely through condemnation.
Woman’s death on Richmond Road highlights the lack of crosswalks on 11-block stretch through some of Lexington’s most-populated in-town neighborhoods. City officials are working to take over more such state roads and make them safer.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray thinks U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is vulnerable to backlash against President Donald Trump and the Republican agenda. By not seeking a third term, Gray throws the Lexington mayor’s race wide open.
Ozzy Osbourne’s TV show, “Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour,” visited Transylvania University’s bizarre medical museum, which has a giant hairball, mystery meat from the sky, antique instruments and mummified body parts.
It is hard to imagine now, but the Red River Gorge, a natural and archaeological wonder that has become one of the region’s most popular hiking and rock-climbing destinations, was almost flooded for a lake. U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas came to Kentucky 50 years ago to help the Sierra Club stop a proposed dam that would have flooded Red River Gorge.
Piramal Pharma Solutions has more than doubled its $30 million investment in Lexington in two years, and will soon double its work force from 100 to 200. Most of those jobs are for high-paid scientists and technicians.
A proposed land swap gives Lexington 200 acres of prime economic development land, and the University of Kentucky control of most streets its campus surrounds. While the deal needs scrutiny, it seems to be in the best interests of both — and Kentucky’s economy.