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25 Apr 100 Ideas for the Fourth Street Corridor

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How can Louisville create an identity for, improve connections between, and foster desired development along the diverse districts of the Fourth Street corridor?

In late 2012, Louisville’s Fourth Street Corridor was identified as the study area for ULI’s Daniel Rose Fellowship land use challenge. Historically, Fourth Street served as Louisville’s north-south commercial spine; connecting dense retail/entertainment venues, with insitutions, residences, and workplaces along a bustling streetcar corridor. This approximately four-mile stretch now traverses four distinct districts that pose their own unique opportunitieis and challenges. The Louisville Rose Fellowship team considered ideas for improving connections between, and fostering desired development and programming along the diverse districts of the Fourth Street corridor. Some of the broad themes that cam up in the analysis included:

• Reestablishing strong retail uses
• Catalyzing dense, mixed-use development
• Promoting physical ties between the educational institutions
• Reinvigorating the Fourth and Oak commercial corridor
• Connecting the South Central neighborhood to UofL development
• Strengthening the identity and connectivity of the entire corridor through urban design and consider transportation improvements, such as a streetcar route.

In early 2014 the University of Louisville’s Master of Urban Planning Capstone students were tasked with developing catalytic ideas in support of the broad themes of the Louisville Rose Fellows. Through semester-long exploration of the corridor, the students generated 100 ideas to reinvigorate the corridor that are meant to serve as a starting point for comunity discussion and foster the development of even more ideas that could provide implementable initiatives to start activating the area now. In addition to the 100 Ideas, five “Featured Ideas” were selected to develop further.

View the website here and add your comments and thoughts to begin moving the discussion towards implementation and regeneration of a historically prominent corridor in Louisville today.