Moslty safe and nice people
Louisville is a medium-size city of about a million people if you include the whole county. Like any decent size city there is going to be bad neighborhoods and good neighborhoods. I lived there for 20 years and generlaly felt safe most places. I read a couple of reviews regarding the west end and yes, during the day the west end is not too bad. HOWEVER, and speaking from personal experience, DO NOT venture past 8th st at night. The west end has a lot of pockets where heavy drug dealing takes place and at night, people get all the more crazier. Downtown is fairly safe but the campus area can get seedy at night, not bad just seedy. East downtown along floyd street and east broadway can be seedy during the day and definitely questionable at night. You will see people hanging around on street corners (they are not socializing) around what use to be shephard square. They tried to rebuild that area to make it look better but all it is now is high-class projects. Most of the east end is like disney land, have no fear. The only exception may be murphy lane and post grove. I lived there for a few years and there were several murders down the street. The South end is mosly ok with more of a blue collar working-class feel to it. If you go too far down dixie highway you'll see random hotels with rooms burned out. Those are former Meth labs. To sum everything up, just know your surroundings and and stay safe. Most of the city is very safe except for those pockets and the people are very friendly.
Here are a few helpful tips to promote your experience-
1. DO NOT tail people while driving in Louisville. It isn't California, you WILL be brake-checked and cursed out vigorously.
2. Never pronounce the "S" in Louisville. Mostly everyone is nice to visiters but they cringe when they hear someone pronounce Louisville like Lewisville. FYI, it is pronounced locally as: Lew-a-vul.
3. The Sherman Minton bridge is closed so if you are going over to visit Southern Indiana for whatever odd reason, expect to wait in traffic on I-65 for a long time.
4. If you are a bar-hopper, there is much more to the city than 4th street. Try St. Matthews or Bardstown rd.
5. Nevermind the college sports rivalry there between Louisville and Kentucky. Like any regional sports rivalry, they are fanatics about it while everyone else in the country could care less. Just don't diss anybody's team and you will stay safe.
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Speed Art Museum
The Speed Art Museum on the University of Louisville's campus is the oldest and largest art museum in Kentucky. I was interested in the collection because it includes paintings by Kentucky artists and my husband owns such a painting.
HOWEVER, there is apparently NO CATALOG of the art in the museum. This is an EXTREMELY serious flaw. I asked the girl at the admissions desk to tell me where a painting was located (which I knew was there because it was on their website), and she had no idea.
The website said:
CARL CHRISTIAN BRENNER
Oil on canvas
Bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth M. Gray 1958.24
Born in Germany, Carl Christian Brenner immigrated to the United States in 1853, living first in New Orleans before settling in Louisville. Considered Kentucky’s greatest artist during his lifetime, Brenner was a member of a group of Louisville painters known as Tonalists, whose use of muted color evoked mood...
Primarily a landscape artist, Brenner often painted stands of trees he observed in Cherokee Park or along River Road on the south bank of the Ohio River. While Brenner painted in his studio, he also painted outdoors, even in the coldest weather. He devised a portable hut with windows, which allowed him to paint outside in winter for extended periods of time.
The second problem is that the museum is sometimes closed without warning - the first time we tried to go, it was closed so they could set up for some kind of big reception the next day.
They gave me a camera pass, and then told me that I could not take any pictures on the ground floor where the permanent collection is housed. There was also a picture there by Brenner's son, and I was a good girl and didn't take a picture of it. But then later when I went into the shop on the premises, they didn't have any information at all on Brenner. No postcards or pictures or books or any information at all on KY artists.
No one ever asked for the camera pass.
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depends where you are
Like any other large city, the amount of risk or safety you have depends where you are in the city. Some cities publish a crime map; I could not locate one for Louisville.
I was able to find some crime statistics for Louisville based on zipcodes.
It showed that a few places around the outer parts of the city were less of a risk than an average large city but that there were many areas within the heart of the city that had risk values substantially higher than average.
Do the smart thing and check with the hotel staff or travel agent to determine which areas to avoid, especially at night. In general you should remember to lock your doors (car and motel room), keep an eye on the kids and put valuables in the motel lockbox or out of sight in the trunk of the car.
Be smart, Be safe.
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Driving Rules for Louisville, er loo-ah-vull
1. You must learn to pronounce the city name. It is pronounced "LOO-ah-vull" but you won't find it spelled that way except on a t-shirt at the Louisville International Airport.
2. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Louisville has its own version of traffic rules-the truck with the loudest exhaust goes next at a four-way stop. The truck wth the biggest tires goes after that.(Note:Blue haired ladies driving anything have the right of way anytime.)
3. To find anything in Loo-ah-vull it is required that you know where the "Old Sears Building" is, the Alpha and Omega-the begining and the end.
4. The morning rush hour is from 6:00 to 10:00. The evening rush hour is from 3:00 to 7:00. Friday's rush hour starts Thursday morning.
5. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended, cussed out and possibly shot
6. You must know that Jefferson Freeway, Gene Snyder Freeway, I 265 and 841
are all the same road.
7. Construction is a permanent fixture in Loo-ah-vull. The barrels are moved around in the middle of the night to make the next day's drive a bit more exciting.
8.Watch very carefully for road hazards such as pot holes, cones, barrels, pieces of other cars, cows horses, cats, opossum, squirrels, rabbits, and crows or vultures feeding on these items.
9. If someone has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been "accidentally activated".
10. The minimum speed on the Gene Snyder (see above) is 85 mph. Anything less is considered sissy. This is Kentucky's version of NASCAR.
11. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously.
12. If you are in the left lane and only going 70 in a 55 zone- you are considered a road hazard and will be flipped off accordingly.
13. Ground clearance of at least 12 inches is recommended for city driving.
14. If it is 100 degrees, Thanksgiving must be next weekend.
15. If it is 10 degrees and sleeting/snowing, the Kentucky Derby Festival is going on
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LADIES: GET READY FOR THAT KY STUPIDITY
The most disturbing thing about this town is the low IQ everywhere of the men in this entire state.
They are arrogant village idiots who think they are superior in every way.
This will become extremely irritating after a while, and if you look closley, you'll notice they all LOOK the same----buzz cuts, dumb accents, no imagination and all very insecure. Not a place for hooking up or regular dating--you'll slash your wrists!
Kentucky fried chicken or crack
If you come to louisville make sure you dont goto the west end...there are kentucky fried chicken stands on every corner and crack dealers..the west end is where 99 percent of murders and rapes happen..its kinda like the harlem of the mid west,,so if your white and go past 8th street run the stop signs and dontstop..if the police pull you over they will tell you todo the same...almost everyone in the west end are high on crack cocaine its worse than DC...hey im a brother and i dont go down there at night....
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Re: Fear of a Black face
I think the lady who wrote the "Fear of a Black face" post is right about some people making judgments based on the predominant race of a neighborhood.
My reason for saying this is that I see many posts saying stuff like "Beware the west side." However, the same people who write these posts usually end up saying "Well, I've never had any bad experiences there myself, but I just get a bad feeling about the area, hint, hint. They're moving in, hint, hint." Whatever.
Anyway, I'm White...and I've walked ON FOOT down most of Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Chestnut Street, both on the west side. I have walked ON FOOT through Sheppard Square and Clarksdale Terrace, two very poor housing projects on the near east side. I have also walked past Dosker Manor (high rise project on the near east side) and Beecher Terrace and Park Hill (two projects on the west side). I've walked on foot through various neighborhoods including Russell, Smoketown, and Shawnee. Only three people down there asked me for money, and all were polite after my response except for another White guy who screamed profanity when I didn't give him money. A Black woman at Clarksdale Terrace even offered me cookies.
So yeah, walking on foot through even the very poorest neighborhoods of Louisville (Can you tell I don't currently have a car? lol) gave me no problem, at least not in the daytime. If somebody wishes to post warnings about a so-called "bad" neighborhood, that's fine, but they should at least contain some slight modicum of truth. The city of Louisville, with only occasional exceptions, seems fairly safe.
Louisville like any big city has a bad section. We experienced this in the truck and not on foot, thankfully. If starting at the river and moving away on 4th street, turn left and after about 6 blocks you will be entering an area of the city that as a tourist you would do better to avoid.
I have had no problem with the homeless in town, but they do crop up on street corners begging. While this is a practice seen around the world, giving money only serves to promote their way of life. Many of them are incapable of securing jobs due to mental illness, but I think even more of them are capable. Guilt or pity? No. There is ample opportunity, especially in this country, and the few homeless people I've spoken to were all capable enough, and even had enough money, but they couldn't keep a job, couldn't follow a few basic rules at the shelter, and didn't seem interested in putting forth much effort to better their own lives. So, don't give handouts of money. Give food, clothing, and so on, or g ive money to the shelters, not to the people on the street.
Beware the west end of...
Beware the west end of Louisville. Well, honestly, I've been down there a many times and have had no problem, but it is the rougher side of town. I have driven down there in a beat-up van wearing torn camo... I almost expected to have people giving me handouts... Probably not the best idea to go there in your nice convertible, but mainly just keep an open eye. It's not a ghetto like you'd find in New York or Chicago, but it has its moments.
Greyhound travelers: dont head west of depot
Louisville is quite dirty and unsafe.
Greyhound station is in downtown Louisville, but head west and there are many projects.
Since I didnt want greyhound food I decided too venture around downtown and get something too eat and everything was closed so I kept walking at around 10th and market found a soul food place and it was excellent but people were telling me too call a cab it was so dangerous.
best tip: eat at a rest stop, Louisville doesnt have anything too offer as far as food downtown
Well, before all this got...
Well, before all this got erased, I had a tip on police and where they like to hide.
On the down-angle of many of the hills, under bridges, especially near Breckenridge Lane and Newburg.
Heading south, just past the Anchorage Exit, they sometimes sit in the center just beyond the bridge. A bit father down, there's at times a cop hiding under the Old Henry Road bridge.
Cars to look for:
Besides the regualr patrol cars, photo below, there are undercover cars as well. Be on the lookout for any color (usually white) Ford Crown Victorias, dark windows, external spotlight on the driver's side. Also, there are a few Chevy Camero's out there, one green one, dark tinted windows, one white one, I think #148, has a Louisville Police symbol on the doors.
Louisville can be a generally...
Louisville can be a generally safe city. It has all the inherent dangers, though, that any large city has. Personally, I would avoid the West end of town (like, when the street numbers starting getting above 20th), but just use your discretion. There was an article today in the paper that was saying they seem to get a bad rap in Portland, when really they're just a close-knit community with a lot of heritage. Could be, I don't know. It just seems like most of the serious crimes this city has had, have taken place in that area.
If you carry Krispy Kreme...
If you carry Krispy Kreme donuts (apparently a cult donut brand in US) through airport security, you will find that it'll cause delays.
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