Jun 242010

Dear Danny,

Many thanks to you and Julie for letting my wife and I stay at your house. I am writing to ask your help in settling some old accounts.

As you know, around mid-April, my good friend Gorttimer T. Spotts and I began laying bets on your downtown Lexington Trolley Lines. The games first started at Taste of Thai when Spotts and I, while on a dinner-date with our wives, began laying odds on the over/under for passengers riding by on your city’s rugged COLT faux trolley busses. This being within the first weeks of the COLT line’s opening, it soon became apparent to the both of us that anything other than the under on any passenger line was a loser. Continue reading »

Jun 242010

Big Brother, can you spare a trolley?

It’s a very cool thing!

Mayor Jim Newberry

If you want to see the nexus between spend-happy government, liberal urban boosterism, and misplaced priorities, look no further than COLT, the newest addition to the Lexington public transit bus fleet: two fake trolley cars and three hybrid fake trolley cars patrolling the inner downtown between Transy and UK from 11:30-2:00 weekdays and from 6:00-1:00 or 3:00 A.M. Thursdays-Saturdays.

COLT is what you get when too many people go to too many cities and return home, raging, with too many good ideas and all heck to pay. Downtown development? Check. Feel good public transportation? Check. Strong whiffs of environmentalism? Check. Public/private partnerships? Check. Grant funding? Check. Old-money nostalgia? Check. The project is only just short of scoring a perfect 100 on the Richard Florida Creative Class Solutions scale.

So why the hell doesn’t it work? Continue reading »

Jun 232010

By Troy Lyle

If you weren’t at the Lexington Ice Center this past Saturday you missed the hottest show in town. Literally! With temperatures indoors reaching well into the 80s, a sold out crowd of 500 plus sizzled with anticipation as the Rollergirls of Central Kentucky (ROCK) took the floor for their home opener. Their mission was simple. Put on one hell of a show and let Lexington and all of Kentucky know who rules the rink.

Their opponent for the evening, the Vette City Vixens (VCV), a young league named for the Corvette factory in their home town of Bowling Green, were hoping to play spoiler. They too eyed the prize of state bragging rights and desperately wanted to prove that though new to the sport, they knew a thing or two about winning roller derby. Continue reading »

Jun 232010

His & her tourney provides rare chance for sexes to compete together

By Troy Lyle

Having fun is a concept seemingly lost in modern sports where winning trumps sportsmanship and losing is simply unacceptable. But fun was exactly the reason for the 3rd annual Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation (WCCPR) His & Her Doubles Tournament sponsored by the Bluegrass Disc Golf Association (BDGA).

For the 16 teams of two that participated at the Ironworks Hill course in Winchester on Saturday, June 12, fun wasn’t the only reason for the tournament’s format. The alternate shot setup provided a rare chance for girls and guys to play and compete together. Continue reading »

Jun 232010

Building a basil economy

By Danny Mayer

Along with the downtown Farmer’s Market, which I patronize through all four seasons, I do most of my grocery shopping at Wine+Market (W+M), a shop located on the corner of Jefferson and Second Streets in one of Lexington’s oldest (and priciest) city neighborhoods. When I tell people this, I’m often met with measured skepticism. Compared to other grocery stores, W+M seems both too small—I’d guess it’s about 2% the size of a place like the Euclid Kroger—and too pricey to function well as a grocery store. Shopping there is a good idea, most observe, but not a particularly practical model for everyone.

Of course, most people I encounter do not give much consideration to the idea that any modern day shopper could get by on a daily basis using a small market store as one’s primary grocery outlet. Even for those who have considered such things, the assumption is often that shopping at such markets is not affordable. In the case of W+M, it is assumed that most patrons who use the store simply buy expensive wines, cheese, and lunchtime deli sandwiches. To my students, who comprise a healthy community college mixture of ages and world-views rooted in the middle and working poor classes, shopping at W+M inevitably classes me as “someone who could afford to eat at that type of place.” Others, my foodie friends who are vaguely aware of my community college salary (a stable though perhaps not outrageous $38,000 a year), are skeptical the other way around: they wonder whether I realistically could afford to shop regularly at such a place as W+M—no matter my idealistic reasons for doing so—on my take-home pay. Continue reading »

Jun 232010

Neighbors organize to have E. Loudon repair continued

NoC News

“It looks like 1930 out there.”

Captain Commanokers

Busted curb and deep ruts on E. Loudon Avenue median

This comment, tinged with frustration, came from a small business owner on E. Loudon Avenue. He’s right: E. Loudon from Shropshire Avenue to N. Limestone really does look that bad.

Unfortunately, it could be well after 2030 before the city undertakes the complete overhaul this section of E. Loudon desperately needs.

Concerned neighbors found this out at a March meeting convened by District 1 councilmember Andrea James. At that meeting, one city official informed area residents and business owners that it could be 40 years before this section of E. Loudon is renovated. To drive his point home (and maybe to protect himself from projectiles thrown by an angry audience), the official presented a tremendously large posterboard spreadsheet (in this reporter’s memory it was about the size of an office desk) showing just how far down the list the E. Loudon project was. Continue reading »

Jun 232010

Up in Smoke? No shit? Really?

It’s nice to see that the Kentucky DEA and State Patrol (SP) are developing a sense of humor about naming their marijuana eradication efforts with a nod to the pot-culture classic from Cheech and Chong. Kudos, coppers! Finally, you serious dudes in, uh, camouflage, are seeing your “supplementary” employment for the joke that it really is (or at least for the billion dollar pun that it really is now). But I write this more as good-citizen dialogue than diatribe: DEA/KSP, please be careful! Some may see your nod to pot-culture as a not-so-subtle attack on popular Latino pastimes. Or maybe even racial profiling. You might consider a name-change, in which case you’ll also want to avoid “Operation Friday.” All young African Americans do not live in East L.A. and spend their waking hours baking. Continue reading »

Jun 232010

Wednesday, July 7

Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

The Green Lantern 497 W. Third St. $5. Doors @ 9:00 P.M. 21+

Getting tagged as Americana, or anything for that matter, can be so limiting. People love to compartmentalize with their Sirius stations and Pandora paths. So, if you are an Americana band, I guess you have songwriting upfront with some elements of country-tinged instrumentation or twang in the delivery? Continue reading »

Jun 232010

North of Center needs a new editor for its Music page effective July 15.  After helming the post for 13 months or so, I can tell you that it’s a sweet gig even if the pay is, well, non-existent.  Your responsibilities are to produce roughly 2,000 words of content every two weeks.

There are lots of writers who have expressed interest in contributing to the paper and dozens have already done so.  As North of Center grows, it’s safe to assume more writers will come forth seeking to add to the Music page, making the Music Editor’s position an influential and enviable one.

I’ve cherished being a part of North of Center and will miss it dearly.  My editorial colleagues have become a group of great friends whose company (and content) I’ve enjoyed since day one.

As a note to you, reader: you are an instrumental part of this paper’s future.  Thanks for picking us up, hearing us out, and spreading the word.  I’m confident that the contributors to this publication will continue providing reason to do so.

To apply for the position of Music Editor, contact publisher Danny Mayer at mayer.danny@gmail.com.–Nick Kidd