Mar 062013
 

An East End Small Area Plan update

By Jessi Fehrenbach

The East End Small Area Plan, the initiative co-created and adopted five years ago by city planners and citizens in Lexington’s East End neighborhood, is currently being revisited via a series of open community meetings. At the first meeting we reviewed the Plan, and people were invited to sign up to personally support one of the plan’s thirteen Goals.

At the second meeting, participants worked in groups according to which goal we had signed up to support. Since the organizational flow of the meeting demanded focus on a particular goal, I signed on to support Goal 13: “Create a green and environmentally acceptable neighborhood through the recognition of the interdependence of environmental, economic, and social equity concerns.” It seemed to fit my interests: I am currently working to help remodel a historic home, incorporating permaculture and sustainable values into a co-operative living project in the neighboring Northside neighborhood. I support the consideration of sustainable and environmentally sound principles for developments all over Lexington. Continue reading »

Mar 062013
 

By Sunny Montgomery

The Rollergirls of Central Kentucky’s (ROCK) sixth season is quickly approaching.  Recently, I met with the girls during a weekday roller derby practice—or rather “colder-derby” practice, as ROCK’s Rainbow Smite calls it since the team is currently practicing in the unheated warehouse space of the Bread Box.

It was quite chilly.  I kept my coat buttoned and my scarf tight around my neck as I took a seat against the far wall of the building.  A dozen or so rollergirls did laps around the track, occasionally spinning onto the sidelines to do push-ups.  I scanned the floor for familiar faces, but I recognized only a couple of the skaters.

When I mentioned this later to ROCK’s President, Kitty O’Doom, she told me that she thinks the new faces on the team will be what fans notice most about the upcoming ROCK season, at least at first.  So, in preparation for the pending season, let us meet a few of the newbies!

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Mar 062013
 

The Kentucky Mourning Project

This is a press release/job add from ELandF projects.

ElandFLyndsey-fryman-performance-035WEBThe Kentucky Mourning Project will provide compensation for grieving/praying/singing/careful consideration on the thoughtless and detrimental environmental modifications wrought by ourselves within the area known to us today as the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

ELandF is looking for a Mourner to grieve for the loss of a relatively undisturbed sanctuary/habitat due to our own uncompromising devotion to consumer culture, to apologize to this earth place for our sad/mad lust for items and profit, and to offer up prayers of healing and forgiveness. Continue reading »

Mar 062013
 

A Creatives for Common Sense position paper

Illustration by Christopher Epling.

Illustration by Christopher Epling.

Writing in the February 22 Lexington Herald Leader, columnist Tom Eblen called attention to the clunky Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) moniker employed since the 1970s merger of the city and county. “[D]epending on how you say it,” Tom observes of the abbreviated term, it “sounds either like alphabet soup or an obscenity…How did the government of such a beautiful place end up with such a bureaucratic name?” (What about L-Fudge, Tom? This seems a plausible rendering of the LFUCG term, one that is relatively un-bureaucratic and wonderfully tasty. But we digress…)

In the article and in another follow-up piece, Tom suggests that LFUCG  dump the the FUCG  part (the Fudge, or perhaps the FUCK-G or the Fuckage, depending on pronunciation). In its place, Tom suggests a focus on the “L”: we should refer to our home  simply as “Lexington,” or following former mayor Foster Pettit’s suggestion, the “Community of Lexington.”

As it so happens, the Creatives for Common Sense (CfCS) have been studying this very issue. Over the past two years, the group has been identifying the potential brand opportunities and pitfalls of the term “Lexington” while also seeking out new local-first brand identities. Based on our own studies, we agree with Lexington Forum president Winn Stephens, cited in Tom’s follow-up article, that “[n]obody with any marketing or public relations savvy would come up with a moniker like LFUCG.” Continue reading »

Mar 062013
 

The leek: a satirical take

By Horace Heller Hedley, IV

Breaking new ground in the movement to give corporations the same rights as people, the state of Texas has become the first to impose the death penalty on a corporation. On midnight of February 1, Lone Star Diesel and Fixins’ had its Articles of Incorporation blown to pieces by shotgun fire, in the first known state-sanctioned execution of a non-human entity.

Illustration by Christopher Epling.

Illustration by Christopher Epling.

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