The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation

Volume 25, Issue 1

January 2003


Officers and OLIC Board

Members Elected

The following individuals were elected 2003 OLNC/OLIC officers at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council meeting in December:

Chair: John Sistarenik
Vice-Chair: Joan Stewart
Secretary: Jan Morris
Treasurer: Bob Gossman

The following individuals were elected as members of 2003 Old Louisville Information Center Board:

Bill Casey
Gary Kleier
Mary Martin
Debbie Powers
Bobby Simpson

A rose by any other name ......

Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Newsletter/Old Louisville Information Center Newsletter/The Old Louisville Journal Celebrates Its Silver Anniversary.

2003 marks the 25th anniversary of publication of an Old Louisville newsletter. Although the name has changed over the years, the newsletter has been the paper of record, more or less, for the people, issues, and events that have occurred in the neighborhood since 1978.

Starting as a hand-typed, mimeographed four-page hand-out, the newsletter, now named The Old Louisville Journal, currently has a circulation of approximately 800 and in addition to Old Louisville Neighborhood Council members, counts among its readers local government officials, and media organizations, as well as friends and former residents around the nation.

To celebrate the anniversary, The Old Louisville Journal, will reprint articles or excerpts of articles from the past 25 years each month of this year.

The article below first appeared in the August 1, 1978, issue of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Newsletter, as it was then known.

A Couple of Cases With Classic Qualities

(One) case involves Tony Maier's proposal for building a shopping center on the land at Sixth and Hill.

Last February, when Maier brought his proposal before the public, people were overflowing with misgivings. The drawings looked like more of the same no-design suburban thing. How did that fit in the revitalization of Old Louisville? And exactly what stores and shops were going to be in the place? Maier seemed vague about all that.

But he stuck with it. He hired himself an architect with sense and sensibility and came back before the Old Louisville Steering Committee in the late spring with new architectural renderings and more specific answers about what and where. Maier brought his updated version of his proposal before the Steering committee and then before the total neighborhood at the June 27th meeting at the Fourth Avenue Methodist Church.

The consultants from Miller, Wihry and Lee, while in no way sponsoring Tony Maier's project, had said through their Land Use study that they felt a shopping center at Sixth and Hill would be a good thing for Old Louisville. Community research they had done indicated that there was neighborhood demand for quality places to shop and eat.

It was true that the Belgravia Court Block Association was publicly and strongly against a shopping center there, and they are about as close to Sixth and Hill as you could get without a 6th or Hill address. On the other hand, the St. James Court block Association—a group running right through the middle of Belgravia Court—was nearly one hundred percent behind having a shopping center next door to them…

And most people in Old Louisville we heard speaking out on the subject seemed to be of the St. James Court mind. So it seemed that Tony Maier had the majority of Old Louisville people supporting him and his shopping center project.

Then in a meeting not advertised in Old Louisville by anybody, the Urban Renewal Commission agreed to sell the land at 6th and Hill to Maier. This news became public when the Tuesday newspapers came out. And to make matters as bad as they could be, the newspapers suggested that the neighborhood sponsored the Maier project.

And when the Old Louisville Steering Committee, a working committee of forty people, met that Tuesday night to have its third discussion of Land Use and Traffic in Old Louisville, people were very upset. They felt used and sold out.

You see what has happened was they they felt they had some important say about the present and the future of their neighborhood. They felt that all the work they were putting in had some real meaning. They felt that the recommendations they would be making to the total neighborhood on August 22 would be recommendations which the entire neighborhood would vote on at that public meeting and that there would be real force in the decisions that people would come to at that public meeting…

It looked now to them as if the Urban Renewal Commission and Tony Maier were saying to the people of Old Louisville, "Go ahead and have your meetings if they give you satisfaction, but we'll make our decisions about what happens whether your like them or not…"

It's one thing for the people of a neighborhood to have real power and control. It's a completely different thing for the people of a neighborhood to have only the semblance of power and control.

And that difference is something that the people of Old Louisville have to discuss with the Urban Renewal Commission, Tony Maier, Hesco, and others.

Town Meeting to Explore sg@5b.yes

sg@5b.yes (Smart Growth at 5th and Breckinridge) has become the rallying cry for a group of Limerick area residents who oppose the construction of a new Kroger, including 24-hour gas pumps, at the old Cunningham's restaurant site on Breckinridge between 5th and 6th Streets. The group, known as the Neighbors of Limerick Area (NOLA), and the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property Improvement Committee will sponsor an Informational Town Meeting on Saturday, January 11, 2003, at 10AM at the Old Louisville Information Center to explore smart growth alternatives for the site which is currently zoned R-7, residential.

Community design experts, urban planners, city officials, and developers will present their dreams, plans, and ideas about development in the area. With formal presentations, exhibits, and open discussion, they will demonstrate how smart growth can stabilize and protect the urban residential character of the area.

At its November board meeting, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council approved a motion by a vote of 10 to 1 to oppose the construction of a Kroger store in the block bounded by 6th, Breckinridge, 5th, and Garland Streets. The motion encourages, supports and endorses the efforts to develop affordable housing in the area. It encourages the construction of a new Kroger at its present 2nd Street site.

Old Louisville Holiday House Tour: A Big Success

In spite of less than desirable weather, the Old Louisville Holiday House Tour was a success. The Tour this year featured 6 homes and two museums capturing the varied architectural styles so readily visible in our Old Louisville Neighborhood. Without the hospitality of Jim Hutchins, Pat Madden and Reggie Powell, the Troy Burden Family, Nancy Hinchliff, Jeff and Margie Schooler, Sharon and Rick Scott, along with the curators of the Conrad-Caldwell House and the Brennan House, the Tour would not have been as wonderful as it was. For all the work these residents went through to make this year's Tour happen ... THANK YOU…THANK YOU …THANK YOU. Your willingness to open your homes to many hundreds of people…is much appreciated.

This Tour would not have been possible without the VOLUNTEERS who made it happen. A very special THANK YOU goes to Scott Horner (the brochure…wasn't it beautiful!!!!), Diane Glaser-Kleier, Penny Johnson, Madonna ,Rhonda Williams, Sandy McCann, (the Gift Boutique…magnificent!!!!!!!!!!), Paula Grover, John Sistarenik, Peggy Cummins, Zane Lockhart, Frank Roney, Mary Martin, Bob Gossman, Ed Turley, Deb Riall, and Jim Trousdale. These wonderful people sat through many hours of meetings, worked diligently for months,and devoted a major part of their waking hours to insure the success of Tour 2002. There are no words to adequately thank them for their tireless efforts. A big thanks to Erika Rogers for all her work at processing ticket sales.

This Tour was blessed with support in the form of SPONSORS Treyton Oak Towers, Michael Mawood, Alderman George Unseld and the City of Louisville, Mary Martin, Raindogs Hair Salon, Kleier Associates Architects, HBH Insurance Group, Doug Wilson, Associated Foods, Wallace Studio, and OLBPA. Without their generosity it would have been most difficult to have VANS, YARD SIGNS, PICTURES, LINE DRAWINGS, and a host of other necessary "things" to make the Tour happen. A huge THANK YOU goes to these SPONSORS for the HOUSE TOUR 2002.

The Taste of Old Louisville consisted of the following establishments: Third Avenue Café, The Corner Market and Café, Ermin's, The Rudyard Kipling, Granville Inn, Gallery House, and Downtown New Orleans. Good food was enjoyed by neighborhood residents and visitors …THANK YOU for participating.

THANK YOU to those residents and friends of OLD LOUISVILLE who volunteered their time in the homes on the tour, driving the vans, working in the Gift Boutique, selling tickets, shoveling snow, and numerous other tasks necessary to showcase our Neighborhood with this ANNUAL EVENT. The proceeds from the TOUR help make it possible for the Information Center to be present in our Neighborhood.

A final THANK YOU to a group of people who helped with the Tour…our own Fifth District Police Officers…Major Asseff, Officer Long, and Officer Sweeney for coordinating the Horse Patrol, Bike Patrol and the Beat Officers help with the TOUR. THANK YOU..... THANK YOU ....THANK YOU

Joan Stewart
Old Louisville Holiday House Tour Committee Chair

Jim Trousdale and Peggy Cummins on guard at the command post.

Zane Lockhart, Santa's helper and the head of the house tour command center, waits to board passengers on one of the six vans available during the house tour.

Madonna Wilson, chair of the Holiday Gift Boutique, examines one of the many items for sale. Rhonda Williams and Sandy McCann also helped to make the boutique a success.

Eleven years and counting…

Chicago-Area Couple Are Holiday House Tour Regulars

Eugene and Mary Silver of Oak Park, Illinois, celebrate their wedding anniversary (January 1) early each year by attending the Old Louisville Holiday House Tour. Eugene is a sociology professor at Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois; Mary is a purchasing agent for a hospital.

The couple first attended in 1992, the year before their marriage, after finding out about the tour in the magazine, Southern Accents.

The Silvers were the special guests of the Holiday House Tour Committee this year. They viewed the tour homes on both Saturday and Sunday, shopped the Gift Boutique, and were guests for lunch at the Third Avenue Café.

In addition to the old Southern flavor of the homes, they love the hospitality and pleasantness of people in the neighborhood and city.

They stay at the Seelbach Hotel each year and were planning to make their reservations for December, 2003, before they left town.

Join the
University Club

Residents of Old Louisville are invited to join the University Club on the UofL Belknap campus to use its dining and banquet facilities

Membership is open to persons with connections to the University of Louisville

(graduates with degrees or certificates; full-time, part-time, gratis, or retired faculty, administrators, or staff; visiting faculty, adopted alumni, postdoctoral scholars,
trustees or overseers, honorary degree or Grawemeyer Awardees,
or surviving spouses of any of the above).

Initial and monthly fees may be discussed with Linda Johnson at (502) 852-6996 or 

The Club improves the quality of life for all its members, providing a convenient neighborhood venue for its special activities, lunch and dinner throughout the year. 


OLB&PA Newsletter
Old Louisville Business & Professional Association

2003 -- Here we go into a New Year. OLBPA has new Bylaws, new Articles of Inc. and new Officers. At our December 11 Holiday Party/Meeting the following Officers were elected; Alan Bird - President, Nick Sachs - Vice President, Gary Kleier - Treasurer, Deb Riall - Secretary. You can view all the information on; and you can contact Alan on, or 212-7500 if you have questions.

What's Happening

There are lots of exciting things happening in Old Louisville, and OLBPA is proud to be in the middle that excitement. As the business voice for Old Louisville, it is more important now, than ever that you join with your fellow businesses in making sure we move forward in creating a dynamic, and profitable, business environment in the Old Louisville community. The City-County merger is making the way things happened in the past.... Obsolete. So we are going to make sure that changes in local government, that affect area businesses are brought to the attention of our members as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Here are some of the things planned for 2003.

February - How the new " Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District" (TNZD) effects area Businesses.

May - Release of the online, and in-print, " Old Louisville Business Directory"

August - Tourism.... Kick off of the promotional campaign for Old Louisville businesses.

November - Unveiling of the Old Louisville Community Development Corporation ( OLCDC ).

Don't miss out being included in all of the events, directories and promotions that the upcoming year has in store for members. For further information visit; and

above: The December meeting of 
OLB&PA was attended by many. 
All businesses are invited to join the association.

Ballet Master Class at the
Louisville Free Public Library

Join professional ballet dancers and members of the Louisville Ballet for a rare public glimpse into a Ballet Master Class on Thursday, January 16, at 7PM at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 4th and York Streets.

Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Simpson will lead professional dancers through intricate dance maneuvers and help the dancers polish their technique.

There will be two subsequent Louisville Ballet at the Library presentations: Fifty Years of Ballet in Louisville on February 27 and Director's Choice on April 3.

Tickets are free for the presentations. For ticket information call 574-1644


Mayor David Arnstrong and Herb Fink, chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property Improvement Committee, cut the ribbon opening the long-awaited (37 years) Ninth Street Extension in a December 9 ceremony at Ninth and Kentucky. Alderman George Unseld stands behind the Mayor.




Attention Neighborhood Association

Presidents and Chairs:

Please submit an updated list of officers and members to the Old Louisville Information Center as soon as possible.

Also include meeting dates for your association for publication in the monthly calender of The Old Louisville Journal.

Please remit 2003 dues of $25 to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.

Matching Grant Funds Have Been Raised

We did it! $15,000 has been raised to match the same amount from Metro Parks for Central Park improvements.  $30,000 will now be available for the purchase and installation of new park benches and trash containers.

Thanks to the following groups and individuals who made this possible:

  • Vernon Cook

  • Beverly-Ann England

  • Derby City Walkers

  • Rita Mader

  • Beverly Miller

  • Old Louisville Business and Professional Association

  • Ouerbacker Arts and Crafts

  • Andy Perry and John Sistarenik

  • Second Street Neighborhood Association

  • St. James Court Association

  • Gina Schack

  • Treyton Oak Towers

  • Ann and Hank Triplett

  • Herb and Gayle Warren/ Dupont Mansion Bed and Breakfast

  • Thomas and Nancy Woodcock

  • Mel and Jean Young

  • Third Street Neighborhood Association

  • 1300 South Third Street Association

  • Garvin Gate Association

  • Michael and Rhonda Williams

  • Fourth Street Association

  • Old Louisville Information Center

Cook’s Corner

What is it about a snowstorm that sends us all to the grocery store? Shelves that were well stocked with milk and bread can get emptied in a manner of minutes after the first "Storm Team!" broadcasts. On Wednesday, December 4 we got our first taste of snowy weather here in Louisville. Schools would close in the next days, wreaking havoc on those of us trying to finish up our semesters but giving the kids their hearts’ desire "snow days!"

I left the office early on that Wednesday with huge stacks of papers to grade. I still had some "turkey carcass soup" in the fridge but my taste was in the post Thanksgiving mode of ABT (anything but turkey) and so instead of turning right toward my house, I turned left into Winn Dixie.

I wasn’t sure what kind of soup I wanted to fix, I just knew I wanted soup. I headed straight for the meat display because cold weather soup needs serious protein. In the meat department I saw these humongous packages of pork neck bones that appeared to have ample amounts of meat still attached. My brain started clicking and my mouth started watering: KAPUSCHKI!

After I slid home with the groceries I found that I was out of fresh potatoes! Winter soup cries out for starch and the frozen hash browns from my freezer worked great. I was able to finish off some leftover white wine as well as the apple juice box not used during the recent visit of my


I have always found that if you want to tap into the best food a culture can offer, look to its comfort food. When someone tells you what their mother made for them when they weren’t feeling well or served the kids after their long day of throwing snowballs, you know it’s that cuisine at its finest. Kapuscki is a pork and sauerkraut soup that I have heard about from many of my friends from Eastern European backgrounds. If it can warm them up from Moscow to Kiev, this soup suits a January cold snap here in Old Louisville.

  • 3-5 pound package of pork neck bones

  • garlic to taste (I like a lot of garlic with pork)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 or 3 bay leaves

  • 1 large onion chopped coarsely (more if you like it oniony)

  • 2 cups frozen hash brown potatoes

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup of dry white wine

  • 1/2 cup apple juice

  • 1 large can (3-4 cups) diced tomatoes

  • 1 bag sauerkraut (rinsed, drained, and squeezed dry)

Spread the chopped onion over the bottom of a large roasting pan. Arrange the pork in a single layer over the onion. Season with salt and pepper and garlic to taste. Watch the salt at this point since there is broth later in the recipe which can be salty. Place in a 350 degree oven for one hour, or until pork meat and bones are well browned. Remove from oven and place the pork in a large soup pot. Remove most of the fat from the pan leaving the brown bits and marrow as well as the roasted onions in the pan. Place on medium high stove burner

and deglaze the pan with the wine and apple juice.

Put the pork in the soup pot add all the remaining ingredients and all the contents of the roasting pan deglazing. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. In 30 minutes or so remove the pork, trying to retrieve all the bones, and place on platter to cool. Remove the meat from the bones in bite sized chunks and return the meat to the simmering soup.

Adjust seasoning to taste.

To serve, garnish with sour cream and have plenty of good hearty bread alongside.

Peggy Cummins





January 2003










Happy New Year





Ouerbacker, 7PM

Conversation Cafe at Third Avenue Cafe



Informational Town Meeting 10AM at OLIC



St. James, 7 PM@ Haskins Hall


Toonerville 7PM

February Newsletter Deadline



Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Central Park West @ CCH






OLIC Board Mtg. 6:15PM
OLNC Board Mtg. 7:30PM




See the January newsletter for more information or contact the Old Louisville Information Center, 
Phone: (502) 635-5244


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