You live in Louisville, which means you will inevitably be visited by people who have not been to Louisville, but nonetheless “love the Derby”, or “really know their whiskey”, or “are your parents”. Helping to save you a little time, we’ve put together a cheat sheet of the things you’ll need to explain to them...
1. You’re probably not saying it correctly
It’s not said like “Louie” or “Louis”, or any other variant of Louis C.K.’s name. It’s more like “Lou-uhh-vul”, or “Lou-vul” if you’re more of a mumbler. Why? Because that’s how it’s always been, and we never change anything until we’re more than ready.
2. We’re half Midwestern
Many people active in our community actually live in Southern Indiana, which is mere minutes away from Downtown, often over bridges which, occasionally, work. (You can get from Kentucky to Indiana by crossing the Ohio River. Have fun with that one.) Part of our identity is Southern at times, but part of it is distinctly, politely Midwestern. But only TV newscasters are physically able to use the term “Kentuckiana” with a straight face.
3. Louisville is a MUCH more affordable city than many others of a similar size
You can buy a house in the (nice!) Germantown neighborhood for under $100,000. You can own an entire house with a yard for half of what a studio apartment rental in Queens might cost.
4. Our arts scene is seriously thriving
It includes, among many examples, the Humana Festival of New American Plays at our world-renowned Actors Theatre of Louisville, where hundreds of new plays have included several Pulitzer Prize winners over the past four decades. (There’s also the orchestra, the ballet, the opera, puppeteers, a jazz group made up of dozens of children, Bonnie “Prince“ Billy, the original Lebowski Fest and other lovable weirdos.)