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City is pitiful - 7/17/2013
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WARNING: THIS PLACE SUCKS! First of all, the correct pronunciation of "Louisville" is indeed "Lew-ee-ville". Its origin is French and "Louis" is pronounced "Lou-ee". Stop with this diminutive topic of discussion. Only the brain dead locals pronounce it "Loo-ah-ville".

Now, time to post my THOUGHTS on this hell hole that is mistakenly called a city. I have lived here for most of my life and am finally getting out of here THIS YEAR!

-The PEOPLE here are AWFUL. They are IGNORANT, BORING, rude, mean, fat and useless. Lots of conservative old farts, surly rednecks, delusional fat suburbanites, wannabe hipsters and an unhappy ethnic population. Racism is alive and well with a lot of African-Americans living on the West End. White flight continues as the East End continues to expand. There are lots of shitty neighborhoods -think Portland, Germantown, and the entire South End. The population seems to missing any idea of common sense and decency. People are passive-aggressive at best and downright hostile at worst. If you don't fit into a certain clique (churchy people, elitists, etc) you will NOT fit in here at all. YOU WILL FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER YOUR ENTIRE STAY.

The dating scene sucks, The men are substandard and the women are a joke. Fat people who actually think the are sexually attractive. Boring-as-hell people that think they are interesting. PEOPLE ASK YOU WHAT HIGH SCHOOL YOU WENT TO AS IF THAT DEFINES YOUR EXISTENCE!!!! REALLY? REALLY?

No individuality-females are either named "Sarah" or "Jennifer". Are those the only two female names in existence?

Everyone feels the need to dress the same, act the same, and like the same things. BOR-ING.

Owning a 1995 Volvo is some type of status symbol here. I can't figure that one out.

People walk around with this zombie expression. Lights are on, but no one is home.

Racism is alive and well. I mean people you just meet will tell racists jokes or make a derogatory comment about someone's background as if that's completely normal.

The JOB market is terrible.
No successful corporation wants to set up here. No REAL talent will relocate here. I have heard numerous people say their employer is closing offices in Louisville.
Again, people here act like graduating high school is some sort of crowning glory.
The "good ol' boy" network is in full swing here. Rich daddies buy their unqualified daughters positions as city judges. YOU WILL NOT GET A JOB HERE UNLESS YOU KNOW SOMEONE.

There is NOTHING to do! Bar culture? Oh yeah, right! Bars suck. Shitty beer/wine selections, annoying frat boys, and lame music all make for good times. NOT!
Hang out at 4th Street Live where you can have the chance to catch a glimpse of an overweight, sorority girl waddling down the dirty street drunk at 1AM. So exciting!
The city planners must be stoned teenagers who are constantly out to lunch.
I could go on forever, but I ran out of characters.

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re: City is pitiful - 7/17/2013 - 11/2/2013
OMG!!!! LOUISVILLE is awful place to live. You are so right.


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Jill
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Phil
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Louisville is Great: If You Have Never Left - 9/29/2015

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Phil
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james
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Louisville sucks - 3/21/2015

I only lived here for almost 2 years and Im ready to leave. Where do I begin? Ill start off with the shitty studio apartment my gf and I share. Even though its only $450 per month all inclusive, we didnt realized tht there was an active bar/niteclub right underneath our room, before we signed the lease. We have to endure loud music from said niteclub every friday and saturday night. We tried everything from complaining to codes and inspections, calling the police, complaining to BMG (the management group which owns the apartment complex)..all to no avail. Im under the impression that BMG and this lesbian niteclub which share the same space of our rundown apartment complex must have some type of dealing going on under the table, since they can play loud music every weekend with seeming impunity. Perhaps gays and lesbians get preferential treatment here in this liberal louisville. Once the novelty of moving to Louisville wears off, you realize that there really aint shit to do, except go to one of the millions of restaurants or to one of the millions of bars around here. Theres got to be more to life other than eating and drinking? Most of the people here are totally zombiefied. The usual topics of conversation are either about food, getting high, the U of L game, or some bit of propaganda that they saw on the local news. One aspect of these people which is unsettling is the overdone support of U of L. So many people wear the U of L colors, have the Louisville Card flags in front of their houses on their cars, as if there is some type of hive mentality thing going on. And they look at you in disbelief if you tell them that you don't watch any U of L games. The cultural scene here makes me sick. Alot of elitists here. And a lot of feminism, the women walk around with attitudes that should exist in a womens' prison. Too many guys that sport some type of hipster/college professor look that can be very annoying. A motto which is thrown around Louisville all too ofen is "buy local". Believe me, most of the time, the only difference between something made local and mainstream is the price, the local being much more expensive. Overall, this city sucks big time. This is a stinking hell on earth.

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NEF
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Beware of Louisville expensive housing - 2/19/2015

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NEF
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The absolute worse roads system in the south - 2/19/2015

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dana
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NEF
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Read before you come - 10/2/2014

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Chris
Louisville, KY

Best place to raise a family - 9/2/2014

Louisville is definitely headed in the right direction. It's a large city, with small town feel. The cost of living is great. Housing is cheap compared to other cities of this size. The community is awesome if you find the right one. There is definitely pockets of personalities amongst the community. There isn't too many diverse neighborhoods, but it is getting better. Probably the most diverse areas are Hikes Point and Jtown. Every big city has rough parts, Louisville's rough part is the West End. However the city is making strides to improve the West End. There could be more done, but it is improving. I suggest opening more community centers for the youth. Most of the money tends to live in the cities east end. There is a good blend of mid to upper mid income levels all throughout the east end. It is probably the best area in Louisville to live. The city is perfect for my family. We are catholic, kids are in Catholic schools, we are middle class, we are involved with our community. It's like one big family and we love it. The Highlands (bardstown road) is the best area to walk around and enjoy a stroll, drink a beer on the sidewalk and people watch. The Kentucky Derby is the best time of the year to visit due to all of the festivities. The city is at the cross roads within reasonable drive time from other major cities Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago. So, going taking a trip to visit these cities isn't too uncommon for Louisvillians. For some odd reason most people I know flocks to the gulf of mexico for vacation (PCB, Destin, Gulf Shores). Pros: Housing market, community, entrepreneurial potential, park system Cons: Public schools are not good, socioeconomic divide right down the middle of the city

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Sandra
Fairdale, KY

Affordable Living - 1/9/2014

in my opinion, Louisville is a very affordable city.

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Grady
Louisville, KY

Great place to visit but no so great place to live - 11/19/2013

Louisville has a lot to offer a person who wants to visit for a festival with a close community. However, what you see is what you get and it gets old if not originally from Kentucky. Further, Louisville is a large city with a small town attitude and thinking and is for people who are originally from this region. It is NOT a typical mix of people for a city of this size. I have been here 4 years (not originally from here) and roughly 80% of the people I have met are from the immediate region. They are not mobile and have no intention of being so. Many are still socially within the same groups that they were in high school, and if you are an outsider, this is not a good thing. NOTE: In Louisville, local business and groups revolve around which high school you went to with the private Catholic high schools being the most prevalent I have ever seen. This is probably due to the poor management and relations of the public school system where they have massive issues: low achievement, busing, race, ingrained thinking, etc. Also, this was a Catholic mission city. So, in short, come for a festival, do not recommend moving here. You can visit and enjoy all Louisville has to offer without having to deal with its issues. We offer a few big events per year, fairly nice downtown with destination points, a good variety of local street shops, some nice art venues and a very good selection of restaurants.

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neshon
Louisville, KY

Get out this Pit while you can - 11/2/2013

Warning people: Louisville is and awful place to live. The people here are crazy as hell. There is no good food,nice places for everyone to have a good time and enjoy life. This is place make you feel like you are in hell. I been living here for a while. I am a eastcoast women all day. After coming to a place it made me realize alot about where i come from.I don't care what people say about New yorkers and people from Nj. i can say we are nothing like the crazy ass people from here. This place is cursed and i don't want any parts of this hell hole anymore. I leaving this pit hole to the people that is born and raised here. They don't no anything about real or good living.Everything about this place make ky sick to my stomach. I will be out of this pit real soon. Louisville sucks!

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Beverly
Louisville, KY

Religion - 7/30/2013

Louisville is a diverse city with regard to religious practices. However, there is both a Baptist and Presbyterian Seminary located here. There is a larger population of Catholics and Jews than most other cities this far South.

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Abhd
Louisville, KY

City is pitiful - 7/17/2013

WARNING: THIS PLACE SUCKS! First of all, the correct pronunciation of "Louisville" is indeed "Lew-ee-ville". Its origin is French and "Louis" is pronounced "Lou-ee". Stop with this diminutive topic of discussion. Only the brain dead locals pronounce it "Loo-ah-ville". Now, time to post my THOUGHTS on this hell hole that is mistakenly called a city. I have lived here for most of my life and am finally getting out of here THIS YEAR! -The PEOPLE here are AWFUL. They are IGNORANT, BORING, rude, mean, fat and useless. Lots of conservative old farts, surly rednecks, delusional fat suburbanites, wannabe hipsters and an unhappy ethnic population. Racism is alive and well with a lot of African-Americans living on the West End. White flight continues as the East End continues to expand. There are lots of shitty neighborhoods -think Portland, Germantown, and the entire South End. The population seems to missing any idea of common sense and decency. People are passive-aggressive at best and downright hostile at worst. If you don't fit into a certain clique (churchy people, elitists, etc) you will NOT fit in here at all. YOU WILL FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER YOUR ENTIRE STAY. The dating scene sucks, The men are substandard and the women are a joke. Fat people who actually think the are sexually attractive. Boring-as-hell people that think they are interesting. PEOPLE ASK YOU WHAT HIGH SCHOOL YOU WENT TO AS IF THAT DEFINES YOUR EXISTENCE!!!! REALLY? REALLY? No individuality-females are either named "Sarah" or "Jennifer". Are those the only two female names in existence? Everyone feels the need to dress the same, act the same, and like the same things. BOR-ING. Owning a 1995 Volvo is some type of status symbol here. I can't figure that one out. People walk around with this zombie expression. Lights are on, but no one is home. Racism is alive and well. I mean people you just meet will tell racists jokes or make a derogatory comment about someone's background as if that's completely normal. The JOB market is terrible. No successful corporation wants to set up here. No REAL talent will relocate here. I have heard numerous people say their employer is closing offices in Louisville. Again, people here act like graduating high school is some sort of crowning glory. The "good ol' boy" network is in full swing here. Rich daddies buy their unqualified daughters positions as city judges. YOU WILL NOT GET A JOB HERE UNLESS YOU KNOW SOMEONE. There is NOTHING to do! Bar culture? Oh yeah, right! Bars suck. Shitty beer/wine selections, annoying frat boys, and lame music all make for good times. NOT! Hang out at 4th Street Live where you can have the chance to catch a glimpse of an overweight, sorority girl waddling down the dirty street drunk at 1AM. So exciting! The city planners must be stoned teenagers who are constantly out to lunch. I could go on forever, but I ran out of characters.

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Abhd
Louisville, KY

This city is a joke - 7/17/2013

WARNING: THIS PLACE SUCKS! First of all, the correct pronunciation of "Louisville" is indeed "Lew-ee-ville". Its origin is French and "Louis" is pronounced "Lou-ee". Stop with this diminutive topic of discussion. Only the brain dead locals pronounce it "Loo-ah-ville". Now, time to post my THOUGHTS on this hell hole that is mistakenly called a city. I have lived here for most of my life and am finally getting out of here THIS YEAR! -The PEOPLE here are AWFUL. They are IGNORANT, BORING, rude, mean, fat and useless. Lots of conservative old farts, surly rednecks, delusional fat suburbanites, wannabe hipsters and an unhappy ethnic population. Racism is alive and well with a lot of African-Americans living on the West End. White flight continues as the East End continues to expand. There are lots of shitty neighborhoods -think Portland, Germantown, and the entire South End. The population seems to missing any idea of common sense and decency. People are passive-aggressive at best and downright hostile at worst. If you don't fit into a certain clique (churchy people, elitists, etc) you will NOT fit in here at all. YOU WILL FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER YOUR ENTIRE STAY. The dating scene sucks, The men are substandard and the women are a joke. Fat people who actually think the are sexually attractive. Boring-as-hell people that think they are interesting. PEOPLE ASK YOU WHAT HIGH SCHOOL YOU WENT TO AS IF THAT DEFINES YOUR EXISTENCE!!!! REALLY? REALLY? No individuality-females are either named "Sarah" or "Jennifer". Are those the only two female names in existence? Everyone feels the need to dress the same, act the same, and like the same things. BOR-ING. Owning a 1995 Volvo is some type of status symbol here. I can't figure that one out. People walk around with this zombie expression. Lights are on, but no one is home. Racism is alive and well. I mean people you just meet will tell racists jokes or make a derogatory comment about someone's background as if that's completely normal. The JOB market is terrible. No successful corporation wants to set up here. No REAL talent will relocate here. I have heard numerous people say their employer is closing offices in Louisville. Again, people here act like graduating high school is some sort of crowning glory. The "good ol' boy" network is in full swing here. Rich daddies buy their unqualified daughters positions as city judges. YOU WILL NOT GET A JOB HERE UNLESS YOU KNOW SOMEONE. There is NOTHING to do! Bar culture? Oh yeah, right! Bars suck. Shitty beer/wine selections, annoying frat boys, and lame music all make for good times. NOT! Hang out at 4th Street Live where you can have the chance to catch a glimpse of an overweight, sorority girl waddling down the dirty street drunk at 1AM. So exciting! The city planners must be stoned teenagers who are constantly out to lunch. I could go on forever, but I ran out of characters.

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Abhd
Louisville, KY

This city is a joke - 7/17/2013

WARNING: THIS PLACE SUCKS! First of all, the correct pronunciation of "Louisville" is indeed "Lew-ee-ville". Its origin is French and "Louis" is pronounced "Lou-ee". Stop with this diminutive topic of discussion. Only the brain dead locals pronounce it "Loo-ah-ville". Now, time to post my THOUGHTS on this hell hole that is mistakenly called a city. I have lived here for most of my life and am finally getting out of here THIS YEAR! -The PEOPLE here are AWFUL. They are IGNORANT, BORING, rude, mean, fat and useless. Lots of conservative old farts, surly rednecks, delusional fat suburbanites, wannabe hipsters and an unhappy ethnic population. Racism is alive and well with a lot of African-Americans living on the West End. White flight continues as the East End continues to expand. There are lots of shitty neighborhoods -think Portland, Germantown, and the entire South End. The population seems to missing any idea of common sense and decency. People are passive-aggressive at best and downright hostile at worst. If you don't fit into a certain clique (churchy people, elitists, etc) you will NOT fit in here at all. YOU WILL FEEL LIKE AN OUTSIDER YOUR ENTIRE STAY. The dating scene sucks, The men are substandard and the women are a joke. Fat people who actually think the are sexually attractive. Boring-as-hell people that think they are interesting. PEOPLE ASK YOU WHAT HIGH SCHOOL YOU WENT TO AS IF THAT DEFINES YOUR EXISTENCE!!!! REALLY? REALLY? No individuality-females are either named "Sarah" or "Jennifer". Are those the only two female names in existence? Everyone feels the need to dress the same, act the same, and like the same things. BOR-ING. Owning a 1995 Volvo is some type of status symbol here. I can't figure that one out. People walk around with this zombie expression. Lights are on, but no one is home. Racism is alive and well. I mean people you just meet will tell racists jokes or make a derogatory comment about someone's background as if that's completely normal. The JOB market is terrible. No successful corporation wants to set up here. No REAL talent will relocate here. I have heard numerous people say their employer is closing offices in Louisville. Again, people here act like graduating high school is some sort of crowning glory. The "good ol' boy" network is in full swing here. Rich daddies buy their unqualified daughters positions as city judges. YOU WILL NOT GET A JOB HERE UNLESS YOU KNOW SOMEONE. There is NOTHING to do! Bar culture? Oh yeah, right! Bars suck. Shitty beer/wine selections, annoying frat boys, and lame music all make for good times. NOT! Hang out at 4th Street Live where you can have the chance to catch a glimpse of an overweight, sorority girl waddling down the dirty street drunk at 1AM. So exciting! The city planners must be stoned teenagers who are constantly out to lunch. I could go on forever, but I ran out of characters.

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James
Louisville, KY

armpit of the Midwest - 4/3/2013

Where do I begin. This city will tax you to death. Forbes recently listed Louisville near the top of worst taxed cities in America...gotta love Liberalism. The schools rank near the bottom in all academic areas. I believe 90% of Jefferson county schools received failing marks. The roads are falling apart. A brand new sports stadium that is financially broke. An uneducated workforce. If you plan on a career either work for Ford, Humana, or UPS, otherwise find work for $10 hr with factory shipping jobs or fast food restaurant employment is all you will find....see the comment about uneducated workforce. If you plan on driving to a restaurant or park, plan on packing a cooler for a day trip because the city is so spread out. Gas prices and gas taxes are above the nation average. Poor city mgmt and a terrible mayor. No activities or events that a city of roughly 1 million should provide. Nearly everybody is FAT. No pro sports teams. A lot of alcoholics, smokers, and pill poppers. People are very unattractive in Louisville. The west side of town is reminiscent of that of Detroit. The #1 city in America for allergies and sinus problems. No culture, mostly white and black people reside here, therefore, fast food options such as taco bell and fazoli's is what this city considers ethnic cuisine. Housing market is questionable. Now let me talk about weather, tornado sirens go off about once a week. Torrential rainstorms similar to a typhoons. Wind damage is common. Ice storms. And the occasional flooding. This is just one man's opinion, and have based all of my comments off of the 5 years of residing here. There could be cities worse off than Louisville, but the comments mentioned above are derived from my comparisons to other cities I have previously resided.

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Abhd
Louisville, KY

Built to Scale - 3/17/2013

Louisville is a great place to live.There's are strong family ties, good eating, and it wont take long before you see someone you know wherever you go.And compared to the east coast, the nicest too. Once I slid in the snow and got stuck in a ditch, so many people (in trucks) stopped to offer help before AAA arrived,that I literally ducked down in my seat so they would think the car was abandoned and keep going.Talk about a warm and comfy feeling. I told all my friends in MD about it and how that never would have happened there. Louisville is a great place to live. I grew up in Louisville,my family then moved to MD when I was sixteen.We have since moved back to care for parents. As I mentioned the people are very nice, you can strike up a conversation with damn near anyone. The cost of living is great too. You can make it here and you don't have to make six figures to have a good life, nor do you have to have advanced education. In my opinion the only people who have it tough here, are the ones who choose to. However, I find, that some of the same things that makes Louisville such a great place is also what makes it the worst.You see because you can make it here with such ease, that is exactly what people do. They get so comfortable in the simpleness that most don't push themselves for advancement or change.This leaves you with a bunch of under achievers who don't want to stir the pot and jeopardize their comfort.Never mind the bottom rank in education and dropout rates. The ones who can just put there kids in private school and the ones who can't just hope for the best. Never mind the pollution form beat down car exhaust and cloud bellowing factories that devour neighborhoods and lungs. This should be ok for me,at least that 's what I keep telling myself, because I'm a bit older now(44) and make a little over 40k.I bought a four bedroom home in a nice neighborhood got my kid in one of the"better" schools.I should be ready to chill, Right? No stress no mess. So say I can settle, chillax, into this comfort zone, what about my children? (15and23). Will they dream, just not big,or will they step out of their comfort zone and accept the challenges it takes to make dreams come true.Will the comfort contagion cease their growth by age 25. You'll have to weigh it before you come. For me It's six in one hand and half a dozen in the other.

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Delphine
Louisville, KY

Bad air quality, unhealthy environment, bad climat - 1/6/2013

Louisville has very bad air and water qualities. It is a very polluted city with ozone alerts every day throughout the entire summer. Louisville is very hot (around 100 degrees all summer long), and it only gets cooler in late November. It has warmed up much faster than it surroundings in the recent years due to global warming and deforestation (to build new suburbs).It has been nearly impossible to grow a vegetable garden this summer due to the extreme heat and lack of water. Another problem is tornado season. I was caught in a small tornado (category 1) while on the expressway with my young son, and it was a very scary experience. There was no warnings. There are many storms during the Spring, and they bring tornadoes from March until July. Some communities have been completely devastated last March with category 5 tornadoes only several miles away from Louisville. Louisville is also known for allergies and asthma. The allergy season is year round for some due to the molds, and the worst time is in the fall due to ragweeds. My family and I are allergy sufferers and allergies have consequence on the entire health, the constant exposure to allergens create inflammation which deplete the immune system. I have had repeated sinus infections since I live in Louisville, and my son has had many ear infections. The air quality is badly damaged by a coal plant nearby and 'rubber town' a petro-chemical plant. There are days when you can go outside, usually at night or early mornings, and smell very strong chemical fumes. My family is looking to relocate in a healthier city.

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