Lexington’s Cheapside featured as model “public square” in Urban Times

Lexington’s Cheapside featured as model “public square” in Urban Times

Lexington featured on Urban Times site
Lexington featured on Urban Times site


When you think sustainable, vegan, happy “third space,” what pops into your mind first? If you answered “Cheapside Pavilion, right in our own hometown Lextown!” you are of a mind with the Ecovore, Robin Tierney. Her piece titled “Lexington’s Sensational Public Square,” appears on the Urban Times web site and unlike some travel pieces, it really gets the essence of what is going on in the city.

Robin Tierney

Tierney, whose columns also appear in newspapers in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Baltimore, is a D.C-based bicycling, vegan travel writer. Follow her on Twitter @travelveg.

Her visit to Lexington included time at Thursday Night Live, the adjacent museums, Alfalfa, Lexington’s Farmer’s MarketJohn Lackey’s  Homegrown Studio and bike rides throughout the region (those two-wheeled treks will be the topic of a more in-depth, bike-centric piece yet to come).

Tierney’s piece in the international “Optimistic, forward-thinking online magazine” founded by London-based music producer and UPenn alum Charlie Hilton, puts Lexington’s “third space” in context with some of the other articles on the site, which features a smart, well-researched and erudite section on “Built” culture. “These folks embody the state credo of Kentucky Proud and suggest a spinoff, Lexington Happy,” Tierney writes.

The city’s “third space,” where Mecca Live Dance Studio spontaneously did a mass “Thriller” dance before thousands gathered to honor Michael Jackson in the space where slaves were once sold is now full of the spirit and incremental payoff of the work of so many in Lexington dedicated to sustainability and community. A skillful and seasoned travel writer, Tierney noticed.


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