Even the losers get lucky sometime.
As you cruise this town with its acres and acres of identical subdivisions, McFood joints, airport hanger-cum-Wal-Mart superstores, six and eight-lane asphalt stretches, forests of billboards advertising the same crap as anywhere else, and generic entertainment offerings, you gotta wonder, "What saves this town from being Anywhere USA?"
The only answer that stands the scrutiny: the people.
Yes, we the people. We the freaks, the oddballs, the wacked-out college students, the earnest activists, the bizarre politicians, the freaky drifters, the seemingly plain people with strange tales to tell.
That's what makes Lexington a town to remember.
In the words of a certain pot holder, "God Bless This Mess."
Most Beloved Local Personality
What Lexington needs is a downtown. What we have now is several hotels, some retail stores (that close at 5pm or so), a sports arena, a library, a transit center and a few scattered bars. We need to add PEOPLE to that mix! Buildings shouldn't be sitting vacant for years at a time. Buildings shouldn't be torn down and become a vacant lot for two or three years. Solutions: downtown should be more pedestrian friendly. New stores and restaurants should be encouraged to open downtown. Landlords should be encouraged to maintain the buildings and keep them occupied (why they don't do this is beyond me).
Best Celebrity with Kentucky Roots
Hon Mention: Richard Hell (who got nearly as many votes as Tom Cruise, and has more authentic roots here)
Best Local Politician You Love to Hate
Best Urban-County Council Member
Best State Legislator
Best Idea to Share with LFUCG
leave KY theater alone
Best Local Developer
Biggest Embarrassment in this years general assembly
10 Commandments debate
someone asking Kathy Stein if she believed in Jesus
Best UK Scandal of the Past Year
Wethington and the sweatshop protestors
Best Construction You Can't Wait to See Finished
New Circle & Winchester
What Lexington Needs
Bogart's sized concert venue
bike lanes and trails
What Lexington Doesn't Need