laura ellis

Laura's Louisville (6.16.22)

Wyandotte in south Louisville

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Here are Laura Ellis’ answers. Published Thursday, June 16, 2022.

What should people visit in your neighborhood?

“Iroquois Park because it’s beautiful.”

Here’s a magic wand. Wave it and you can change one thing in your neighborhood. What do you change?

“Everyone makes at least $200,000 more a year. I’d say more, but I do want my neighbors to stay!”

Where are you a regular?

“I have developed a very close bond with my regular Shipt shopper.”

What Louisville dish have you eaten more than any other?

“Mad Max roll (tempura asparagus and hot sauce inside, basil and ‘torched’ cream cheese outside) from Dragon King’s Daughter.”

What closed Louisville business do you miss most?

“T. Eddie’s on Logan Street was home to the best karaoke in town — and many important moments in my life.”

What should be Louisville’s theme song?

“‘Class Warfare,’ by the Afrophysicists.”

Favorite Louisville building?

“The Medical Arts Building on Eastern Parkway is a mid-century modern office dream.”

Where in town do you always take visitors?

“Somewhere along the river.”

One thing Louisville is missing?

“Affordable housing.”

Favorite Louisville smell?

“The Kentucky State Fair.”

Since March 2020, what’s something you’ve lost?

“My voice…sort of. I was performing with a couple of bands before the pandemic and didn’t feel safe going back to it.”

First thing on your bucket list?

“Record a holiday album.”

Since March 2020, what’s something you’ve gained?

“A renewed sense of purpose in my work. At Louisville Public Media, where I’m director of podcasts and special projects, we launched a podcast incubator dedicated to giving a platform to people in our community who aren’t always well-represented in the media.”

Since March 2020, what’s something Louisville has lost?

“Our innocence. Our naïve belief that the powers that be are just and well-intentioned.”

Since March 2020, what’s something Louisville has gained?

“A willingness to band together against injustice, I hope.”

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