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1 Downtown Lexington: 1964 – 2009 …45 years of change By: Helm Roberts AIA Architect/Planner Lexington, KY.

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2 1 Downtown Lexington: 1964 – 2009 …45 years of change By: Helm Roberts AIA Architect/Planner Lexington, KY

3 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change2 1964…as it was A Diverse Commercial Area Lots of People Activity... Pedestrian Oriented The GOOD

4 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change3 Railroad Blocks Main at Midland Broadway and Vine Railroad, Industry and Warehousing Train Tie-up on Limestone The BAD

5 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change4 Overhead Wires Billboard Wall Signs Sign SignJungles …and the UGLY

6 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change5 Main BroadwayBroadway Short Vine High The Way it Was....1965 Flying along Vine Street Flour Mill Warehouses Railroad Warehouses

7 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change6 BroadwayBroadway Main Vine/RR Upper The Central Core of Downtown Mill Railroad Court House

8 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change7 Broadway Main Vine/RR Upper Main Upper Limestone Phoenix K.U. Short Upper and Limestone Streets 1st Security

9 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change8 MainMain Harrison Wolf Wolf Wile ShortShort Lafayette Hotel Walnut Esplanade Area EsplanadeEsplanade Sears

10 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change9 Main Southeastern Short Vine Midland/RR Herald Leader East End Thoroughbred Park Railroad

11 10 How did it Start? The Beginning of a Downtown Plan

12 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change11 AIA Downtown Design Group Study - 1964 Volunteer Effort Volunteer Effort Supported by Planning Commission Supported by Planning Commission Eleven Architects and Landscape Architects Involved + Planning Commission Staff Eleven Architects and Landscape Architects Involved + Planning Commission Staff Volunteer Effort Volunteer Effort Supported by Planning Commission Supported by Planning Commission Eleven Architects and Landscape Architects Involved + Planning Commission Staff Eleven Architects and Landscape Architects Involved + Planning Commission Staff

13 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change12 Illustrative Development Plan

14 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change13 Proposed Street Plan Expressway SecondSecond BroadwayBroadway RoseRose Downtown Expressway Second Street Parkway Main Street 2-way Vine/High One-way Pair

15 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change14 Detailed Area Plans

16 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change15 Near Northside Area Plan Deep Blocks

17 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change16 Original Westside Area Plan - 1965 Main Vine Versailles Rd.

18 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change17 Adopted by Planning Commission Adopted by Planning Commission Incorporated many proposals of the AIA Design Plan Incorporated many proposals of the AIA Design Plan Downtown Plan

19 18 Urban Renewal - 1970

20 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change19 Urban Renewal, The Money Tree Federal Program, Nix(on)ed in 1972 Federal Program, Nix(on)ed in 1972 How the Projects are Financed How the Projects are Financed

21 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change20 Rupp Arena added to project for local support. Rupp Arena added to project for local support. One-Way Pair Main/Vine: One-way Pair Main/Vine: One-way Pair Triangle Park Created Triangle Park Created Proposed Civic Center Proposed Rupp Arena Triangle Park

22 21 The Urban Renewal Project in Progress

23 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change22 Demolition 1968 – The Beginning

24 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change23 First Projects - 1973 Vine Street First Security Citizens Bank

25 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change24 Rupp Arena – 1975

26 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change25 Lexington Center Completed – 1980

27 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change26 Festival Market

28 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change27 Vine Center

29 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change28 Victorian Square 1970 Interior

30 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change29 Financial Center

31 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change30 Phoenix Park Public Library Park Plaza Apartments Phoenix Park

32 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change31 Courthouse Square

33 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change32 1980 1965 Pedestrian Bridges Proposed

34 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change33 Pedestrian Bridges Completed by 2002

35 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change34 Phoenix Park Financial Center Fountains Triangle Park

36 35 Where are we?...... Can you guess where these next photos were taken? This is a Test!

37 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change36 Main at Broadway, Triangle Park

38 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change37 Triangle Park toward Victorian Square

39 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change38 Victorian Square, Broadway at Main

40 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change39 Victorian Square, Broadway Facade

41 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change40 Broadway at Main

42 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change41 Broadway at High

43 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change42 Vine at Lime

44 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change43 Lime at Vine/RR 2002 2009

45 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change44 Vine at Lime, Looking West 2002 2009

46 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change45 High at Lime

47 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change46 Broadway at Triangle Park

48 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change47 East Vine from Viaduct

49 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change48 Vine to the West

50 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change49 High at Mill 2002 2009

51 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change50 Main to West

52 51 The Last 5 years… A residential explosion

53 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change52 Since 2002: New Residential

54 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change53 New Residential… Last 7 years 3 rd St. 2 nd St. Rupp Maxwell Euclid Vine High Newtown 2010 Versailles Main Newtown Pike Rose Broadway Upper Limestone

55 54 What are todays Downtown Issues? Where do we go from here? Government Center? Government Center? Financial Center? Financial Center? Shopping, Convenience Stores? Shopping, Convenience Stores? More Downtown Living? More Downtown Living? Traffic, Parking / 2-Way Streets? Traffic, Parking / 2-Way Streets? Pedestrian / Bike Paths? Pedestrian / Bike Paths? Amenities: Events, Parades, BG 10k? Amenities: Events, Parades, BG 10k? Other Issues? Other Issues?

56 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change55 The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana Our Past … and Our Future

57 Downtown Lexington… 45 years of change56 Questions…Comments?


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