Welcome 2021 with Tourism’s Cleo Battle and the Boon in Butchertown with Andy Blieden and Sylvanus Hudson


We’re kicking off year #8 of the Rusty Satellite Show with an entertaining set of guests, just like you’ve come to expect from the city’s longest-running and most interesting podcast. Episode #380 features Louisville Tourism COO Cleo Battle, who as you can imagine is counting on the vaccine to erase the effects of the pandemic and get people on the road again.

Cleo Battle and me at the Visitors Center

We met in a deserted downtown at the organization’s Visitor Center on Tuesday. I think you’ll enjoy our chat about how the city’s tourism industry is ready to welcome visitors, conventions and bourbon enthusiasts back to the city.

During my annual shopping trek to Work the Metal in December, I ran into the self-appointed Mayor of Butchertown, Andy Blieden, who hinted he had some interesting stuff going on. So this week I went to the Butchertown Market, where he introduced me to the Butchertown Business Association’s new president, Sylvanus Hudson. Together, they’ve created a shared office space on the 2nd floor that is attracting creative types.

And Andy lets me in on some new businesses coming to Butchertown in the near future, including a replacement for the pizza joint that closed in 2020.

In Butchertown, Sylvanus Hudson and Andy Blieden

I know it’s a local show, but the events of yesterday in Washington affect us all. Apparently we’ve survived the insurrection at the Capitol and will soon get ourselves a new president. But the damage done over the last four years won’t be forgotten soon, and the legacy for those who supported our nation’s worst-ever president will not be kind. At least Georgia came through and shifted the power in the Senate away from Mitch McConnell.

And locally the Mayor introduced a new police chief yesterday, and the choice of Erika Shields of Atlanta does not come without controversy.

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