New chapter for downtown landmark
Lexington's downtown received a vote of confidence earlier this week with the news that Victorian Square — the block of historic structures at Main and Broadway that were combined into one property in the 1980s — attracted new owners who will invest millions to upgrade the property and attract national retailers and restaurateurs to its spaces.
The Webb Companies, which were involved in the 1980s project, joined with Cincinnati developer Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc. to purchase Victorian Square from Alex Campbell and Bill Young Jr. Anderson operates mixed-use developments in Cincinnati, Norther Kentucky and elsewhere.
It will be a new chapter for Lexington's downtown, which has developed into a dining destination largely on the strength of a group of locally owned restaurants centered along Short and Jefferson streets.
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Governor, stand up for integrity in racing
Gov. Steve Beshear should listen to two horse industry groups — The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and The Jockey Club — that protested legislative backtracking earlier this week on new race-day medication rules.
A legislative committee rejected new regulations adopted by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission but Beshear has the authority to override that action and put the rules into effect.
No state has as much at stake when it comes to preserving the integrity and the business of Thoroughbred racing and breeding. The United States lags almost every other country in restricting the medications that can be administered to horses when they're racing. That erodes the sport's credibility and damages our valuable equine product.
Beshear should act quickly to protect equine athletes and this important industry.