The Music Lounge: Southland Pop-up is Open!

The rain did not keep us from celebrating the opening of The Music Lounge: Southland Pop-up. Come sit, relax, meet friends, bring lunch, or come and make music in this temporary structure. The pop-up will be in place May thru October in front of Geno’s Formal Affair. Learn more by reading the Retrofitting the RETRO project info.

You’re Invited! Pop-up Ribbon Cutting

Come celebrate the opening of Southland’s first pop-up public space, The Music Lounge, where people are invited to have a seat, make music, meet friends, and enjoy the Southland corridor.

WHAT: Southland Pop-Up Public Space Ribbon Cutting
WHEN: Friday May 12th at 2pm
WHERE: in Geno’s Formal Affair parking lot, 380 Southland Dr.

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Inspiring Ideas for Southland

A packed house came out to Willie’s Locally Known on Wednesday May 3rd for a Retrofitting The RETRO Lunch-N-Learn hosted by the Division of Planning. UK Landscape Architecture students presented their visionary ideas for the corridor and a sidewalks design update was made. Check back HERE later this week to find downloadable presentations for all to view.

Southland Sidewalks Design Announced

The preliminary design of the Southland Drive sidewalks was revealed at the Southland Annual Meeting on February 16th.

The design aims to provide continuous pedestrian connections, provide space for landscaping and beautification, and provide a unique brand for Southland Drive.

Please review the design documents below and submit your comments here.

Sidewalk Plan

Before and After Images

Design Idea Boards

Southland Annual Meeting: February 16th

The Southland Association will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017 starting at 6pm. Stop by at 5:30pm to mingle with neighbors.

The meeting will include updates on many projects in the Southland area, including the unveiling of the design of the Southland Drive sidewalk project.

For more information, please visit or check out the meeting flyer.


Knight Cities Challenge Grant Submitted

The City’s Division of Planning, LexArts, the Southland Association, VisitLex, and Council offices teamed up to submit a project idea to the Knight Cities Challenge. Retrofitting the RETRO: Rediscover Southland project is one of 144 projects selected out of 4,500 applicants to continue to the second round application. We will learn in Summer 2017 if the project was funded. Until then stay tuned! Learn more about the Knight Cities Challenge by checking out their website.

Student Design Exhibit: December 7th

Everyone is invited to come join at Good Foods Coop, Wednesday December 7th from 5:00-7:00pm to view exciting design ideas for Southland Drive!

Lexington’s Division of Planning called for design submittals from university students as a catalyst for a design/build pop-up project made possible by a grant from the Blue Grass Community Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund. These submittals will be on display for community members to view and we want to collect your vote on your favorite ideas!  For more information about the design competition check out the design brief.

Southland Drive Survey and Idea Board Announced

As we continue with the Retrofitting the Retro project and the new sidewalks being designed for Southland Drive we need to know how you use Southland Drive, what you want to see from future projects, and get your ideas for the Southland Corridor.

Please take the Southland Drive Survey to let us know how you use the corridor and what you want to see.

You can also post ideas to the Southland Idea Board to share location specific ideas for the corridor.

The more feedback we get, the better our projects will be, so tell your friends and neighbors!

Students on Southland: Data Collection Starting This Weekend

people-countingUniversity of Kentucky students will be on Southland Drive Friday September 23rd through Monday September 26th collecting data for the Retrofitting the RETRO project. You may find them throughout the corridor counting people, cyclists, noting the design character of the area, or stopping you to ask a few questions.

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts- your input will make this project a success! From their findings they will make design proposals on how to enhance the existing built environment. Learn more by checking out the Retrofitting the RETRO page.