Urban Communities Lose a Champion, But Remain Inspired: Branden Klayko

Steven George, writing for WFPL on Branden Klayko's passing, provides a great lens into what Brandon Klayko meant to Lousiville and urban areas everywhere.  "Branden captured what our city is, has been and could be. He gave us reason to be optimistic about an uncertain future and showed us where streetscapes and buildings connect with our health and our environment. He was a skeptic and a champion. And he presented a version of our connected future that was aspirational if only we could marshal the forces to get there." 

Klayko's Broken Sidewalk blog was special but nearly as special as the effects he had on people who care about our communities. Thank you, Branden, for being a key part of the inspiration for Connect Our Core, and for so many others who you challenged to think deeper about the community in which they live - and, most importantly, how they can make it better.  

Please also take a look at this Op-Ed piece penned by Ben Carter, another gentleman in the Louisville community I greatly respect. I find Ben's words on Branden spot on, and helpful as I consider and honor this person I traded emails or FB messages with but never met. I feel I knew a great deal of him by his writing, his issues of import, and by those he touched. Huzzah Branden Klayko,  may we live with your inspiration as our guide. 

 Image from WFPL

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