-by Webmaster, Michael R. Hicks

Hello readers!

With the next few "Mo'pinions," I want to share a series of ideas that I want you all to think about and consider. Most people, hopefully, will at least use this as an opportunity to think about — and more hopefully, serious cats put their money together and seek to do about — the abandoned and/or blighted areas in West Louisville neighborhoods.

An architect of the "Boston miracle," Rev. Jeffrey Brown started out as a bewildered young pastor watching his Boston neighborhood fall apart around him, as drugs and gang violence took hold of the kids on the streets. The first step to recovery: Listen to those kids, don't just preach to them, and help them reduce violence in their own neighborhoods. It's a powerful talk about listening to make change. (Watch video by clicking the "Read More..." link). The original TEDTalk page is here.

People of the city came to St. Stephen Church for Empower West Louisville, a church-based summit that showcased a small-business vendor marketplace plus the announcement of a community business directory.

Photos by urban photojournalist Bud Dorsey