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
One Mo’pinion: The Struggle Is Real and Few are Willing to Help: What Can We Do To Help Ourselves? (Article, Blog)
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For a little over a year now, Narrow The Gap! has committed to being an information resource and providing the people of Louisville a perspective and focus on West Louisville places and spaces. We have strived to be a resource and provide tools, solutions and data that you have never seen on a consistent basis from a Black-owned and operated community institution. We have certainly had great media in the past committed to bringing information to the Black people of Louisville, some of the oldest Black-focused publications in this country come from here. That said, we have not had it in modern digital media so we at NTG! has brought it to the community on a local grassroots basis.
I have engaged in dozens, hundreds of conversations in 2015 with mentors and peers. These conversations have taken place in the hoods of West Louisville, the larger spaces of Metro Louisville at-large and the international spaces of the inter webs and social media with acquaintances, business partners, good friends, and other voices less than that. The result of all of this dialog has helped me to come to some new conclusions. Looking at all of this as a hard, cold analysis…there is no interest or political will to address the plight of “the Abandoned” (as Eugene Robinson described them) of the Black, left-behind urban poor. You are talking about a population of people that have been collectively deprived so and trapped in a negative cycle of “the pit.” The pit of incarceration and the effects that mass incarceration has had on the perception of Black people.
Dr. Staceypants gives a lecture from the University of the Heart
Why Black Lives Matter is interpreted as anti-white.Posted by Stacey Patton on Friday, September 4, 2015
The Cedar Gardens project in the Russell Neighborhood was a dream deferred.
Originally started in 2005 with the goal of building 43 new homes in the areas bounding 19th and 20th east and west, and Cedar and Muhammad Ali bounding north and south. However, the builds stalled at 14 in 2007 after the housing crisis and subsequent recession.
On August 27, Mayor Greg Fischer announced a plan to make good on the original goal. The Louisville Urban League's Rebound program and Community Ventures Corporation are partnering with the city to start construction on 29 new single family homes.
The last week featured multiple pieces of news on the Russell neighborhood. Development plans are underway for work at 18th and Broadway with a construction of a new Walmart and YMCA. Louisville Central Community Centers also announced the findings of their West of Ninth Visioning Planning Project.
"The new development also is going to complement what everybody sees as the steady pace that we're seeing in the Russell neighborhood," said Fischer.
Louisville Metro is putting $1.4 million into the $6 million project. The homes start at $98,000 and will range from one to three bedrooms.