One Mo’pinion: Reimagining the Urban African American grocery store: Drawing from the Old with the Technology of the New (Article, Intellectual Bars)
Problem: inner city Louisville grocery stores are closing one after another, low neighborhood income, lack of large square footage and problems of loss prevention makes it difficult for national chains to keep grocery stores profitable.
Solution: Draw from the tradition of the “mom and pop” grocery and five-and-dime general store popularized by Family Dollar and Dollar General and build small square-footage grocery stores with modern amenities such as BOPIS (buy online pickup in store) and a heavy emphasis on local sourcing, and/or food cooperatives that source from local vendors. Build a network that can develop economies of scale.
According to Jere Downs of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the multiple protests at several West Louisville meetings over the construction of a $40 million composting facility at the FoodPort at 30th Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, will no longer be part of the development. Concerns about industrial pollution and a negative history of such plans in impoverished neighborhoods, Nature's Methane has also postponed a presentation to Louisville Metro's Board of Zoning Adjustment. Seed Capital Kentucky founder Steven Reily acknowledged the people of West Louisville's influenced this move. "This is a community that has had too many things done to them for too long instead of with them or for them." Reily added, "(there has been a legacy that) "for a century has chosen to place toxic problems where disenfranchised people live...it has created a very strong fear of more projects like that."
This is a clear example that there is power in the people and power in our numbers, and when we want to organize to do something, that we can. The FoodPort project no longer has a biodigester plant in its midst. However, even in the midst of this victory for environmental health for a Black neighborhood, a new void has emerged that must be solved. Now with no Nature's Methane, there are five acres in the 24 acre project that will need to be developed...so what now?
Just got back from a controlled, input/feedback forum on addressing West Louisville's violent crime from a community level.
12.13.2016 Community Connection/Brothers Helping Brothers "Stop the Violence Community 10 Point Solutions"
Listed below are the ten solutions, per community input, suggested for concerned citizens to contribute time and resources:
1. Job Training Programs. Resume Writing/ Career Development Workshops.
2. Implement a personal development program for male youth that focuses on morals, positive behaviors, and progressive lifestyle choices.
3. Neighborhood Cleanup, Adopt a Block (Westend Street Patrol) Assess needs via surveys.
4. Workshops/Forums focused on Conflict Resolution – Hotline for parents to call.
5. Implement a Community Empowerment Initiative (Promotes community businesses, entrepreneurship, nonprofit development, local commerce, and establishes area culturally inclusive educational programs and schools).
6. Community Advocacy Board/Liaison to address property/rental issues (Slumlords, Neglected Properties, and Rental Assistance.)
7. Implement community programs that develops and promotes minority leadership within city government.
8. Community Cease fire between rival neighborhoods.
9. Motivational Speaker Series & Hip Hop “Stop The Violence” Campaign.
10. Open up metro corrections, JCYC, and community barbershops for mentoring and reentry programs.
Mo’Update: One Mo’pinion: Chicago Whole Foods Update and a Cautionary Tale on the 18th and Broadway Walmart Project (Blog, Article)
They have done it in Chicago.
The Englewood Whole Foods finally opened on 63rd and Halsted (covered in the last Mo’pinion).
West Louisville, KY – People filled The Louisville Urban League Tuesday evening for a town hall discussion tonight on the LUL campus in west louisville regarding race relations and violent crime.
The featured panelists for the town hall meeting were:
- LMPD police chief Steve Conrad;
- the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby of St. Stephen Baptist Church and president of Simmons College of Kentucky;
- Sadiqa Reynolds, Esq. President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League;
The moderators were Dr. Ricky L. Jones of the University of Louisville and the Ricky Jones Show on 93.1 The Beat and WHAS Radio's Terry Meiners.
Photos by urban photojournalist, Bud Dorsey 2016