I continue to listen to the arguments that the people at the Broken Sidewalk make about poor design, and I am not saying that their arguments are without merit.
This is what I do say however: where were the likes of you as that property has lay barren for nearly FIFTEEN YEARS? Where were you with high-minded development proposals then? How come none of you folk approached the Bridgewaters family with proposals and capital?
Where was the incentive for Walmart to do an urban design with $1.9 million, as opposed to the tens of millions more that was obtained in the Bronzeville Chicago project?
Communities such as West Louisville get squeezed on two ends. One comes from the hand-wringing liberals that are looking to scuttle a project that will bring commercial traffic, shopping convenience, and jobs (and yes, even Walmart jobs matter when you have community unemployment numbers approaching 20 percent or more) to West Louisville, and the other comes from the prejudiced, negative individuals who revile the places and people that live in West Louisville.
Frankly, for the economic and developmental future of our spaces, we could do without either.
From Dr. Eddie Woods, Director of the LIFE Hope Center for a Safe Louisville:
The No More Red Dots (NMRD) initiative was developed to assist in the effort to reduce incidents of gun violence in our community. There are several facets to the project. Training young to make peace a first choice; gun safety for adult gun owners and street level intervention are the primary components. The people who do the street intervention are under the direction and guidance of Dr. Eddie Woods. We call them Street Peace Leaders/Interrupters. They are trained to do the work and are very effective in slowing down gun violence in Louisville. It would be hard to imagine the numbers of homicides without their work. Currently, we are shifting our focus to be more effective in 2015. To that end, we are recruiting Interrupters to help make Louisville a safer place. Persons (male or female) applying for one of these stipend positions, must be 21 years of age, no pending court cases, knowledge of Louisville neighborhoods and committed to a safer Louisville.
If you are interested, please inbox me on this site. A safer Louisville can happen with your help. 1Love!
As a result of the snow that the city has received, today's Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting has been rescheduled for March 2. Stay tuned to Narrow The Gap! for updates.
UPDATE: The Board of Zoning Adjustment (BOZA) meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 2.
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