Louisville Magazine

OCT 2018

Louisville Magazine is Louisville's city magazine, covering Louisville people, lifestyles, politics, sports, restaurants, entertainment and homes. Includes a monthly calendar of events.

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eyecareinstitute.com blisshomefurniture.com 28 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 THE BIT SHIFT Talking Trash Out and about with the clean team. They put on their bright yellow vests a couple minutes after 8 a.m. "These smell good," one woman says. "You must have washed them." Five African-American workers — four women, one man — trade smiles in the One West office on West Broadway. The nonprofit that focuses on revitalizing west Louisville has contracted with a cleaning service; four days a week, these workers patrol several blocks north and south along the West Broadway corridor, from around 12th Street to 29th, armed with trash grabbers that look like something you'd find in an As Seen On TV store. Terri Phoenix tucks trash bags into her white belt and adjusts her stylish tortoise- shell glasses. The 66-year-old retiree didn't want to lose her mobility sitting at home, so she started walking a couple miles a day on the treadmills at the YMCA. When she heard about this gig, she figured she might as well get paid to do all that walking. They're just up from 18th Street when she and Dawn Ellington, 52, cut across Broadway. A lifelong Louisvillian, Phoenix grew up just south of Broadway in Smoke- town's Sheppard Square housing project, where regular inspections and a scrupulous mother taught her the value in cleanliness, she says. Phoenix met Martin Luther King Jr. in town — "Very down to earth," she says — and witnessed the 1968 riots in west Louisville, partly sparked by King's assassination. She takes a beer bottle from the ground, pours it out, tosses it into one of her bags and nods over at the construc- tion site for the new YMCA. "Gonna look real nice," she says, pinching a Styrofoam

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