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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louisvilleliteraryarts.org houeofruth.net 38 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 mixed-income housing; a $28-million YMCA at 18th Street and Broadway, alongside a new $130-million Passport Health Plan headquarters; and, at 30th and Ali, a $30-million indoor track-and- field facility developed by the Louisville Urban League. Add to that ongoing investment in Portland, infrastructure improvements throughout west Louisville and a few businesses expanding or opening. Investment west of Ninth totals $867 million, a hefty sum. So much so that gentrification — the reshuffling of a neighborhood in which, often, white residents lay claim to a predominantly black neighborhood — looms as a realistic fear. "We believe this area will see an increase, a growth in prosperity. e real estate value will go up," says Cathy Hinko, director of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition. "at is a great thing to happen. It is also a scary thing to happen. If you are one of the homeowners in the area, when is a good time to sell?" Over the summer, the Louisville Urban League printed fliers for Russell and other west Louisville residents with the message: "Stop. Don't Sell." Homeowners were reporting knocks on doors, mailers and even calls on their cell phones from investors looking to buy up property before values rise. Mattie Jones, a longtime Shawnee resident and civil-rights activist, says that, a few months ago, a stranger knocked on her door. "He praised my home and said, 'You interested in selling?'" she recalls. Jones lives in an elegant, well- preserved 100-year-old house. "I said, 'You see a sign in my yard?' He said, 'No.' I said, 'Come back when you see one.'" Floyd rents her apartment in Russell, so her neighbors in the apartment complex have not experienced such

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