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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wineontheriverlouisville.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 39 solicitations. On this August day, as we walk, Floyd, who works for the Center for Neighborhoods, is in her element — showing off her favorite spots ("Sweet Peaches has the best food") and thinking ahead ("I cannot wait until they turn Muhammad Ali into a two-way street!" she exclaims, referring to community- improvement plans for Russell hatched by Metro government and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority). She spots a young man and woman standing on the sidewalk. "Want to share with this reporter how great Russell is?" she cheerily asks, gesturing to me. ey both shoot her a look of — You crazy? For a moment, their reaction throws off Floyd. Hand on hip, she squints her eyes and cocks her head, puzzled, ready to listen. ey say their block is OK, but it's bad news around the corner and the farther west into Russell you go. About 60 percent of Russell's population lives in poverty, including about 3,000 children. Median household income is about $14,500. Hundreds of vacant or abandoned homes scar the neighborhood. Floyd knows that these and other problems exist. But she's adamant that the numbers don't tell the whole story. "Someone might only have a 10th-grade education," she says. "But they may still be successful in running a business, or maybe they're a deacon in a church." She promises the man and woman that she'll return with fliers for upcoming neighborhood meetings. "Y'all are the future of this neighborhood," she says, then adds with a smile: "I'm getting ready to sit down." at's doubtful. Just a few nights before, Floyd stood up during a meeting at the Louisville Urban League discussing Russell's future. First up on the agenda: Follow us on Social Media LouisvilleMagazine @LouisvilleMag @LouisvilleMag

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