Louisville Magazine

OCT 2018

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louisvilletickets.com 40 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 a new initiative — Russell: A Place of Promise. It commits to economic, housing and investment opportunities for current Russell residents, so that they can reap the rewards of revitalization. e initiative partners metro government with Cities United, an organization working to eliminate violence affecting African-American males across America. A pledge was made at the meeting, one that guaranteed "serious" community engagement as the project takes shape. A few minutes later, Floyd gripped the microphone. "My name is Jackie Floyd and I'm a proud Russell resident," she said, earning applause. "We have a habit that when people say they're going to engage the community, the plan is already set." Such pushback isn't surprising. In the 1960s and '70s, government touted urban renewal as a good thing, a way to clear out troubled urban areas. It decimated black neighborhoods. Redlining, the discriminatory practice of denying loans in certain neighborhoods based on racial and socioeconomic makeup, along with decades of disinvestment in west Louisville, left the footprint that exists today. So when Jackie Floyd and many others stand up and question the legitimacy of Russell: A Place of Promise, Anthony Smith and eresa Zawacki, who co-lead the project, aren't surprised at all. "All of it comes from a very honest place," Smith says. "ere are reasons for people to think 'I'll believe it when I see it' or 'ere's no way the city wants to invest in black wealth creation.'"

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