Louisville Magazine

OCT 2018

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Bit.ly/nawbo-ky LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 41 Launched in August, Russell: A Place of Promise is still hard to grasp, well- intentioned but intangible. "We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of opportunities," is a sentiment Zawacki shares during a recent community meeting. No specific blueprint exists yet. But that's sort of the point, say Zawacki and Smith. ey want neighbors to lead the charge, to tell them what can help Russell thrive and remain a neighborhood for longtime residents as well as newcomers. A $5-million grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust will act as seed money. Zawacki, who is temporarily leaving her position at Louisville Forward, the city's economic-development arm, and Smith, who is director of Cities United, will lead the project for up to five years. By then, the hope is that Russell: A Place of Promise will stand as a self-sufficient, community-based organization, one that other cities could use as a model when faced with their own gentrification concerns. e city has gifted a 200,000-square-foot former cigar factory at 30th and Madison streets (right near the proposed indoor track facility) to the project. It could wind up as a place for new commercial and residential ventures, perhaps functioning as a cooperative, Zawacki says. Smith has floated the idea of helping business owners, like barbers, buy the buildings they currently rent space in, creating something generations down the line could inherit. Zawacki has also pitched

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