Louisville Magazine

MAR 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.19 85 "I ended up being in the streets for about three or four years, and then in 2012 I got to Beecher (Terrace, the public-housing complex in Russell). My experience has been up and down. I almost lost my place about four or five times. Utilities have been cut off and I haven't had food sometimes. I've been stressed and depressed. I had to get over those humps. I lost my kids in 2008, and I've been trying to get everything in order to get them back. "I think the new development in Beecher Terrace is going to be OK. ey just told us that we can get homeownership through the Urban League, so that's what I plan on doing. I plan on holding down my place. Not only that, I want to open my own salon and come back and give back to my community. I wanna give back to the same community who helped and supported me by telling me they weren't going to let me fall." Elizabeth, Russell "I've been here since 1998. It's been 21 years. When I came here, I was the only business here. It was just me, Chevron and Kroger. I remember when I first opened my business, the police used to be worried about me. At that time, there was a lot of crime over here. People were scared to come to the West End. Now, people are coming back to live here. People are wanting to spend money and support black businesses. "ey were supposed to put Walmart over here and people fought. Walmart would have been good; it could have brought a lot of people from a 10-mile radius. "I hope they hire people from the West End. I hope it's not going to be a bunch of people from outside that will just come to work and go home. We wouldn't benefit from that. e YMCA will be good for the neighborhood. e director said that he's going to make sure (kids know) how to swim, so that's good. at'll be a positive thing for the neighborhood." Babinta, Russell (pictured with Mohamed, left), owner of Broadway Fashion & Decor

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