Louisville Magazine

JUN 2019

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82 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 6.19 Street, Access Ventures has also opened a co- working space called e Park and has paid for neighborhood murals, including one that reads: Shelby Park: Building something bigger than ourselves together. Commercial investment beyond Access Ventures is picking up, with places like Logan Street Market coming soon and Tim Faulkner Gallery moving to Shelby Park from Portland last year. Access Ventures has intentionally slowed the real estate side of investment in Shelby Park. (It has sold three homes and still owns rentals.) Its focus is to analyze what impact the investments have had in Shelby Park. "e response to gentri…cation is not: Let's not do any development," Butler says. "It's: Let's do it at a pace so that residents can participate in the improvement in the community." In 1963, at a bakery on Shelby Street that shuttered long ago, Ann Ames met her husband. It was November, the week before JFK was assassinated, and there in a booth was Ed Ames, a friend of a friend. She was 19, too nervous to eat. "You don't eat a doughnut in front of someone you want to impress!" she says with a smile. Six weeks later, the two got married. ree years later, they bought a brick camelback house on Camp Street from the aunts of Victor Mature, an actor famous in the 1950s. "I've lived here 52 years," the 74-year-old says, leaning on the armrest of her living room couch. "For me, this is the best neighborhood." e mother of …ve children worked in JCPS for 38 years, mostly at Myzeek Middle School, about a mile from her home. Ames' role as "home school coordinator" required helping kids and families with any issue that might impede learning. She helped bury parents, arranged for medical care and clothing, even drove kids to and from Myzeek, a few middle- schoolers collecting on her corner religiously in the pre-dawn gray light. When Ames and her husband moved into Shelby Park, the neighborhood had a no- frills sensibility. ere was a small market, a clothing store and pharmacy over on Shelby Street. Her neighbor would wake early every morning and have her kids' fresh laundry drying on the line by 5:30 a.m., then straight to the corner she'd go to catch the bus to her job at a factory in west Louisville. Some of her other neighbors worked as school cafeteria cooks and at hotel front desks. Across the street in a small, dark-brown apartment "The response to gentrification is not: Let's not do any development. It's: Let's do it at a pace so that residents can participate in the improvement in the community."

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