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JUN 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 6.19 83 building (Access Ventures now owns it), Ames would watch a woman meticulously wash her windows every Saturday. After 52 years here, Ames can't recall a speci•c timeline of when the neighborhood changed. It's scattered memories — deciding never to return to the park in 1970-something after being called a "bitch," lying on her living room „oor as a SWAT team raided apartments across the street in 1980-something. Mostly she remembers her former students and their di‰cult lives here in the '90s and 2000s. "Šey can break your heart or •ll you with pride," says Ames, who retired three years ago. She knew Troya Sheckles, a witness in a murder trial who, at age 31, was shot and killed in Shelby Park. "She was a good girl," Ames says, sadly. Two of the boys Ames always drove to school ended up in prison for killing someone. So when Ames says that she doesn't "see as many kids walking around with red bandanas because, you know, this is Blood country," it's a real observation. Violent crime and robberies have decreased over the last three years. After a record seven murders in 2016 (a particularly violent year citywide) there haven't been any murders since 2017. LMPD Major Josh Judah, who oversees Shelby Park and surrounding neighborhoods, says the decrease in crime is a result of more targeted policing, an e–ort to lock up the "worst of the worst." Drug crime remains high, but Judah says it's not disproportionate to other inner-city neighborhoods in his division. After decades spent avoiding the park just down the street, Ames has started visiting again, often with a few of her 16 grandkids. It's a lovely bene•t of progress. It even softens the blow of her property taxes rising from about $200 to $500 annually in the last •ve years. She tries to keep track of families shu™ed by the revitalization of Shelby Park and Smoketown. "A lot of them live out by Churchill Downs now," Ames says. Her husband died at home this past fall after 55 years of marriage and a long struggle with pulmonary disease. Neighbors, old and new, fed her, prayed with her, hugged her. It's hard living alone. But she can't imagine detaching herself from Shelby Park. "I'll be going out the way Ed did," she says. "Out the back, down the ramp and into Bosse's (funeral) car." In my time in Shelby Park I am asked, "Have you talked to Chip?" at least a dozen but maybe 100 times. As president of the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association, those who know Chip Rogalinski describe him as "Mr. Shelby Park," and as a "force of nature." His M.O., in brief: Gather involved neighbors, bundle all the goodwill, push, push, push and voila —§this place looks a lot nicer! Plant 500 trees in •ve years? Done. Ask Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith to get eight of those $600 iron trashcans with the neighborhood's name on them? Check. Pole banners? Yes. Historic markers? Let's get four or •ve. Next? How about an elegant entrance to Shelby Park? Rumor has it that Rogalinski convinced Mike Safai, an entrepreneur and owner of Safai Co–ee, to go through with the Logan Street Market, in the space that was originally going to serve as Safai's roasting headquarters and a beer hall. Rogalinski and neighbors also helped in„uence the decision to include a weekly farmers' market, where low-income customers can pay what they can a–ord for fresh food. (Save-A-Lot closed abruptly last fall in Shelby Park and several residents voice to me the need for a grocery within walking distance.) Rogalinski spent his childhood mostly in the South End, and when he bought a renovated For advertising information call 625-0100 or email: advertising@loumag.com Publishing in Louisville Magazine August 2019 Top Doctors

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