Louisville Magazine

JUN 2019

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84 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 6.19 shotgun ("My shotgun mansion," he calls it) eight years ago in Shelby Park, he says he didn't know much about the neighborhood. A fan of Billy Hertz, he liked that the gallery was nearby. "My parents thought I was crazy," he says with a smile. " ey didn't see the value in it." ey do now. Vacant properties have decreased to about 200. New walkways and play equipment were added to the park this year. Rogalinski is an empty-nester, only two dogs — Halen (as in Van Halen) and Sahara — with him. He has thrown‰himself into the neighborhood for the last seven years, oŠcially and unoŠcially. "We want this to be the epitome of a true, blended neighborhood," he says. He connected House of Ruth with River City Housing, a nonproŽt housing developer, and urged along a project that's under construction on Kentucky Street — a duplex that will rent to low-income men and women with HIV or AIDS. Rogalinski recruited River City Housing into the neighborhood by taking its executive director, Becky Roehrig, on a walking tour a few years ago. (He adores walking tours.) River City has plans to work on a total of Žve properties in the neighborhood. Roehrig says her goal is to ensure Shelby Park residents — those who earn 80 percent of the area's annual median income or less — can move into River City homes. is summer, a woman who has rented in the neighborhood for years will take part in a federal homeownership program that permits her Section 8 voucher to go toward mortgage payments. When the Žve houses are complete, Roehrig says that will likely end her group's time in Shelby Park. Acquiring properties is near impossible these days. "We would probably get out-bid," she says. "So that's why it's important that what we are working on in Shelby Park goes to people in the neighborhood." Blending old and new is tense work — not Žghts-and-snarls tense, but gut-check tense. Perhaps that's why the suburbs appeal to many, all easy living and uniformity. At a recent Shelby Park Neighborhood Association meeting, the issue of neighborhood kids riding dirt bikes and scooters in the park is

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