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MAR 2017

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80 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 some updating. She finished the basement. She knocked out the wall between the kitchen and breakfast nook to give herself more space. A brown-and-gold backsplash, new cabinets and a farmhouse sink give the kitchen a modern touch. When she moved in, the stairwell was "green foil and pink flamingo wallpaper." When she took it down, she found some 12 layers of wallpaper, a colorful history of the home. Now the wallpaper is gone, and the taupe stairwell is awaiting a new banister that will arrive after upstairs renovations — like turning two bedrooms on the second floor into a master suite — are complete. Whitlock is vice president and chief development officer at the Urban League, and recently she offered to give someone a ride home. "He said, 'Yeah, but I live in the West End,'" she says. "And I was like, 'OK, because I live in the West End too.' He said something like, 'I just didn't think someone with your job would live in the West End.'" Jacque and Coneshia Morris Chickasaw Jacque and Coneshia Morris looked for a home in Shelby Park before finding their place in Chickasaw with help from the Urban League's REBOUND program, which builds or refurbishes housing in west Louisville. e Morrises (Jacque does ministry work and Coneshia fills in as a secretary and occupational therapist at a couple hospitals) moved in in September 2015, and soon after, a neighbor across the street filled them in on all the neighborhood information — including the story of the previous owner, a man who had worked to make a beautiful home for his wife by adding details like dentil crown molding, ogee-style archways and wood paneling. e man left the home after his wife died, and it remained vacant before REBOUND picked it up and renovated it with input from the Morrises. It's a fitting history for Jacque and Coneshia, who met 15 years ago when Jacque was bused from his home in west Louisville to Westport Middle School, near where Coneshia lived. ey've been together since. Windows in the upstairs master bedroom offer a view of the Ohio River. e family spends a lot of time in the basement, finished with a family room, a home office and a playroom for two young daughters, who also enjoy running in the front yard. "I fell in love with the house before they renovated," says Coneshia, who was able to see past the outdated carpet that hid beautiful wood floors. "I was like, 'I really see where this house can go.'" Beverly and Donald Jones Park DuValle Somewhere in Park DuValle is a tree that Beverly Jones planted when she was little, a prize she received from winning an essay contest about conservation. After that, her parents moved the family to Shelby Park. She didn't stay away from the West End for long. "We like to call it the Best End," she says with a laugh. Almost 50 years ago, Beverly and Donald got married, and they have spent their lives together in West End neighborhoods. e couple built this home 14 years ago, when Park DuValle began finding new life as a mixed- income development following the demolition of the Cotter and Lang projects. After raising three kids, retirement had the Joneses looking to downsize. Fewer rooms, less yard to mow. At first, Beverly was skeptical about the new Park DuValle. "After the neighborhood started to develop, I thought, 'OK, this is a great idea,'" she says. e couple spent about $100,000 on the home. Costs have been low since then — a roof replacement, some painting, light maintenance. Homeowners designed their houses from a catalog of choices, which has created a cohesive neighborhood of two- story homes and duplexes. e subdivision is clean and quiet. After school, groups of teens walk to a community center. roughout the Jones home, family photos sit on shelves. Comfortable seating faces an electric fireplace. Warm tones cover the walls. "We don't ask anyone to take their shoes off when they come in," Donald says. "We want our home to be livable."

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