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JUL 2018

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gocards.com/tickets LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 101 crew. An LG&E bill and eviction pa- perwork sit on a high-top kitchen table that will soon vanish from its corner and join furnishings under the sun. Two men watch across the street from a stoop. One woman pops her head from a window with green shutters. "It's always a show," one of the men in the crew says. Deputy Linsey Ongoy, a compact Hawaii native, has been on eviction duty for nine years. He's easygoing and warm, often delivering moments of reflection. A few months before today, he stood in an apartment in Dosker Manor, a 685- unit public-housing complex stacked into three, well-worn towers just east of downtown. A man on the set-out crew wore what looked like a white hazmat suit to protect against bed bugs. Roaches also emerged as contents exited. Some fled for cover. One hung above a door- frame, watching the show. Ongoy entered an apartment with a mattress on the floor, pictures of kids tacked to a corkboard, a white plastic chair and a radio playing soothing R&B. "is is all they had. It's just sad. Not to say anything bad, but it makes you glad you listened to your parents," Ongoy says, then pauses. "But some people don't have choices." Outside the apartment, pigeons swooped from one tower to the next in a synchronized arc. Someone in the crew hollered to a supervisor standing on a terrace a few floors below: "Carlos! We need a key!" On to the next place. On this day, at the South Louisville apartment, Ongoy surveys belongings scattered on the light-brown carpet. Shot glasses tumble from a coffee table. "A lot of people are concerned with parties, not taking life seriously," he says. "Rent comes up and they say, 'Eh, next paycheck.' ey don't realize they're not supposed to pay late. It's just sad. Especially couples with kids." A mem- ber of the moving crew echoes Ongoy: "Especially when its kids, man." In less than 30 minutes, the apartment feels deflated, a disappearing act but for trash and knickknacks. Next, a high-ceilinged shotgun house on Bank Street in the Portland neigh- borhood. Ongoy recognizes the house as they walk through hip-high grass and weeds to the front door. He's been here to hang eviction papers before. But the tenants and landlord always seem to work it out. is is the first time he's been here for a set-out. "is is a

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