California neighborhood http://wfpl.org en Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Prefers Urban-Style Walmart, Has Concern About Cost http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-prefers-urban-style-walmart-has-concern-about-cost <p>Mayor Greg Fischer agrees with neighborhood leaders who favor an urban design for the planned Walmart coming to west Louisville, but he warns the potential for extra cost could be a roadblock.</p><p>Last month, a coalition of residents and preservationists held a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/neighborhood-leaders-residents-slam-west-louisville-walmarts-suburban-design">forum calling on Walmart and the city to build a more urban-styled store</a> to benefit pedestrians and public transit users.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:56:03 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9692 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Prefers Urban-Style Walmart, Has Concern About Cost Walmart Job Openings Trump Store Design, Says Louisville Civil Rights Group http://wfpl.org/post/walmart-job-openings-trump-store-design-says-louisville-civil-rights-group <p>Though a&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/neighborhood-leaders-residents-slam-west-louisville-walmarts-suburban-design">coalition of west Louisville neighborhood leaders are demanding an urban-styled Walmart</a>, a prominent civil rights organization says the 300 expected jobs matter more to residents.</p><p>Those who oppose a suburban superstore for the 18th &amp; Broadway location want Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials to stand up to the big-box retailer, which is seeking an exemption from the city's land code.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:27:59 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9605 at http://wfpl.org Walmart Job Openings Trump Store Design, Says Louisville Civil Rights Group Walmart at 18th and Broadway in Louisville Expected to be Announced Monday http://wfpl.org/post/walmart-18th-and-broadway-louisville-expected-be-announced-monday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A former Louisville Metro Councilwoman is saying a Walmart is coming to </span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Broadway in Louisville, and an official announcement will be made Monday morning.</span></p><p>Denise Bentley, who left the council in 2005, posted to Facebook Friday saying "Walmart is coming to 18th and Broadway!"</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:43:26 +0000 Gabe Bullard & Phillip M. Bailey 8944 at http://wfpl.org Walmart at 18th and Broadway in Louisville Expected to be Announced Monday West Louisville Neighborhood Leaders Want Transparency in 'Walmart Deal' http://wfpl.org/post/west-louisville-neighborhood-leaders-want-transparency-walmart-deal <p>Neighborhood leaders in west Louisville want more information about a development project at the old Philip Morris plant.</p><p>Last November, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/walmart-deal-coming-philip-morris-site-west-louisville-sources-say">WFPL reported a deal was in the works to bring a Walmart</a> to the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway in the California area.</p><p>Since then community leaders, labor groups and elected officials have engaged in an at times fiercely worded debate over the retail giant.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8461 at http://wfpl.org West Louisville Neighborhood Leaders Want Transparency in 'Walmart Deal' Neighborhood Leader Troubled by Councilman David James' Crime Crackdown in Victory Park http://wfpl.org/post/neighborhood-leader-troubled-councilman-david-james-crime-crackdown-victory-park <p>Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6, joined police officers on a safety walk in the Victory Park area to alert residents about increased enforcement this summer, but neighborhood leaders worry the heavier presence will result in harassment and profiling.</p><p>Metro Police knocked on doors throughout the California neighborhood on Tuesday passing out fliers about cracking down on gambling, firearms and alcohol consumption in the park. &nbsp;The officers will also put a particular focus on drug sales in Victory Park, which has synonymous with a well-known street gang over the years.</p><p>Since the late 1990s, members of a group dubbed the Victory Park Crips have been involved in several high-profiled shootings and homicides in the city (<a href="http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=3144561">here</a>, <a href="http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?s=2197231">here</a>, and <a href="http://www.whas11.com/news/crimetracker/5-Louisville-indicted-on-murder-charges-171331921.html">here</a>) and are known to operate in and around the area.</p><p>James says residents are committed to taking back the park from gang members, however.</p><p>"Families that live in this area want to be able to be in the park without bad things going on in the park," he says. "They want to be in the park without people drinking in the park; they want to be in the park without people shooting dice in the park; and they want to be in the park without people selling drugs in the park. They want to be able to live in their neighborhood and in safe environment just like everybody else in this community."</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 21:22:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5588 at http://wfpl.org Neighborhood Leader Troubled by Councilman David James' Crime Crackdown in Victory Park City Leaders, Boy Scouts of America Unveil New After School Program http://wfpl.org/post/city-leaders-boy-scouts-america-unveil-new-after-school-program <p>The Boy Scouts of America is forming a partnership with Louisville Metro Government for a new after school pilot program to help at-risk youth and teach them needed skills to deal with drugs and violence.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials unveiled the NOVA Center on Monday, which will involve the Boy Scouts, Jefferson County Public Schools and Metro Parks in the California neighborhood.</p><p>It will take in more than three dozen student from Wheatley Elementary, who will be recommended from the schools' family resource center. NOVA will offer math and science tutoring, as well as life skills and mentoring on how to avoid alcohol, drug abuse and bullying.</p><p>Fischer says the task of combating violence starts with the youngest children, but it won’t be successful unless everyone participates.</p><p>"And so the Boy Scouts stepping up here should really be applauded. It’s a way they’re going to be directly affecting the lives of these kids one student at a time. And whether you look at 55,000 degrees or 15,000 degrees, people often say ‘how can you get it done?’ And I give them the same answer: you get it done one student at a time. It’s not easy," he says.</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:57:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4312 at http://wfpl.org