West Louisville http://wfpl.org en Louisville Mayor Says Demolishing Beecher Terrace Would Take Time http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-says-demolishing-beecher-terrace-would-take-time <p></p><p>The plans to tear down Louisville's largest remaining public housing complex will take at least a decade to be finalized, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.</p><p>Talks began last week about <a href="/post/what-beecher-terrace-residents-and-neighbors-say-about-complexs-possible-demolition">razing Beecher Terrace,</a> a 760-unit complex near Ninth Street&nbsp;and Muhammad Ali Blvd in West Louisville.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9703 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Says Demolishing Beecher Terrace Would Take Time Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More http://wfpl.org/post/listen-news-special-louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-discusses-downtown-violence-walmart-and-more <p>Mayor Greg Fischer joined us &nbsp;Monday afternoon for an hour-long call-in special. He discussed the <a href="http://wfpl.org/term/2014-louisville-budget-proposal">city budget</a>, downtown violence (and the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/listen-misidentified-4-say-they-have-lost-faith-louisville-metro-police">alleged racial profiling</a> that followed in its wake), and other recent developments in Louisville.</p><p>Listen below:</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:20:20 +0000 Laura Ellis 9675 at http://wfpl.org Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More Community Organization NC3's Closure a 'Huge Loss' to Louisville, Former Participant Says http://wfpl.org/post/community-organization-nc3s-closure-huge-loss-louisville-former-participant-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Keishanna Hughes would be "lost" had</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Network Center for Community Change staff members never knocked on the door of her&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sheppard Square home.</span></p><p>“I would probably be somewhere in the projects feeling like a mother that had no chance because I didn’t know where to get the support from," she said.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:38:25 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9566 at http://wfpl.org Community Organization NC3's Closure a 'Huge Loss' to Louisville, Former Participant Says West Louisville Neighborhoods Seek One-Year Ban on Transitional Housing http://wfpl.org/post/west-louisville-neighborhoods-seek-one-year-ban-transitional-housing <p>Homeowners in two West Louisville neighborhoods are fed up with the influx of transitional housing and are seeking to ban such units in their part of the city for at least a year.</p><p>Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, is sponsoring the ordinance, which would impose a 12-month moratorium on granting any permits for the construction or establishment of such units in the Shawnee and Chickasaw neighborhoods.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:04:37 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9305 at http://wfpl.org West Louisville Neighborhoods Seek One-Year Ban on Transitional Housing Rand Paul Holds Economic Freedom Zones Roundtable in West Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-holds-economic-freedom-zones-roundtable-west-louisville <p>Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., met with nearly a dozen community and business leaders in Louisville on Monday to discuss his push for Economic Freedom Zones in the city’s West End.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposal would <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/senator-rand-paul-proposes-economic-freedom-zones-detroit-other-depressed-areas">dramatically cut income and corporate tax rates</a> for companies and job creators, and eliminate the capital gains tax.</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:55:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9232 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Holds Economic Freedom Zones Roundtable in West Louisville Organizers Hope 5K Will Help Bolster Investment In West Louisville's Russell Neighborhood http://wfpl.org/post/organizers-hope-5k-will-help-bolster-investment-west-louisvilles-russell-neighborhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Community leaders in west Louisville’s Russell neighborhood are hopeful an event this weekend will attract investors into an area of the city that some say is isolated and neglected, but full of potential.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:14:08 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9200 at http://wfpl.org Organizers Hope 5K Will Help Bolster Investment In West Louisville's Russell Neighborhood Louisville's Simmons College Gets National Accreditation http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-simmons-college-gets-national-accreditation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Simmons College of Kentucky has become the state’s first private, historically black college to receive national accreditation.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The accreditation was awarded on earlier this month by the <a href="http://www.abhe.org/">Association of Biblical Higher Education</a>, an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.</p><p>With the recognition, Simmons will become the nation’s 107<sup>th</sup> Historically Black College and University and be eligible for a $300,000 annual grant from the Department of Education.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:54:24 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8682 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Simmons College Gets National Accreditation Alison Lundergan Grimes Web Ad Features Former Democratic Aide http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-web-ad-features-former-democratic-aide <p>Saying Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has abandoned Kentucky values, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new web ad Tuesday ripping the GOP leader's record.</p><p>The video features west Louisville mother Tanesha Booker, who outlines why she believes McConnell is out of touch. She goes on to say McConnell makes her nervous about her 6-year-old daughter's future.</p><p>"We are fighters in the West End," she says. "We're fighting to take care of our families. We're fighting to fulfill our dreams."</p><p>Watch:</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:51:10 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8557 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Web Ad Features Former Democratic Aide 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' Noise and Notes: Stop Ignoring West Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-stop-ignoring-west-louisville <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F85697842" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Stop ignoring the West End!</p><p>At least that’s the message from a <a href="http://loumag.epubxp.com/i/111400">recent Louisville Magazine cover story</a> about the nine neighborhoods encompassing west Louisville.</p><p>The 38-page exposé tells the community's history, and also outlined the current disparities in income, property values and education levels. Many know anecdotally about the so-called Ninth Street Divide, but the stark realities when compared to the East End is eye-opening.</p><p>Statistics show residents in east Louisville make three times more and seven times as many have a bachelor's degree or higher than their West End counterparts.</p><p>It's a bleak picture of the predominately African-American part of the city, which is increasingly isolated.</p><p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 02:50:32 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4756 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Stop Ignoring West Louisville