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Politics
2:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Prefers Urban-Style Walmart, Has Concern About Cost

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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.

Last month, a coalition of residents and preservationists held a forum calling on Walmart and the city to build a more urban-styled store to benefit pedestrians and public transit users.

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Politics
2:27 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Walmart Job Openings Trump Store Design, Says Louisville Civil Rights Group

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Though a coalition of west Louisville neighborhood leaders are demanding an urban-styled Walmart, a prominent civil rights organization says the 300 expected jobs matter more to residents.

Those who oppose a suburban superstore for the 18th & 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.

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Politics
6:43 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Walmart at 18th and Broadway in Louisville Expected to be Announced Monday

The former Philip Morris site at 18th and Broadway

A former Louisville Metro Councilwoman is saying a Walmart is coming to 18th and Broadway in Louisville, and an official announcement will be made Monday morning.

Denise Bentley, who left the council in 2005, posted to Facebook Friday saying "Walmart is coming to 18th and Broadway!"

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Politics
4:08 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

West Louisville Neighborhood Leaders Want Transparency in 'Walmart Deal'

The old Philip Morris site at 18th and Broadway

Neighborhood leaders in west Louisville want more information about a development project at the old Philip Morris plant.

Last November, WFPL reported a deal was in the works to bring a Walmart to the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway in the California area.

Since then community leaders, labor groups and elected officials have engaged in an at times fiercely worded debate over the retail giant.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Neighborhood Leader Troubled by Councilman David James' Crime Crackdown in Victory Park

LMPD Major Bill Kristofeck and California neighborhood leader Michael Ballard argue about policing in Victory Park
Credit Phillip M. Bailey/WFPL

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.

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.  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.

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 (here, here, and here) and are known to operate in and around the area.

James says residents are committed to taking back the park from gang members, however.

"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."

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Politics
1:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

City Leaders, Boy Scouts of America Unveil New After School Program

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.

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.

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.

Fischer says the task of combating violence starts with the youngest children, but it won’t be successful unless everyone participates.

"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.

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