This is a pivotal moment for west Louisville. There’s a track and field complex planned, a new YMCA in the works, and the renovation of Beecher Terrace. But as property values rise, so do property taxes, and that can be a hardship for the people already living there.
Is this revitalization? Or gentrification? Here Today will track the changes in Louisville’s West End, and tell the stories of the people who call it home.
Jonese Franklin is WFPL’s News Editor. Franklin, a Versailles native, came to WFPL from WEKU in Richmond, Ky., where she was news content manager. Franklin has also worked at WUKY in Lexington and WMKY in Morehead, Ky.
Amina Elahi is the City Reporter at WFPL. Her coverage includes following the city’s business and civic leaders and reporting on how their decisions affect local communities. A Chicago-area native, she is interested in issues of diversity and opportunity. Prior to joining WFPL, Elahi covered technology, innovation and business for the Chicago Tribune. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Kyeland Jackson is an Associate Producer for WFPL News. He grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication from the University of Louisville, where he wrote for the student newspaper, The Louisville Cardinal. He’s covered a wide range of topics including politics, environment, crime and culture. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, he tutors at the Western Branch Public Library.
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