Fischer Forms Work Group to Address West End Issues

Mayor Greg Fischer has assembled a work group to address violence in west Louisville. U of L Arts and Sciences Dean Blaine Hudson will chair the group, and the rest of the members will be chosen from civic organizations, government, churches and the business community. The group will first take count of all the youth… Continue reading Fischer Forms Work Group to Address West End Issues

James Launches First Annual ‘Light Up California’ Event

Seeking to bring a west Louisville neighborhood together, Councilman David James, D-6, is launching the first ever “Light Up California” event. Similar to Light Up Louisville, the event will include live musical performances by the choir of First Gethsemane Baptist Church and the River City Drum Corps. The festivities will also include James welcoming a… Continue reading James Launches First Annual ‘Light Up California’ Event

West Louisville Group Rallies to Save Thanksgiving Tradition

Several community groups have come together to help continue a Thanksgiving Day tradition in west Louisville at the recently closed Parkland Boys & Girls Club. In October, the Salvation Army shut down four area Boys and Girls Clubs due to a budget shortfall. One of the facilities that closed was the community center in the… Continue reading West Louisville Group Rallies to Save Thanksgiving Tradition

West Louisville Factory Adds Jobs With Federal Funds

A West Louisville company is doing something unusual in the current economy: expanding production and bringing work back to America from another country. Demetrics McCown was looking for a job for a year-and-a-half before landing his position with Mesa Foods. “I came here and put in an application, two weeks later I came in, I… Continue reading West Louisville Factory Adds Jobs With Federal Funds

Shawnee Library Reopens

An improved Shawnee Library will open Saturday after being closed eight months for a $1.3 million upgrade. The project has nearly doubled the space for the west Louisville branch, which is located on 40th and Broadway, adding news books and computers, and a children and teenage area. The work included a two-floor expansion that added… Continue reading Shawnee Library Reopens

Here and Now Wednesday: Rain and Floods, the Obama Birth Certificate, West Louisville Neighborhoods

Here’s what we have planned for today at 1pm: The White House has released the long form version of President Obama’s birth certificate, showing that Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 pm on Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, within the city limits of Honolulu. Speaking today, the President said… Continue reading Here and Now Wednesday: Rain and Floods, the Obama Birth Certificate, West Louisville Neighborhoods

Housing Coalition to Host Vacant Properties Summit

With lower property values and a lack of affordable housing plaguing the city, the Louisville Metropolitan Housing Coalition hopes an upcoming summit will address the growing crisis. A January report prepared by the non-profit group revealed the majority of vacant homes are concentrated in west Louisville. The 2010 Census confirmed the report’s data and found… Continue reading Housing Coalition to Host Vacant Properties Summit

Food Advocate Questions Fischer’s McDonald’s Appearance

After celebrating the renovation of a McDonald’s in west Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer was called out by a member of his own recently-formed Food Policy Council who was disappointed in the message it sent to food justice advocates. The fast food restaurant at 28th and Broadway was closed for a few months for remodeling, but… Continue reading Food Advocate Questions Fischer’s McDonald’s Appearance

West Louisville Population Shrinks

Following a national trend, demographic trends in Louisville  indicate that more African-Americans are leaving the urban core and moving to the suburbs. The city’s black population grew 18 percent over the past decade to 154,246, according to census figures analyzed by the Courier-Journal. However, the growth was not in the historically black neighborhoods in the West… Continue reading West Louisville Population Shrinks