Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Does Anybody Care?

Does anybody (black and who lives outside of west Louisville) care what happens to West Louisville? This is a question that I've been asking myself recently. I know there are several very committed neighborhood activist, but as whole do we care?

If you look around west Louisville, Smoketown, Newburgh, and Berrytown/Griffeytown the answer would be no. Our neighborhoods are in such disrepair that it's not even funny. Even worse is that our people are in worse shape, but nobody seems to be alarmed or upset. What has happened to us as a people?

What types of investments have we made in our communities to strengthen them? Look at Portland. Gill Holland and other young business men/women and buying properties in Portland for redevelopment as we speak. Even better than that is that young professionals are slowly moving back into Portland to help revitalize that historic neighborhood. Do you think that black folks will invest in their historic neighborhoods?

As we as a people continue our backward slide, we will only have ourselves to blame, because only we can pull ourselves up.  

1 comment:

  1. This shit kills me. The west end has some of Louisville's most beautiful homes. Smoketown is rich with history and it's like no one cares.

    I know what you're saying. In Valley Station, there's not much architectural style or anything, but the area has some historic elements that are mostly ignored or disregarded. The new people don't know shit about their hood and don't really care. But they're the first to complain about not having any good retail or bus service. I don't know what the answer is man, but you have got a good, thought provoking piece here.