Beargrass News Roundup: 08/08/2019

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

Introducing.....Beargrass News! We've had a lot of positive response to the news roundup segments, and want to be able to brand our message a bit more, and post it whenever we feel like because deadlines are hell anyway.

Our articles revolve around these two main points:

  • We want a city and state where all neighborhoods and generations can traverse our region with or without a car.

  • Kentucky is great because of its natural beauty, and cities and nature can coexist without 1950s-era rules and regulations.

By advocating for what we want to replicate in Louisville, hopefully we can find like-minded people to help support our message (Looking at you, elected officials)!

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Want to Get Caught Up with West End News?

Louisville has a lot going on, in every neighborhood of the city. We also (still) have a HEAVILY segregated city -- as in Top 5 nationally kind of segregated. This didn't happen by accident. Look at data from the 2010 Census, courtesy of the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Do you notice the white space of parking lots and interstates separating black (green) residents from white (blue)?

For our city to thrive, we have to stop being scared of going to places outside of your culture or neighborhood. Inequality affects everyone, and shutting people out of jobs and economic opportunity keeps the whole city down. There are some amazing people doing some amazing things here, and we need to lift them up.

I know some of our readers haven't been in the West End since accidentally driving past 9th Street when you were going to Museum Row, but check out these publications and give some help and outreach to our neighbors.

West of Ninth

A great website (and featured in LEO!) on real people and their lives in the eight neighborhoods - California,Algonquin, Shawnee, Park Hill, Portland, Russell, Chickasaw, and ParkDuValle - that make up the West End. Just like the Highlands, the West End has neighborhoods that have their own culture and businesses. Russell and Portland have both been in the news for the amount of new investment and infrastructure being reinvested back into the neighborhood.

Louisville Urban League

A regional powerhouse that has already secured millions of dollars in investment to West End projects, including a new initiative to build a track and field complex on a former tobacco factory site.

Colors for West Louisville

A new newspaper that promises to give a fair commission to potential salespeople, Colors for West Louisville founder, Rev. Gerome Sutton of the African American Think Tank , created the paper to combat the negative one-sided coverage usually attributed to crime or other negative stories.

“Can’t nobody outside our community tell our story like us. I wouldn’t be arrogant enough, or conceited enough, to think I can tell the story of somebody that lives in the Highlands. But I can tell the story of a resident of the West End and a black man living in America. Colors will tell it exact, precise and to the point,” (Insider Louisville, Jones M., 2019)

Salespeople will walk a traditional newspaper beat , promoting face to face community interaction and commerce.