Author Archives: amarshall

Demolitions. Foreclosures. Progress?

In west Louisville, 3313 Hale Ave. will fall. The city has cited the crumbling, white, two-story home 90 times since 2002. One could call it an eyesore. For that reason, Mayor Greg Fischer applauds the demolition scheduled for this afternoon, as well as other efforts being made to address the city’s estimated 6,000-7,000 vacant and […]

Activist and scholar, J. Blaine Hudson, dies

J. Blaine Hudson’s deep, wise voice carried like the gentle turn of a page. When he spoke, people listened, be it a room full of college students, average citizens or political leaders. This past week, the longtime educator, activist, scholar, and leading voice in Louisville’s African-American community died at just 63 years old. Ricky Jones […]

Community invited to talk fair housing


 A half-century has passed since the Civil Rights movement, yet racial division persists in Louisville’s housing patterns. According to a 2010 report by the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, Louisville ranked as the 26th most segregated of 150 metropolitan areas, with 45 percent of Louisville residents living in extreme segregation. The highest concentration of African-Americans in […]

Louisville rules

OK, let’s end this year on a high note. Not surprisingly, someone at the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau has dutifully kept tabs on every accolade our city has received this past year in both print and online publications. With just days left in 2012, the email was sent to media outlets today. Drum roll, […]

New KIDS Count report focuses on education

A new report out today from Kentucky Youth Advocates focuses on education but also shows close to a quarter of Kentucky’s kids live in poverty. For 22 years, KYA has released a County Data Book monitoring the health and well-being of Kentucky’s 1 million children. This county data book is part of Kentucky’s KIDS Count […]

Construction on the way at Sheppard Square

It’s all official. This morning at the Presbyterian Community Center, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Mayor Greg Fischer joined the Louisville Metro Housing Authority in kicking off the redevelopment of Sheppard Square in Smoketown. The $101 million redevelopment of the historic, 70-year-old Sheppard Square public housing complex marks Louisville’s third and final HOPE VI […]

A few steps back in the quest for 55,000 degrees

As former Mayor Jerry Abramson’s reign in Louisville came to a close, an ambitious goal was set: 55,000 Degrees. The hybrid business/education initiative is aimed at increasing the number of college degree holders in the city by 55,000 (with at least 40,000 being bachelor’s degrees) by 2020. Today, 55k released a report showing that the […]

It was the test of times; it was the worst of times.

With a row of colorful, explanatory pie charts lined up behind her, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens opted for an upbeat take on today’s grim news. Today, of course, marked the release of test scores showing how the district stacked up under a new accountability system dubbed, “Unbridled Learning.” “We did better than […]

Violence Prevention Work Group releases report

In the weeks following the chaotic May 17 shootings that left three dead and three wounded in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood, Mayor Greg Fischer announced the formation of a Violence Prevention Work Group, comprised of 37 members, from judges and pastors to business leaders. For the last few months, the committees met and devised roughly 80 […]

U of L closing dorm due to mold

Well this is no way to start off college life. Miller Hall, a coed freshman dorm with 270 residents, is closing due to high levels of mold. Eighty percent of the dorm’s rooms reportedly have mold growing. Students will move to hotels or U of L affiliated housing. The university is also asking students from […]