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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Class Notes 1/8


Notes from Community Engagement Class 1 

Meet at the Bazaar. 

  1. Steven- works at the Bazaar- local bands play there, proceeds from the thrift store and coffee shop go towards a men’s and women’s shelter, night market is hosted on location . 
  1. Marty- North Limestone Neighborhood Association President- found out that the neighborhood had needs unmet while he was working on renovating homes in the neighborhood. 
  • Got involved in the neighborhood in 1998 and in 2000 the North Limestone Neighborhood Association was formed
  • Some of the associations top values include green space, diversity and public arts. 
  • We have a neighborhood tour with Marty Thursday
  1. Griffin- grew up around Bryan Station - as a child was just driving through the NoLi neighborhood his parents told him not to look out the window- perception changed when he moved into the neighborhood in 2006 
  • Arlington School was being torn down, Marty saved it and it went through a 12 million dollar renovation. 

How Lexington became Lexington- people came through lexington by the frontier highway and the Transylvania Land Company, area was critical in the western migration, lots of industrial outcropping and railroads 

  • this industrial and agricultural push led for a need of workforce housing, developed by Joseph Luigard. 
-major development in this are occurred in 1850, 1880 and 1885 

  • This neighborhood was viable until the 1960’s and continued to plummet into the 1980’s due to suburbanization, mass transit, interstates. Multi-modal planning destroyed by urbanization 
  • Many homeowners did not stick out the stagnation that occurred during this period. 
  • Predatory businesses such as liquor stores begin to infiltrate the NoLi neighborhood. They don’t promote stable property and promote the urban decay. Crime, low access to education and lack of employment is the result. 
  • Stella’s Deli opens and the neighborhood has hope 
  • Les Miller buys Al’s Bar, Griffin then starts to buy and renovate other properties in the area in hopes of boosting the image of the neighborhood. 
  • Griffin then takes on the role of the “sign waiver” of NoLi, he engages and connects people in the community. 
  • He then realizes the importance of programming in the neighborhood, begins Bullhorn to change what people think about design in Lexington and Kentucky (Kentucky Kicks Ass campaign)
  • Richard and Griffin then are inspired to apply for a grant that facilitates creative making in neighborhoods- received $425,000 to fix up homes and sell them to artists in hopes of stabilizing the neighborhood even more. 
  1. Richard - Both Richard and Griffin are now going after more grant money for the neighborhood 
Some current things going on include.... 
  • North Limestone Music Works- 23 children at Arlington Elementary have 2-3 hours of music instruction a week, promoting social change through music. Similar programs have had great success and have been shown to improve children’s standardized test scores. 
  • Night Market- artists and makers can come to sell their products and pieces while a street is closed down. Promotes mingling between neighbors and non-neighbors. Large economic impact on the neighborhood. 
  • North Limestone Vibrancy Map- a map with all the businesses on NoLi. These maps will be distributed to the welcome center etc. 

Inspirational Quote from Class- “ Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but is a hammer to shape it”


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