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Monday, January 30, 2017

Class notes 1/11/17

Here are the class notes from our first Wednesday night class at the Wild Fig Bookstore. Thank you, Katie, for providing them! :)





Angela Baldridge
  • The Plantory
  • Goal - more connected, sustainable coalition center
  • Modeled after Center for Social Innovation in Canada
  • Located at Jefferson and 6th
  • Offers conference rooms, galleries, and is utilized by 71 organizations
  • Personally got started through neighborhood associations
  • Workshops led by those in community
  • Looks as close as possible first for materials, etc.

Thomas Tolliver
  • Previously a newspaper reporter at the Herald Leader
  • Bought a house downtown in the East End, which he categorized as Elm Tree and east there on
  • Began to learn history of the neighborhood
  • Rebirth of downtown
  • Activism to save history
  • Horse racing history 1826-1933 race track
  • Old Keeneland as a nickname - black jockeys
  • Isaac Murphy memorial art garden
  • First jockey to win the Derby 3 times
  • $85,000 for memorial art piece
  • Currently raising the money
  • Can use their ampitheater for class
  • East End preservation Project
  • 4 people recognized, including 8 year old who lived in East End his whole life
  • History of houses, but also the stories of the people who inhabit them
  • Also recommends getting involved with Neighborhood Associations

Drew
  • Used to be North Limestone Neighborhood Association President
  • Now works with Fresh Stop
  • Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition
  • Lived in Harlan County until she was 19
  • Majored in anthropology
  • Been in Lexington for 5 years
  • 2 approaches she focused on as President
    • Direct Observation - walkabouts
    • Research - ask questions
  • Food security was a big concern - no fresh produce
  • Uses the Plantory, has 4 programs
  • Fresh Stop connects people with farmers, usually minority farmers, really only happens in the summer
  • 200+ families, 18,000 pounds of produce

Samantha Johnson
  • NoLi CDC Non-profit, small startup with 4 employees
  • Each a director- she is the director of Communication and Events (like the Night Market)
  • Advocates for small businesses, neighbors
  • Doesn’t always happen that way, though
  • Works freelance, so schedules can’t always work
  • York Street Project - affordable housing goal where there is a history of slum lords
  • Held Hands that need holding into home ownership
  • Building homes, gentrification awareness
  • Noticed people of color see everything new as gentrification
  • Night Market started for local community members with stuff to sell
  • 300 vendors now - 5 from the neighborhood
  • Social media outreach as aid
  • Try to challenge yourself
  • Sees affordable housing as biggest issue

Ron
  • Owner of the Wild Fig
  • Advocates for people living here
  • Wanted to acknowledge that any development raises property taxes

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