Building Our Blocks

Building Our Blocks (BOB) was created as a response to systemic neighborhood challenges in Louisville. Based on similar successful efforts in Buffalo, New York, BOB is a cross-functional approach to making neighborhoods clean, green, safe and inclusive.
 
BOB brings together Louisville Metro Government agencies with community leaders and partner organizations to take steps to minimize blight, deter crime, beautify neighborhoods and build hope – one block at a time. BOB partners lend their time and resources to connect directly with residents to strengthen community engagement and provide on-the-spot services during the event. Each event involves volunteers from about 16 agency service providers who make personal connections with 200-300 households to provide practical services and neighborhood beautification in some of the city’s most distressed areas.
 
The city uses a variety of data points including 911 calls, 311 calls, crime reports, reduced lunch program participation, and Brightside's cleanliness assessment to determine what neighborhoods will be visited by the BOB team. BOB events take place on Friday mornings once per month from March to October, weather permitting.
 
 

 

Program Partners
Agency
Onsite Service Provided
remove junk and debris, recycling
mow and board vacant properties, remove graffiti
sponsor program, give guidance on neighborhood issues
administer home security checks and consultation
check and install smoke detectors 
clean catch basins, provide service consultations
sign residents up for library cards
provide human service resource consultations
provide water tablets, water testing consultation
organize litter abatement
test for lead paint and abate mosquitos
provide neighborhoodd liasion leadership
 
Summary of Services Provided
 
 
Russell (March 17)
California (April 14)
Newburg (May 19)
Algonquin (July 14)
Auburndale (August 25)
Shawnee (September 22)
Parkland (October 13)
Catch basins cleaned
15
15
0
90
25
50
50
Mosquito control consultations
4
10
12
6
14
11
3
Smoke detectors inspected
6
10
9
5
12
15
7
Smoke detectors installed
9
10
10
0
6
4
5
Home security consultations
3
5
5
4
1
1
0
Number of properties mowed
0
3
0
16
0
0
0
Lead paint tests given
3
7
3
0
4
1
4
Water leak tablets used
0
0
0
11
2
0
0
Library cards issued
1
0
2
5
0
2
0
Cleanings
0
0
0
0
0
10
26
Cultural Passes issued
5
2
5
6
1
0
0
 
Other services include removing junk and debris, provding animal service consulations, boarding vacant houses, checking water meter lids, testing lead in water, removing graffiti, and recycling. 
 
We also want to thank our sponsors!
Heine Brothers' Coffee
Red Hot Roasters
Sunergos
Kroger
Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau