President James and Councilwoman Dorsey to participate in the Responsible Revitalization Symposium this weekend

September 12, 2019

Louisville – What is the best way to move forward with revitalization and economic development for West Louisville that keeps residents and homeowners involved while improving well established neighborhoods?

This weekend, OneWest will host the Responsible Revitalization Symposium of 2019 as a way to realistically approach those goals.

 “We are seeing new investment in West Louisville but we must make sure that we keep families and homeowners in mind as we bring all of West Louisville back to life,” says President David James (D-6) “The Responsible Revitalization Symposium is a great event from One West to Our Community, to help our citizens come together and have a say in how revitalization takes place by putting people first as we move forward!”

President James and Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey (D-3) will be on hand at the symposium which begins on Friday, September 13th and continues through Saturday September 14th.

“We are seeing new interest in West Louisville. As such, we must keep in mind that as we move forward with new economic development ventures, we cannot forget about the solid foundations of our neighborhoods and communities,” says Dorsey.

On Friday night, President James will participate with Rev. David Snardon in the West Louisville Neighborhood Roundtable discussion that will cover priorities, policies and processes that will lead to more equitable community development.

The symposium on Saturday will feature a discussion on gentrification, which is the process of keeping everyone involved, from business owner to families, in mind when talking about the restoration of homes or a district within a city  to insure those stakeholders are not pushed out by revitalization.  It is the subject of a special performance of the stage play, The Intruders, by The New Millennium Howard Players (Washington, D.C.).

Following the performance, the symposium will make an in-depth review of the national data pertaining to equitable development with Dr. Alexander von Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and specific local data for Louisville’s community development scene with Dr. Lauren Heberle of University of Louisville.

“I want to commend OneWest for its continued focus on positive ways in helping West Louisville move through the 21st century,” said President James.

The Responsible Revitalization Symposium of 2019 will be held at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage at 701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.

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