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Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness has released the “State of Food” report for the city (PDF link).

The report finds large food deserts in west Louisville and east downtown. These are areas where fresh food is hard to come by. Further limiting access is the fact that many households in these areas do not have vehicles, making a trip to one of the few grocery stores more difficult.

There is access to food in these areas, but the report says it’s not the right type of food:

Although West Louisville and East Downtown lack supermarkets, they have a tremendous amount of access to fast food. The report indicates that along Broadway, which runs from East Downtown to West Louisville, there are a total of 24 fast food restaurants in a 2.8 mile stretch, the highest concentration in the state of Kentucky (Figure 2).21 Interestingly, this report even finds that first tier national supermarket chains sell lower quality goods in low-income neighborhoods.22 In addition to being underserved by supermarkets and grocery stores, West Louisville and East Downtown residents also have significantly less access to a vehicle than residents of other parts of the city. In Jefferson County as a whole, only 13% of households lack vehicle access. However, 28% of West Louisville households do not have access to a vehicle and a striking 51% of households in East Downtown lack vehicle access.

The above paragraph accompanies a map of fast food outlets on Broadway:

The report further discusses local food initiatives and programs designed to stock fresh food in convenience stores. What are your thoughts on alleviating food deserts?

To touch on a previous topic: neighborhoods in the deserts–including downtown–do not follow the federal government’s definition of livability, because it is not possible to access grocery stores without a motor vehicle.


Voters in the M-107 district of Parkland cast ballots in favor of alcohol sales in Tuesday’s wet/dry vote.


Hey folks, this is Laura Ellis inviting you to join us for a live broadcast of State of Affairs focusing on West Louisville, as part of our Next Louisville initiative. We’re on 4th Street between Broadway & Chestnut, next to the Louisville Palace. We’ll take questions and comments from our studio audience, calls from listeners at home, and hear from our panel members, listed below. Doors open at 12:30.

We hear a lot about downtown development. There always seems to be something happening in the East End of town. So that’s two areas that seem to be poised for growth as Louisville moves forward, but what about the West End of town? It’s one of the oldest areas of town, and current residents might say one of the most overlooked. There are businesses, schools, families, new homes, old homes, pretty much the same things you find in every neighborhood. But, like other areas, West Louisville has its challenges as well. Do you live in West Louisville? If so, what do you think it needs to move forward? How can West Louisville become a bigger player in the Metro?

Dr. Eddie Woods, LIFE Institute
Donna McDonald, West Louisville Business Association
Christie McCravy, Louisville Urban League

As part of a class-action settlement, DuPont is making competitive scholarships available to anyone living within two miles of the company’s west Louisville plant. Applications are due March 15th.

From the CJ:

The new endowment fund of $482,863 will provide scholarships to help defray educational expenses in several areas, including undergraduate study at two- and four- year colleges, vocational or technical educational courses, training to help someone attain a certificate or degree, or graduate study. The number of scholarships granted will depend on the number of qualifying applications received, he said, adding that the foundation expects the endowment to grow through investments in the coming years.

People can find out if they are eligible by going online to the foundation website, found here, which includes a map as well as list of eligible addresses. All current and future occupants of the addresses that opted out of the settlement will not be eligible for the scholarship, Stewart said.

This week, Metro Parks and the Department of Health and Wellness will release a walkability study of West Louisville. The walkability studies are part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Initiative.

The study will be unveiled at an open house Thrusday at the Shawnee Golf Course between 3 and 7 PM.

Business First reports that the open house will also an include an update on the Louisville Loop project:

About 23 miles of the 100-mile project are complete, according to the release. The finished section, known as the Ohio River Levee Trail and the Riverwalk, extends from Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville to Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, in southwest Louisville.

Planned segments of the Louisville Loop include:

• A route from the Ohio River Levee Trail and Riverwalk to Bardstown Road, near McNeely Lake Park;

• The Floyds Fork Greenway, from Bardstown Road to Shelbyville Road, passing through new parks being developed by 21st Century Parks;

• A route from Shelbyville Road to River Road;

• A route along the Ohio River corridor, leading from the northeast suburbs to Waterfront Park;

• And paths along the Olmsted Parkways — Algonquin Parkway, Cherokee Parkway, Eastern Parkway, Northwestern Parkway, Southern Parkway and Southwestern Parkway.

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