Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 27, Issue 9
Crime and Safety
Committee Seeks Members
by Helga Ulrich
There has been a surge in the real and/or
perceived crime rate in Old Louisville. Because of my close
relationship (volunteer work) with the LMPD’s Fourth Division, I
have been asked by Chuck Anderson, Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council Chair, to chair the revived Crime and Safety Committee.
The committee’s mission is to share real crime data with the
neighborhoods, to understand and share trends, to provide
education and tools of prevention, and to understand the safety
concerns of the Old Louisville neighborhood.
Officer Terra Long has agreed to work with closely with the
committee. Help is needed from all of the neighborhood
associations to make Old Louisville is safe for all. Working
together as Old Louisville residents on the committee will
educate many and keep the neighborhood safe.
Please attend the first meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2005,
at 7:00 PM at Old Louisville Information Center. LMPD will share
information, neighbors can share concerns and find solutions,
and the committee will form an action plan.
For questions or further information, contact Helga Ulrich at
637-6647 or HHUBMW@cs.com.
Old Louisville Residents Revive
an Old Tradition
If you’re from Old Louisville, you’ve more than likely heard of
the old tradition of calling days or visiting days that used to
prevail here. Each street in the neighborhood was assigned a
specific day of the week when residents in the neighborhood could
call and pay their neighbors a visit. For example, residents who
lived along Kentucky and Brook Streets would receive visitors on
Mondays, and so on. In 19th century Louisville, it served as a way
to organize society life in a community that strictly adhered to
rigid Victorian rules and customs.
Although many of these old Victorian traditions have long since
fallen out of favor, some local residents have banded together to
breathe new life into an old custom. “Not only can we keep an old
tradition alive in our neighborhood,” says David Domine of the 1300
South Third Street Neighborhood Association, “we can also address
the issues we’ve been having lately with certain problem individuals
on our streets. If we organize ourselves and make our presence
known, we can ‘take back’ our streets, if you will.” Rhonda Williams
of the West St. Catherine Street Neighborhood Association adds that
it’s a brilliant idea that will keep an old tradition alive and
allows us to be more vigilant of what’s going on out there.
What originally began as a series of organized group walks in
troubled areas has now evolved into a weekly schedule that strives
to get a large number of Old Louisville residents out and walking in
specific areas at certain times on regular days. “Our aim was to
frequent those underwalked streets that are most scenic and that cut
through large stretches of the neighborhood,” says Domine. “Most
people said they got out and walked between the hours of 7:00 and
9:00 in the mornings and in the evenings, so we decided to try and
concentrate our efforts at these times on the chosen days, although
people get out and walk that day’s street at other times as well.”
Most agree that Oak Street is in dire need of some attention, so the
walkers decided to concentrate walks there during noon and 5:00pm on
Saturdays and Sundays as well.
An informal schedule – loosely based on the old calling days – was
drawn up, and people started to spread the word. Instead of meeting
at a certain location, most strollers have chosen to make their way
up and down the day’s designated street, stopping and chatting as
they run into friends, and even making new acquaintances here and
there. Some form groups and walk en masse after meeting at a
designated location, while others prefer to stroll alone or with a
partner. “I have to walk the dogs every night anyway,” says Ramon
Garcia of the 1300 South Third Street Neighborhood Association, “so
I make sure I go to the street for that day, and I always run into
my friends and neighbors. It’s a great way to get out and see the
neighborhood.” Domine thinks it will take a month or two before the
tradition has established itself in the community again, but he
hopes it will catch on soon.
You’re invited and encouraged to join your neighbors as they stroll
through the streets of America’s largest Victorian neighborhood!
Come and help your neighborhood.
Old Louisville’s Walking Schedule: Main times 7:00-9:00am and
Mondays: First Street; Tuesdays: Second Street; Wednesdays: Third
Street; Thursdays: Fourth Street; Fridays: Sixth Street; Saturdays:
Ormsby Avenue; Sundays: St. Catherine Street; Saturdays: Oak Street
(12:00-5:00pm); Sundays: Oak Street; (12:00-5:00pm).
Strolling Old Louisville streets on specific days has many benefits:
1) It’s a good way to get some exercise; 2) It’s a great way to get
out and meet your neighbors; 3) It can provide safety in numbers; 4)
It’s a way for Old Louisville residents to show that they care about
what is going on in their neighborhood; 5) It makes our presence
known; 6) It revives an old tradition and makes Old Louisville even
more unique than other neighborhoods in the city.
Editor for the Old Louisville Journal
Debbie Powers will assume the
position of editor of the Old Louisville Journal beginning with the
A longtime Old Louisville resident and
neighborhood activist, Debbie has served two terms on the Old
Louisville Information Center Board, chaired the Central Park
Centennial Committee in 2004, and served as a member of the Holiday
House Tour, specializing in publicity.
Debbie encourages neighbors and block associations to submit news
articles, items, and ideas for the Journal by contacting the Old
Louisville Information Center at 635-5244 or
Debbie succeeds John Sistarenik, who has served as editor for the
past four years.
First Sunday Concerts in
Free Concert & Ice Cream Social September 4,
at 4:00 p.m. Features Junkyard Jane
This four-headed love
child named Junkyard Jane rose by night in the tide flats of
Tacoma, Washington, from a deadly mephitic brew of blues,
swamp gas, rockabilly, old engine parts, country, motor oil,
folk, funk and used kitty litter. Like all true originals,
they display a Creole blend of influences that they
affectionately call “Swampabilly Roots Music”.
Bring your friends, children, dogs, picnics, lawn chairs and
enjoy a free concert and free ice cream from the Old
Louisville Coffee House.
The band for the final First Sunday Concert on October 2,
2005 is Fattlabb. This show will be 3-4:30 PM.
“We’re fattlabb. We challenge what you think jazz is, what
you think funk is, what you think rock is, what you think
“Formerly known as Splatch, we’re Louisville’s funk-nastiest
band, challenging the ordinary and entertaining our fans -
the ones we’ve had and the ones we make each time we
Don’t miss them.
Old Louisville Neighborhood
Plans a Residential Parking Permit Program
An ad hoc committee of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
is drawing up plans for a residential parking permit program for
Old Louisville in the area generally south of Hill Street, north
of Cardinal Boulevard and bounded on the east by Second Street,
and on the west by the alley immediately west of Fourth Street.
Residents in this area have historically complained about
parking being monopolized by University of Louisville students.
Once drawn up, the plan will need the approval of residents
Herb Fink, chair of the committee, invites residents to view the
proposed maps of the program at the Old Louisville Information
Center (OLIC). For particulars on how a permit program operates,
residents may read the Louisville Metro Residential Parking
Permit Ordinance at the OLIC or access it at
Resident Parking & Volunteer Information for the
2005 St. James Court Art Show
Central Park West: Contact Judy Martin Stallard, 636-3113
or JUMartin@onealsteel.com. CPW is not doing parking at
Cochran School this year. Cochran is handling it themselves.
Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reserved
parking for residents, volunteers or sponsors.
1300 Block Third Street: Contact Judy Seale for Alley
passes and volunteer opportunities.
4th Street: Dot Wade will have Alley passes the week of
St. James. Pick up at her home at 1445 S. 4th Street. 4th Street
needs volunteers for the Beer Booth. Call Joe Banks at 819-1043
Third Street: Individuals who want to volunteer or need
alley passes contact Mary Martin at 637-4000 or at the 3rd
Street phone at 386-8093.
For those who use Alley Passes during the show:
FILL IN YOUR ADDRESS ON YOUR PASS.
Some officers will not let you in your alley if your pass is not
Saint James Preview Party Benefits Abused and
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host a Best of St.
James Preview Party from 5:30pm-8:30pm on Thursday, September
29, 2005, at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Avenue, to help raise
money for its work of providing volunteers to help abused and
neglected children through the court system.
Art from 50 specially selected St. James Court Art Show artists
will be available for preview and purchase. Tickets are $100.00
per person. The event includes a cocktail buffet and cash bar.
Call 595-4911 for tickets and information.
September is International Month. To celebate, the city is
sponsoring Worldfest on The Belvedere, Fifth and Main
Streets, on September 2-3, 2005.
The two day festival of international music, food, and
crafts will honor Louisville’s rich ethnic diversity. A
parade of nations will take place at noon on Saturday,
September 3; Mayor Jerry Abramson will take part.
Thanks, John Paul
The Old Louisville Information Center thanks graphics
designer, John Paul, for creating and donating the design
for the insert page which lists Old Louisville neighborhood
events in this month’s Old Louisville Journal.
A longtime Old Louisville resident, John Paul can be reached
at johnpaul/design, 1235 South Sixth Street; 627-1957;
Potential Presenter at Neighborhood
Clean water, value and the highest level of service to its
customers - that’s Metropolitan Sewer District’s (MSD)
vision. This means a community that continues the goal of
cleaner streams and creeks and that the Ohio River waterways
are cleaner as they flow downstream past Louisville Metro.
It also means drainage systems that move rainwater away from
homes and businesses without the threat of flooding.
MSD would like to share information with as many citizens as
possible. MSD’s Executive Director, Bud Schardein, would be
happy to meet with neighborhood associations.
To Schedule: Contact Becky Bennett at MSD Phone 540-6552
The Ghosts of Old Louisville
Paula Cunningham of McClanahan Publishing House, Inc. says
David Domine’s recent book, The Ghosts of Old Louisville:
True Stories of Hauntings in America’s Largest Victorian
Neighborhood “is flying off the shelves,” and according to
Nielson ratings, it has become a local bestseller. The book,
which focuses on tales about numerous neighborhood locations
around Old Louisville, is the first of a proposed four-part
series. Domine includes his own Old Louisville mansion in
the book He recently started giving tours for the Old
Louisville Visitors Center which visits some of the
locations written about in the book.
Domine is also a food critic and author of From Soup to
Nuts: Eating Well in America’s Largest Victorian
Turn Out Your Attic, Turn On
On Saturday, September 10, 2005, the West St.
Catherine Neighborhood Association (WSCNA) will be holding a
series of yard sales in our neighborhood. The proceeds will
all go toward the renewal of period lighting on our street.
We need your help to achieve that goal.
You can browse the sales, finding your own riches among the
long-loved, slightly used items we will be selling at
incredibly low prices; you can donate some of your own
items, because, as the saying goes, your trash may be
someone else’s treasure; or you can simply make a cash
contribution. The WSCNA is a 501 C-3 organization, and
donations are tax deductible.
Please join us in any way possible to make this event a
Coming Soon: WXBH 92.7
If all goes according to plan, Brick House will be
broadcasting a free-form, community-produced FM radio
station from its location at 1101 South Second Street by
August, 2006. The FCC issued a permit for the low-power FM
radio station in April.
Free-form means that the station will give program hosts
complete control over the content of their programs.
Although the station will air some national programs, such
as Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!, community-produced means
that most program hosts will be local , non- professionals.
That means local music, local on-air personalities, and
local news and events. The station mission statements
stresses that the public airwaves should be an egalitarian
vehicle expressing diverse perspectives, inspiring social
change, and encouraging cultural equity.
Nathan Thorp, a member of the Brick House Radio Collective,
says that applications are available for individuals and
groups who would like to have a program on the the station.
Applications are available at the Brick House on Wednesdays
or can be requested by e-mail at
Because WXBH will be a low power FM station run by a
non-profit organization, the station cannot have any
advertising and will be entirely supported by individual
donations and underwriting. Brick House needs to raise
$70,000 in order to build a studio and get on the air.
Contributions to Brick House are tax-deductible and can be
mailed to 1101 South Second Street, 40203 or online through
SoBro’s Future Discussed at
in the SoBro neighborhood by the Housing Authority and
social service agencies raised concerns among neighbors
attending the August meeting of the Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council Property Improvement Committee (PIC).
Tim Barry, Executive Director of the
Louisville Metro Housing Authority, said that his agency has
an ongoing discussion with The Center for Women and Families
(CFWAF), which occupies the former San Antonio Inn, about a
joint venture in which the former Villager Motel at First
and Breckinridge would be converted into public housing with
CFWAF acting as the gatekeeper and housing some of its
qualified clients at the property. The city owns the
Villager and sees it as a housing site for displaced
Clarksdale residents who will not return when Clarksdale’s
transformation is competed in 2008.. Barry foresees the
Villager being downsized from its present 63 units to 27
units. He and a representative from the CFWAF emphasized
this project is more a vision than a reality at this time;
lack of funds is one problem. Barry noted that to date only
three Clarksville families have been relocated to Old
Jay P. Davidson, President and CEO of The
Healing Place, which treats homeless alcohol and drug
addicted people, said that his organization is seeking to
expand its program for women and is looking at the
possibility of acquiring the Jim Cook Buick property on
Breckinridge between First and Second Streets as a location
for a facility of 200-230 beds for women clients. Its men’s
facility is located at 1020 West Market. The Healing Place
is nationally recognized as “A Model that Works” by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services; Kentucky Governor
Ernie Fletcher has announced that the state will establish
10 recovery centers for homeless addicted men and women
throughout the state modeled on The Healing Place. At the
PIC meeting, a former Healing Place client gave powerful and
moving testimony to how the organization has transformed her
While acknowledging that both The Center for
Women and Families and The Healing Place provide valuable
and successful services, several residents at the meeting
noted that Old Louisville already has more than its share of
social service agencies. Some noted that the perceptions, no
matter how false, surrounding agencies such as The Healing
Place would severely limit private housing demand in SoBro.
Rodney N. Brannon, Director of Programs at The Healing
Place, stated that such perceptions could be changed. Mr.
Davidson invited residents to tour his facility as a means
to that end.
A new SoBro plan is currently being
formulated which sees the area, which is bounded by Broadway
on the north and Kentucky Street on the south, as a richly
urban mixed use neighborhood with a diverse and vibrant
street life. Concerns were expressed that the facilities in
question tend to be inwardly looking toward their campuses
thereby discouraging street life in their vicinity and
creating a dead zone in terms of pedestrian and commercial
The Property Improvement Committee will
continue to monitor and encourage communication on these
Government Guide Tells All
Want information on the structure and organization of local
government? Want to know how to contact local officials
and/or metro government departments and services? Just want
to know some interesting facts about Louisville Metro?
If so, get a copy of the new edition of The Official Guide
to Louisville Metro Government, which is now available at
the Old Louisville Information Center. This handy booklet is
an important reference tool for anyone seeking knowledge
about local government and how to impact it.
Mayor Abramson Appoints Herb
May 26, 2005, Mayor Jerry Abramson appointed Herb Fink to
the Louisville Code Enforcement Board.
The Code Enforcement Board has the power to issue remedial
orders and impose civil fines as a method of enforcing Metro
Ordinances when a violation of that ordinance has been
classified a civil offense. Currently the Board is issuing
orders and imposing fines for Metro ordinances commonly
known as the Property Maintenance, the Noise, and the
Criminal Nuisance Ordinances. Soon it will also be involved
with the enforcement of the False Alarm, Solid Waste
Management, and the Public Works Ordinances.
Herb has attended six meetings since his appointment as an
alternate member of the Board. He has participated in
hearings where property owners, including several from Old
Louisville, have appealed citations from the Department of
Inspections, Permits, and Licenses. He has also heard
appeals on citations from the police concerning noise
violations; none of these nose appeals involved Old
Since its first hearing in January, 2005, the Board has
heard a total of 483 appeals and processed 2,754 uncontested
citations. The Board has assessed $37,100 in civil penalties
relative to contested citations and confirmed $679,850 of
Herb Fink is the Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council Property Improvement Committee; he is also actively
involved in the Central Park Master Plan.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White spoke
at the Garvin Gate Association picnic on August 8, 2005.
Over 50 residents and Oak Street business persons
attended the annual event held at the Garvin Gate.
Shakespeare Festival Holds a
The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will
raffle off a 2006 Jeep Wrangler X or a cash alternative of
$20,000 on September 17, 2005. Raffle tickets are $50.00
each, and only 1500 will be sold.
Raffle tickets are tax deductible. All proceeds benefit the
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. All taxes and other expenses
associated with the acceptance and/or use of the prize are
the sole responsibility of the winner. The September 17,
drawing will be held during the Festival’s 2005 British Pub
Night Gala at the Rock Creek Riding Club. Entrants need not
be present to win. 500 raffle tickets must be sold or the
raffle will be canceled and all money returned. The prize is
sponsored by Bales Auto Mart.
If interested, send a check for $50.00 per raffle ticket
payable to Kentucky Shakespeare Festival to Curt L.
Tofteland, Producing Artistic Director, Kentucky Shakespeare
Festival, 1387 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40208.
Raffle tickets will be mailed.
Neighborhood Block Association Chairpersons
1300 S. Third Street
Dale Strange 1355 S 3rd St. 635-1710
Belgravia Court Jessica Flores 1451 S.
6th St. 637-6658 email@example.com
Central Park West Judy Stallard 634
Floral Terrace 636-3113 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornerstone Area James Long 213 E.
Fourth Street Dot Wade 1445 S. 4th St.
Garvin Gate Howard Rosenberg 1202 S. 6th
St. 896-9833 email@example.com
OL Chamber of Commerce Alan Bird 1234 S
3rd St. 212-7500 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ouerbacker Arts & Crafts Ric Poe 1379 S.
1st St. 635-5134
St. James Court Louise Shawkat 1433 St.
James Ct. #3 637-3606 Shawkatl@bellsouth.net
Second Street Bill Neal 1381 S. 2nd St.
Third Street Mary Martin 1466 S. 3rd St.
Toonerville Jennifer Hamilton 1430 S 1st
St. 749-7294 Jennemail@example.com
Treyton Oak Towers Peggy Martin 211 W.
Oak St. #907 588-3595
W. St. Catherine Rhonda Williams 622 W.
St. Catherine St. 584-9231 firstname.lastname@example.org
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