The 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

September 2005    

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

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 7:00-9:00pm
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.


New Editor for the Old Louisville Journal

      Debbie Powers will assume the position of editor of the Old Louisville Journal beginning with the October issue.
      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 Central Park...
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 music is.”
“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 perform.”
Don’t miss them.

Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
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 before implementation.
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  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 to volunteer.

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:
Some officers will not let you in your alley if your pass is not filled out.

Saint James Preview Party Benefits Abused and Neglected Children
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.

Worldfest Celebrates International Month
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;;  and

Let’s talk...
Potential Presenter at Neighborhood Association Meetings
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 E-mail

The Ghosts of Old Louisville Fly High
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 Neighborhood.

Turn Out Your Attic, Turn On Our Lights
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 success.
Rhonda Williams
President, WSCNA

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 Paypal at

SoBro’s Future Discussed at PIC

Possible developments 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 Louisville.

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 life.

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 activity.

The Property Improvement Committee will continue to monitor and encourage communication on these developments.

New Metro
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 Fink

On 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 Louisville.
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 uncontested citations.
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 Raffle
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.

Old Louisville Neighborhood Block Association Chairpersons

Association       Chairperson         Address          Phone

1300 S. Third Street     Dale Strange 1355 S 3rd St. 635-1710
Belgravia Court     Jessica Flores 1451 S. 6th St. 637-6658
Central Park West     Judy Stallard 634 Floral Terrace 636-3113
Cornerstone Area     James Long 213 E. Kentucky 773-3538
Fourth Street     Dot Wade 1445 S. 4th St. 635-7885
Garvin Gate     Howard Rosenberg 1202 S. 6th St. 896-9833
OL Chamber of Commerce     Alan Bird 1234 S 3rd St. 212-7500
Ouerbacker Arts & Crafts     Ric Poe 1379 S. 1st St. 635-5134
St. James Court     Louise Shawkat 1433 St. James Ct. #3 637-3606
Second Street     Bill Neal 1381 S. 2nd St. 638-0572
Third Street     Mary Martin 1466 S. 3rd St. 637-4000
Toonerville     Jennifer Hamilton 1430 S 1st St. 749-7294
Treyton Oak Towers     Peggy Martin 211 W. Oak St. #907 588-3595
W. St. Catherine     Rhonda Williams 622 W. St. Catherine St. 584-9231


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