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LMPD peace walk marks a year since Beecher Terrace's last murder

The LMPD weekly peace walk was held in Beecher Terrace Tuesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The LMPD weekly peace walk was held in Beecher Terrace Tuesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Janis Carter Miller (Source: WAVE 3 News) Janis Carter Miller (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – When Janis Carter Miller was born in Beecher Terrace, the projects were different.

"You could leave your doors open at night, and we sat out on the porch at night,” Miller said.

Since then, the neighborhood has changed, becoming notorious for high crime.

Tuesday, it hosted the Louisville Metro Police Department’s weekly peace walk, a chance for officers to meet with community members.

“The people causing problems don't live in this neighborhood, but they're here because they feel like they can commit crimes and people aren't going to report it,” LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said.

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After college, Miller left the city for a career as a singer with the R&B group New Birth. When she returned to Louisville in 2004, she found a very different city.

“We're not divided when we watch basketball, when we watch basketball and football games. We're not divided there,” Miller said. “But as a community, we're not a whole community."

Louisville city leaders are now pushing for grant funding to revitalize the Russell neighborhood, including Beecher Terrace, and give it a fresh start. But the area has begun to look increasingly like its former self.

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There hasn’t been a homicide in Beecher Terrace since Sept. 14, 2015. 

"Nothing has been going on for a while,” Miller said. “That's great because the community has to stop that."

"This is their neighborhood and they deserve to have a nice safe neighborhood just like anyone else," Conrad said.

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