Getting to know Louisville one person at a time

Getting to know Louisville one person at a time
(Source: Starting with LOU)
(Source: Starting with LOU)
Turner Mayton (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Turner Mayton (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville is home to about 600,000 people, but just how well do you know them?

People say the city is a friendly one, where everyone knows everyone—somehow. One local project called "Starting with LOU" shows that those connections just may start with you.

"We've done 64…so today is day 65," Turner Mayton, 21, said as he scrolled through his Instagram account.

So for 300 more days, at least, Mayton will roam the streets. Saturday's location was Waterfront Park.

Mayton goes around town daily, getting to know one person at a time. He asks all sorts of questions like "What's your favorite animal? What's it like having a son? What's your favorite part about your father?" without hesitation to strangers he meets on the street.

All this—for "Starting with LOU," which has a mission of shedding light on stories that regular people of Louisville have to share.

"If you look at Louisville, if you Googled it, you would get numbers, like how many people live here, what's the population, what's the demographic," Mayton, a student at the University of Louisville, said. "But we're getting real valuable (info)—here are people's stories."

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Mayton and his partner, Lucas Wiman, who co-founded "Starting with LOU," are on the hunt to find out more about the threads that make the cloth of the city.

After each conversation, or sometimes in the beginning of each one, they take a picture.

"I used to walk down the street and see people and know that they're there but now I'm always looking," Mayton said. "Everybody has a story and I used to know that—and be aware, but now I can see it first-hand."

In the hopes that others will do the same and open their eyes to the people around them, Mayton shares one story daily on social media.

He posts every day at 7:30 p.m. on both "Starting with LOU"'s Facebook and Instagram (@startingwithlou) accounts.

He says he does this not only because he likes talking to others, but because he says the people of Louisville deserve more than just a summary introduction.

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