Old Louisville builds reputation while battling crime

Old Louisville builds reputation while battling crime
Pam Lewis (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Pam Lewis (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Becky Medley (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Becky Medley (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Howard Rosenberg (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Howard Rosenberg (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Tuesday's deadly shooting in Old Louisville is a setback for the historic neighborhood building a new reputation.

Pam Lewis has called the area home for 20 years.

"When I first moved here, I felt safe. I really did and I still do," Lewis said. "Crime happens everywhere."

In the past two decades, she said the neighborhood has become increasingly diverse.

"There's homeless people and rich people and just all kinds of people," she said.

She's still bothered by crimes like Tuesday's homicide at Fourth and Oak Streets.

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"It's scary," Lewis said. "It does make me feel very scared."

Despite the fear, she feels hope for the neighborhood.

"It's trying to change," she said.

Hope and history are what brought in Becky Medley from the East End just a year ago.

"I could just feel the history oozing out of the neighborhood," Medley said. "I can't get that anywhere else."

She's convinced crime will go down.

"Look how beautiful this is," she said. "Why couldn't we have a renaissance? We're sandwiched right in between downtown and UofL."

LMPD's crime reports show dozens of incidents from the past month, something neighborhood council president Howard Rosenberg is very aware of.

"We believe that we need more police in Old Louisville," Rosenberg said. "We need more police walking a beat."

Rosenberg pointed out Old Louisville only claims two of the city's more than 90 homicides.

"It's not going to be crime-free. We work on it to reduce it," he said.

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The neighborhood's work got some recognition when early this month the American Planning Association named it one of the nation's top 5 neighborhoods. Main Street is the only other part of Louisville to ever receive the award.

"It wouldn't have been named one of the great places in America had it not been a great place to be," Rosenberg said.

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People who live in the area are committed to restoring their century-old Victorian homes and their neighborhood's reputation.
"In my mind it's worthwhile," Medley said. "But everyone has to make their choice."

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