The Center for Neighborhoods’ records document the agency’s diverse projects (building revitalization; neighborhood master plans; corridor studies; walkability assessments) and programs (the Neighborhood Institute; Producing Art in Neighborhoods Together (PAINT)) as well as their administrative functioning. Types of materials include project files, drawings and plans, photographs, correspondence, administrative files, and board of directors’ materials.
Projects of note include a comprehensive study of the Bardstown/Baxter Ave. business corridor from Broadway to Douglass Blvd. which promoted a revitalization of the area in the late 1970’s; consulting on the renovation and reuse of historic structures such as the Watertower, Henry Clay building, and Marine Hospital; and establishing the Neighborhood Institute to equip grass-roots leaders to affect positive change at the neighborhood level. Given the nature of the Center for Neighborhoods’ work, the collection materials provide deep documentation of Louisville’s neighborhoods, buildings, people, businesses, and community organizations as it has changed over the past 40+ years.
The Center for Neighborhoods was founded as the Louisville Community Design Center in 1972 and is still operational. This community development agency provides technical and development assistance to the Louisville community to build healthy, sustainable, and attractive neighborhoods through engaged, informed and committed neighbors.
The Louisville Encyclopedia describes the non-profit agency’s service as three pronged. “Through education, the Louisville Community Design Center enables neighborhoods to organize and to govern themselves more effectively in order to achieve the visions and goals to which they themselves aspire; through planning the Louisville Community Design Center assists neighborhoods to articulate their own inherent visions and goals and to formulate reasonable and manageable strategies for accomplishing those goals; and through development assistance, the Louisville Community Design Center provides neighborhoods with the technical tools and capacities required to accomplish certain neighborhood strategies such as housing rehabilitation and crime prevention.”
120.625 linear feet (35 bankers boxes, 22 record center boxes, 3 oversized boxes containing rolled documents, loose oversized materials)