Four volumes of a series of survey reports produced under the supervision of the City of Louisville's Landmarks Commission. Each volume covers an area or areas within the city, although the approach is not uniform. The East report includes information about specific neighborhoods, while the others provide more general histories of the area. A history, titled "Two Centuries of Urban Development" and authored by local historian Carl Kramer, constitutes a large portion of the South/Central report. The West report was authored by the Preservation Alliance for the City.
The goal of the project was to examine every blockface in the city, looking at its "environmental quality, general condition, and architectural quality regardless of age." The reports were intended for use in planning, both citywide and at the neighborhood level, and cover the East, West, and South/Central areas. The effort appears to have been spurred by the institution of block grants to cities under the federal Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974. The grants were to be spent "with the participation of citizens and in light of their views."
Louisville survey reports, 2021_040, Box: 1. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.
Louisville survey reports, 2021_040, Box: 1. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/1184 Accessed September 27, 2021.