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Moved By My Neighborhood Dreams

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One time I was at the park staring at the gorgeous leaves turning its natural brown. I mused that in a few weeks this park would be completely covered in snow and it would be deserted. No more kids playing ball and no more moms running after their toddlers.
Shelby Park. I love you so much in every season. Even the dark ones when the neighborhood widows can’t pay for their heat bill and their heart dies a slow death due to lack of human contact. It’s inevitable that the sky will turn grey to match the mood of the neighborhood. But its beauty always lingers and its pain is in fact intertwined with its beauty.
Let me introduce myself as the volunteerism writer for the Louisville metropolitan area. I am just a lowly Los Angeles transplant who has a curiosity for how cities tick. My desire and focus at this time is to expound on my experience here and to showcase and display the Shelby Park community and its endeavors. Just like each body part, each neighborhood plays a part in the purpose of a city, and each one has a distinct function. There is a ceaseless humming of activity beneath the surface of every neighborhood in Louisville, KY. Shelby Park is a restless community that has its way of making you fall in love with it.
One morning while heading over to my church’s work day, I noticed how unusually hot it was. Our work days were not very popular in our church, mainly because it was on an early Saturday and one would actually have to get their hands dirty. I mused again that I had the foresight of seeing something become dark and reemerge as a beauty in due time. When I got to the work day, there was already a group removing the rocks, replanting on the stubborn soil, and pushing out a long, old window. This house was across from the Oak street liquor store that is so menacing yet, is a neighborhood staple. That was in April. Now this building is a renewed home housing four inquisitive, brave interns ready to kick some butt. Curious, responsive, and ready for adventure.
In essence, caring for the community can be a carefully studied, premeditated move. As in, an actual move to a community and a hand-in-hand joint effort with current projects that are in the business of making change happen in the neighborhood. It’s a backwards effort. One may muse that you have to move in, study the ground, then make one light switch turn on. It just might work.



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