Feb 012013

Monthly meetings to revisit East End Small Area Plan

By Jessi Fehrenbach

In 2007, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council hired a group of consultants to create a neighborhood development plan for the city’s East End, a historically black neighborhood located between Elm Tree Lane and Winchester Road, and running from Main Street up to Loudon Ave.

A key component in creating the East End plan involved hearing from residents of the neighborhood itself. There was a block-party-style kick-off rally and a “community visioning workshop” for citizens to voice their concerns, hopes, and dreams for the future of the area. There were update meetings, door-to-door flyers, church and school outreach, news articles.

Two years later in 2009, the Council would adopt what became known as the East End Small Area Plan.  The plan, which aims to meet and reflect the needs and concerns of the community residing in the East End, acts as a blueprint for both private and public developments to follow. Though not a legally binding document, it identifies thirteen goals intended to guide the area’s redevelopment: Continue reading »

Nov 102010

By Patrice Morgan

As the revitalization of Lexington’s East End begins to make major headlines, I find myself asking the question: The Lyric Theatre has reopened…now what about the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden?

Isaac Burns Murphy was born in 1861 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Before his death in 1896 he became a legend, winning three Kentucky Derbies and leaving behind a legacy unmatched more than one hundred years later. Interest in educating the community about Murphy’s accomplishments was sparked some three years ago. Continue reading »

Mar 072010

By Andrew Battista

On Saturday, February 27, Greater Liberty Baptist Church on Chestnut Street hosted a program and protest march in which some fifty people gathered to decry violence, gambling, and drug trade in the East End neighborhood.

Protesters walk down Race Street, near the convenience store where Dwayne Johnson was shot on June 14. Photo by Andrew Battista.

Members of the William Wells Brown Neighborhood Association and representatives from the Lexington Police Department C.L.E.A.R. Division (Community Law Enforcement Action Response) joined members of Greater Liberty Baptist Church to renounce violence that threatens to diminish the quality of life in Lexington’s East End. Continue reading »