Jun 062012
 

NoC News 

Regular travelers of N. Limestone may have noticed the new set of murals across from Luigart Studio & Gallery at 745 North Limestone Street. Unveiled on Tuesday, May 29, the mural series depicts the wildlife of the neighborhood.

Entitled Urban Wildlife, “the series of four, large-scale digital paintings and an educational panel were created by Lexington artist Stevie Moore in collaboration with project facilitator, Sarah Campbell. The work aims to educate the community about wildlife that exists within the city environment as well as actions citizens can take to create a safe and welcoming urban wildlife environment,” said a press release about the project.

Urban Wildlife mural on N. Lime by artist Stevie Moore. Photo by Brian Connors-Manke.

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May 252011
 

Andrea was on her way to Al’s Bar for an origami-folding event when we asked her to sit on the old couch. Because she lives on N. Limestone, it wasn’t hard to persuade her to go home and get her own camera to take this photograph since we were not prepared with ours.

Image and text by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, Discarded project.

Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde

Discarded project

 

Mar 302011
 

City infrastructure on North Broadway and Limestone

By Dave Cooper

After much community discussion and debate, construction will commence this summer on the construction of 1.6 miles of sidewalks on both sides of Tates Creek Road, from the Lansdowne Center to an expensive-sounding housing development called “The Enclave.”  The project is supposed to be completed by Fall 2011, at a cost of just over $1 million dollars.  There was initially some controversy about the project, even though the need for sidewalks was clear from the well-worn dirt path along the side of the busy road.

I’m happy for the pedestrians in the Tates Creek Road area, and I’m happy that the Enclavians can now easily walk to the Embry’s in Lansdowne in order to purchase coats made from the carcasses of small, tortured dead animals.  But I feel discouraged that it has taken almost four years from the time that the need for the sidewalks was first identified (via a public survey in 2007) until the time the concrete will be poured. Continue reading »

Mar 162011
 
Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova

Armand, Liee, and Rochelle at 1003 North Limestone.

“Discarded Couch”

Upholstery blotched with coffee stains

and gravies from the microwave,

 

cover slit and worn to a papery sheen,

coins and paperclips squirreled away

 

in crevices and tuckings, limp

cushions recording all the shapes

 

and weights a North American buttocks

can take, tired springs, scuffmarks,

 

remnant of a thousand naps and who knows how many bouts of lovemaking:

 

curbside proof to those of us who pass

and muse at what seems novel to the setting–

 

to those of us whose wear survives them– that comfort is where you find it.

Richard Taylor

 

Photo taken by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova. Taylor’s poem was one of four written accompaniments to the many photos comprising Gohde and Todorova’s Discarded project, recently shown at Land of Tomorrow (LOT) Gallery, 527 East Third Street (just past the intersection of Race and Third).

Jul 282010
 

Vacant Lot on N. Lime starting to grow

NoC News

Danny Mayer

"Beans are coming on soon.Pick anytime."

Slowly but surely things are starting to take off at the In Feed garden located on the 500 block of North Limestone next to the liquor store on Sixth Street. The bush beans planted by seed in the early days of June have begun to come on. People are already picking them. Two of the tomato plants succumbed to blight. The others, planted as small seedlings less than two months ago at the same time as the beans, are still small, but they’re all starting to set flowers, and some are producing fruit. An Italian heirloom zucchini and an avocado squash have been added, and both are prospering. Wood mulch now fully surrounds the growing plants.

The vacant-lot garden here was established less than two months ago as one of a series of garden projects for the group In-Feed. The group is one of a growing number of local gardening activist organizations that have begun to form during the past couple of years. In-Feed uses gardening as a tool for making under-used urban spaces more productive. It wants both to viscerally point out how little of urban space is used and to offer productive models for putting all that waste—private residential green space, vacant lots, business properties, church grounds, alleyways, sidewalk easements and city parks—back into use. Continue reading »

Jun 092010
 
Danny Mayer

Liquor store, barber shop and vacant lot garden at North Limestone and Sixth Street.

In-feed joins growing list of gardening groups

NoC News

On Saturday morning, June 5, less than twelve hours after a fatal shooting a block away, two members of In-Feed and a lone volunteer helped plant a garden on the grassy vacant lot located across the street from the old Spauldings Building on the 500 block of North Limestone. The urban gardeners put in tomato and basil plants and, from seed, bush beans, okra and sunflowers.

The small reclamation of the grassy lot was organized by In-Feed, a group challenging the widespread mis-use of green space in a region where 1 in 7 inhabitants rely on food banks for some form of nourishment during the course of the year and, more specifically, in a part of the city where mean annual incomes remain below $20,000 per year. In-Feed’s strategy is to push for making unused city land more productive and beholden to the immediate communities in which those lots exist. As the group’s mission statement puts it, “We want unused land to be made available for urban gardening.” The North Limestone garden was the first of two gardens the group would put up that day around downtown. Continue reading »