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Keeping Cool In Louisville With An Expansive Tree Canopy

This past weekend in Louisville, you might have gone to Abbey Road on the River in Belvedere Park, the Kentucky Reggae Festival at the Water Tower, or the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle atWaterfront Park. This week, you might hit the Butchertown Art Fair or other outdoor activities. . When it is in the 70's you will probably enjoy being outside. When it is humid, and 10 or 20 degrees hotter, you will probably appreciate being anywhere where there are some trees to shade the area. 

How's Our Tree Canopy? 

Maintaining the "tree canopy," the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above," has long been a contentious issue in Louisville between developers and tree lovers. While developers see trees as "curb appeal," environmentalists and our local Tree Commission see them a crucial ally in the war against global warming and a natural cooling mechanism.. 

As researcher Brian Stone of Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech noted in a recent study of 50 cities, Louisville shows the biggest disparity in temperature between its metropolitan area and rural outskirts. Between 1961-2010, we saw a difference of 1.67º - double that of Phoenix, the second highest city on the list. The result is a "heat island," which is a public health issue in a heat wave. One major contributing factor in Louisville is the climate of the Ohio River Valley, but the lack of trees is another. “The tree canopy downtown is one of the sparsest of any city I have seen in the country,” Stone said – only...

Portland: A Neighborhood To Consider When Searching For A Home

With great homes in short supply In Louisville, you might have to get creative if you want to buy a home, especially if you are on a strict budget
. This may mean you need to look outside your preferred neighborhood and/ or consider a fixer-upper to find what you want. Since Louisville is a city that places great value on preserving and rehabbing the past, you might be able to find a home that has been updated in an interesting neighborhood.

The Portland Neighborhood Initiative

The Portland neighborhood is a perfect example of an area where you might soon look for a renovated home that offers history and personality. Through the efforts of Habitat for Humanity, New Directions Housing Corporation, and private developer Gill Holland, over $25 million will modernize three areas within a mile of downtown.

Habitat for Humanity, now based in Portland, has joined forces with New Directions Housing Corporation to build new homes and upgrade some of the many vacant and raggedy homes in an area bounded by Bank, 19th, and Rowan streets. With $1.75 million from the federal Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area funds, a $750,000 grant from the matching funds grant from the Graham Brown Foundation, and fundraising efforts, the newly-formed Portland Neighborhood Initiative will invest $3 million in the area over two years.

Some of the funds will go to repair owner-occupied homes, a move designed to improve curb appeal and real estate values, as well as stabilize the neighborhood. This part of the project has attracted more funds from organizations such as Preservation Louisville's Save Our Shotgun (SOS) Initiative, the Kentucky Housing Corp, Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the Federal Home Loan Bank. Over 30 homes have received exterior restoration and renovation at no cost to the homeowners.

This new effort is in sync with the work that New Directions, Habitat, and other groups have...

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