The Bingham Fellows Class of 2022, a Leadership Louisville Center program, released its initiatives — and it’s all about reviving downtown Louisville.
“Moving Downtown Forward: Adapt & Reinvent” was the focus topic for the class made up of 40 select community-leaders from local organizations like Metro United Way, the Parks Alliance of Louisville, and Simmons College of Kentucky.
Over the course of last year, these Louisvillians explored solutions to reinvigorating Derby City’s downton landscape post-pandemic and created three projects to bring positive change to the city’s urban core. Here’s a look at the three projects, which you can hear more about in person on Thursday, March 9 at the LeadingBetter Summit at the Kentucky Center.
Based on studies that show physical, mental, and environmental health benefits from people spending time together outdoors, the Bingham Fellows launched this project with the hope of turning underutilized sidewalks, plazas, and other outdoor spaces into more defined and welcoming areas for people to gather.
Potential sites are proposed along Main and Fifth Streets with the first CitySpot launching this spring near Metro Hall.
This project aims to make the process of making art throughout the city — think: murals and other public installations — simple. Once it launches, the Public Activation Guide will be available on Louisville Metro’s website to help communities and individuals understand what it takes to make their neighborhoods an art destination.
This collective of Black-owned businesses aims to support the growth of Black store owners by creating downtown retail opportunities. It hosts a monthly market day at Fourth Street Live! showcasing vendors. The next one is on Sunday, March 18.