THE JUNGLE GROWS IN MY FRONT YARD, BUT NOT THEIRS
The picture I’ve selected to represent the racial equity/racism theme, was taken near the 1600 block of Wilson Avenue (Algonquin/Park Hill area). It represents the difference in expectations for different neighborhoods based on where a person lives as well as the lack of monetary resources to properly care for one’s property after acquisition. In Fern Creek, St. Matthews and Pleasure Ridge Park neighborhoods (to name a few) you will not see a jungle growing in the front yard of their residents’ homes because financially, they have excess resources to take care of their daily needs as well as the maintenance of their home. The unemployment rate for the previously mentioned areas range from 4.5 – 6.1 percent unlike Wilson Ave with a 23% unemployment rate (2014, Louisville Health Equity Report). Unfortunately, the residents living within the 1600 block of Wilson Ave live in a neighborhood that has at least 8 other homes that look just as bad. In order to make this situation better for the residents in the Algonquin/Park Hill area more equitable opportunities for well-paying jobs in or near their neighborhoods and community programs to share resources to help residents care for their homes properly.