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'Neighborly' facelift improves the look of historic Louisville corner

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville residents are rallying to change the landscape at a historic corner of a town that needs a facelift, bringing new meaning to the phrase "being neighborly."

At the corner of Logan and Goss, three communities are coming together, low in income, but high in pride.

"We're proud of these historic neighborhoods," said Jennifer Chappell. "Schnitzelburg, Shelby Park, and German/Paristown...it's just nice to see the community driving by and say, 'Hey, thank you for this. This is the best thing that's happened to this area.'"

It's the place Chappell calls home.

"I don't drink coffee, but I turn that corner every single morning when I drive downtown to work and it's like a boost of energy," Chappell said. "It's just so colorful."

Chappell led the 3 Points campaign, a streetscaping project that sought funding to transform a rundown corner of town where Schnitzelburg, Shelby Park and Germantown all meet.

The story behind a mural is much more than meets the eye. It's Louisville's first "Neighborly" project. That's Neighborly, a crowd-funding Web site where ever dollar donated must go to civic projects.

In addition to the paint on the side of Abell Elevator building, you will find new trees, shrubs, benches and lights in the area. The artists and landscapers worked on faith, believing the money would be there.

The Neighborly campaign ended this week, with nearly $4,000 raised and Metro Council kicking in a grant for the rest. The total cost was $10,000.

"It's a good way to get more public engagement into the project and spread public resources where they're necessary," said Metro Councilman David Tandy.

Sidewalks are the next improvement, along with another mural and a metal sculptures. And for Jennifer Chappell, there's no stopping now.

"Just because there's so much more that needs to happen," Chappell said. "To me, I can't appreciate it until it's all done and my mind is so frantic right now. But it's a delight."

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