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Volunteers conducting surveys in Russell Neighborhood

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The Russell Neighborhood is about to get a multi-million dollar makeover and before that happens, opportunity could be knocking for the people who live there. The Russell Neighborhood is about to get a multi-million dollar makeover and before that happens, opportunity could be knocking for the people who live there.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Russell Neighborhood is about to get a multi-million dollar makeover and before that happens, opportunity could be knocking for the people who live there.

Volunteers are going door to door in the Neighborhood, conducting a survey. The goal is to get input from people who live there about the future of the neighborhood.

Jackie Floyd is one of the volunteers. She is knocking on a lot of doors and asking a lot of questions.

"Not only knocking at the door but I go to the food pantries, I go to wherever I see people congregating," said Floyd.

The goal is to get input from people who live, work, play and own property there.

"To get their opinions, their thoughts, their wisdom about the plot, the route that Russell should take as a community to prosperity and change," said Lisa Thompson, Chief Operating Officer for New Direction Housing Corporation.

Thompson said the survey is part of a federal choice grant in the millions. It is aimed at paying for improvements in the Russell Neighborhood, which stretches from Ninth to 32nd Street.

"The keystone of choice is that everybody works together to determine the neighborhood plan," Thompson said.

There have already been meetings to get input, but the surveys are aimed at reaching even more people.

"I think it is a good thing that they're getting input from everyone," said Mark Calloway, a Russell Neighborhood business owner.

Calloway said he is looking forward to sharing his ideas about how to make Russell better.

"It is always good to have ideas of what you would like to see happen versus what will actually happen. There's always a stigma that negative things come from it," he said.

The area has seen more than its share of crime in recent years.

"It has been a very positive reception," said Jackie Floyd.

Which might explain some of the feedback Floyd has received so far.

"Everybody is talking about better police protection, crime fighting, the Walmart, more stores and restaurants in the Russell Community," she explained.

To take the survey, click here

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