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Rancid smell coming from site of building collapse in Parkland neighborhood

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Photo courtesy Leigh Barrick Photo courtesy Leigh Barrick
Photo courtesy Leigh Barrick Photo courtesy Leigh Barrick
Photo courtesy Leigh Barrick Photo courtesy Leigh Barrick
Photo courtesy Leigh Barrick Photo courtesy Leigh Barrick

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Leigh Barrick finds art in many of the buildings in Louisville's west end.

"I focus on abandonment, old buildings, architectural interests," she said.

Les's Meat Market was one those places.

"It struck me. The way the clouds were in the sky. It was a beautiful moment, so I took photos of it," Barrick said.

That was one week before the building's collapse. John Dozier, 71, lost his life.

"I knew it was going to collapse," Barrick said. "The question was when."

She said that because of what she saw that day and what you can still see in the pictures she holds close: cracks in the building, bricks on the ground, and even a haunting image of what could've happened if the building gave way sooner.

"There was a baby carriage in front of the doorway, which in retrospect is pretty terrifying," she said.

The building has since been demolished, but problems at 28th Street and Grand Avenue far from over.

"Well, you can smell it," neighbor John E. Thomas said.

It's rotting meat. 

"To me, it's a health issue," Clarence Moorman told WDRB.

Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green doesn't disagree. She's calling for answers, not only about the building, but the festering meat and its smell.

"I am disgusted by the fact that we are sitting here, and there's a rotten truck of meat. And if you're not doing your job, then maybe you don't deserve to have that job."

Green added she's already made calls to the city to get it taken care of, but that was Tuesday, and the smell remains.

"There are people who live in west Louisville, and people who live in Parkland, who deserve a good quality of life," Green said.

As for Barrick, she's still taking pictures at 28th and Grand. 

"You can't get this moment back, for better or for worse," she said.

Only now, it's with a heavy heart.

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