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Old 02-20-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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I hear that shively, PRP, and Valley station ( Dixie highway) are not very good areas or not desirable, even Iroquois park area. Can someone please describe these areas to me? is southwest Louisville ghetto or nice?
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Old 02-20-2016, 04:22 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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From east of Shively along I-264 to Churchill Downs is mostly bad. Areas south of that are not bad in terms of having a lot of homicides, it's just very blue collar with a rural feel. It's a lot like the section of New Albany I live in. Few people have a college degree but most aren't poor, they work in middle class blue collar jobs like plumbing, mechanic, warehousing, etc. Most people drive American cars, old trucks are popular. There are very few health food stores or Chipotle type restaurants. Most of the people living there have ancestors who came to Louisville from rural Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama, etc. That area feels Southern culturally while the East End feels more like the affluent part of Cincinnati or St Louis.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:13 AM
 
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I hear that shively, PRP, and Valley station ( Dixie highway) are not very good areas or not desirable, even Iroquois park area. Can someone please describe these areas to me? is southwest Louisville ghetto or nice?
Neither. It skews toward the ghetto side of things, but that's not the appropriate term for that area. As censusdata said, it has a much more rural feel in that area. Amenities are limited. I don't avoid those areas, but I would agree that they're not particularly desirable.
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Old 02-21-2016, 05:40 PM
 
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On average it's lower income than east of Bardstown Road, but there are parts that are nice especially in PRP and have the same sort of McMansions you find in the East End, as well as some quite nice mid-century houses on the hills. The people that can afford these places though do tend to skew more toward blue collar professions and management that pay well, and culturally it shows. There is also nowhere near the level of disinvestment and abandoned houses and blight as you'd find in the West End, and violent crime is lower. There is going to be a major federally funded project to revamp Dixie Highway, which hopefully will do some good.
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:30 AM
 
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I lived in the South End off Southern Parkway near the 264. My few blocks were nice. But the entire area has different neighborhoods that are hit or miss. My area was ok, but on all sides a few blocks away were areas that weren't so nice. My neighborhood had well kept lawns, it was mostly families, and lots of middle class type of cars. But it really depends on which pat of the south/southwest portion you're looking at. There are pockets that are downright ghetto, but there are also some very nice areas. The homes on Southern Parkway itself are beautiful for the most part. But yes, like censusdata said, mostly white, blue collar, working/middle class people. Largely more Republican/conservative and culturally southern than other parts of Louisville.
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:45 AM
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It seems to me you could make a lot of money by buying cheap houses before their neighborhoods gentrify. You have to rent them out to keep from losing money while waiting for gentrification and big price increases. One key to being successful in such a business would be to pick the right tenants. Tenants who will take care of the property and not damage it. If you could get mortgages on all your properties, you would have a lot of leverage to get massive capital gains from gentrification. The key to picking the right tenants would be to do a good background check on them, and also write your rental agreement with the right terms to motivate them to keep the property in good condition and stay there a long time.
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:04 PM
 
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I just want to say this question was not to bash anyone or any area, this is just something I've heard before. I actually rarely use the word ghetto
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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I grew up in the south end of Louisville, off Palakta Avenue, near Iroquois Park, but I moved away when I was 6 and haven't considered moving back. As an adult, I spent many years living on the west coast, and so when I returned to my home state, I opted for Shelby County, and later the east end because I was more comfortable there because there were more professional career-oriented people than in the south end. I'm currently living in Mount Washington. It's more rural than the east end of Louisville, but it's close to my mom and that matters to me now.
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:26 AM
 
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I must say, I love the Palatka area, around manslick and those nice neighborhoods up the hills! there so amazing! you can get such a beautiful view from up in that area! There's even really nice houses in that area
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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I feel like the south end is the epitome of hit or miss. One neighborhood may be great while the next could be sketchy. I've lived far out in the east end (Worthington Hills area by the Chamberlain Ford Plant), St.Matthews/Lyndon border area, and in the South End off palatka (presently).I have to say, the lifestyle in the south end is MUCH easier to me. Traffic is not a big problem and as previously mentioned-it's more of a working middle-class area. The homes are cheaper so you get more bang for your buck, but chances are you'll have to drive out a ways to hang out at the "popular" spots such as St. Matthews and Bardstown road. We have all the basic amenities that you need, but sometimes I pass on going to places like the mall cause I don't feel like making the drive. When I hang out with friends, it usually entails me having to drive a good distance. There's not really much "fun" things to do down here other than some things like occasional events at the park. There isn't much of a night life or anything like that.

The east end has a reputation for rich snobby folks while the south end has a reputation for the opposite. When I tell people I live near iroquois park, the usual reaction I get is "yikes" or "ohhh I bet that's rough." That's the stereotype we get from the east enders when in all honestly, it's not bad at all. I've never feared my safety here. My neighborhood is nothing but older folks and middle-aged folks who work at places like GE and Ford. The prices down here give them the opportunity to live more comfortably, and most of them are hard-working and generous folks who will take a fair day's pay for a fair day's work and make the best of everything rather than complain up a storm about something meaningless. Everything out east is newer and continuously up and coming while the south end is just there. Everything around here is older and more run down, but it's really not a bad area at all. It's just more hit or miss than the east end with it's own culture.
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