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Old 05-20-2008, 08:12 AM
 
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Is there a homeless problem in Louisville? Are there many beggars in the city streets and parks? What about the waterfront park? Do they congrigate there?
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Homeless problem? Depends on how you define problem. Are there homeless people in Louisville, yes there are. How many? To me 1 family is too many, but then again most homeless people are there due to the choices they have made. It's that one who is there due to accident that bothers me.

I don't see the homeless numbers anywhere in Louisville that I have seen "on the streets" of Chicago or Orlando or NYC, but yes, they are here too and I am saddened.
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:57 AM
 
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Homeless problem?To me 1 family is too many, but then again most homeless people are there due to the choices they have made. It's that one who is there due to accident that bothers me.
Yes I agree. I look at homeless people the same way as I do violent crime victims. In 95% of cases, it is the victims own bad choices which lead to the situation. It's the other 5% that I feel for.

I guess my point is, I am considering a relcation to Louisville, but have not been there enough to understand the city. The last city I looked at was Asheville, NC. On paper it looked as if it would be my next home. But when I visited I was really turned off by the incredible amount of homeless beggars. It was really un-nerving. You couldn't even enjoy a city park. I know most people will say" ah they are harmless". But the truth is MOST people are homeless because they have a drug problem or a mental condition. That makes anyone dangerous. I scratched that city off my lists.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:49 AM
 
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Default Ashville is a beautiful city, so is Louisville

Gee, I'm sorry you were so turned off by Ashville, N.C. It has a wonderful progressive community, incomparable geography, and some of the most gracious living I've observed.

I understand how a large population of homeless people could seem unnerving, but the fact is that most homeless people "are" harmless.

While alcohol and chemical dependency contribute to homelessness, the situation is much more complicated.
In fact, the National Alliance on Homelessness tells us that at least 50% of the homeless are families, including 1.35 million children.

Fully one-third of the chronically homeless are mentally disabled. This is a result of shutting down state mental hospitals during the 1980's, with a return of (helpless) people to half-way shelters in the community.

While knowing more about the reasons for homelessness in the nation may not change your mind about Ashville - and because Louisville has less of a problem perhaps, (I don't know, I haven't seen comparative statistics) - you're still making a good choice with Louisville. It too has a progressive community, LOTS of activities for a city its size, and I hope, a wonderful future for you.

You can visit this link for additional information on homelessness in America, for which unemployment, or being among the 'working poor', is the single largest cause: National Alliance to End Homelessness: Policy: Policy Focus Areas: Families
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Old 05-20-2008, 03:57 PM
 
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Louisville is not a big city...but compared to Asheville it is HUGE. There are homeless and beggars in every major city in America. No, they do not congregate at Waterfront Park. On city streets downtown, there are panhandlers, but not too many, and I find most of them polite compared to other major cities I have lived in.
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:32 PM
 
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Louisville is not a big city...but compared to Asheville it is HUGE. There are homeless and beggars in every major city in America. No, they do not congregate at Waterfront Park. On city streets downtown, there are panhandlers, but not too many, and I find most of them polite compared to other major cities I have lived in.
Thanks. That's what I wanted to hear.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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Actually Louisville is a pretty big city...you should read the following...
LouisvilleKy.gov - Your Government - Louisville/Jefferson County Merger
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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The actual city of Asheville is not my favorite - we have visited a number of times in order to visit Biltmore Estates and to evaluate the city as a retirement spot....crime is high in asheville, much of the city is run down. The very first time we visited, there were two carjackings during our visit - there are very nice surrounding towns, but Asheville itself is not our cup of tea - I was surprised at how depressed and dirty it was.
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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This part of town doesn't feel very "merged". We still have to pay for our own garbage pick up and there is little interest by Ol' Jerry in growing or developing this part of the county but then again, there isn't much in the way of wealth here To us out here it feels like the mayor just wants bragging rights.(look at how BIG we are)
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY (St. Matthews)
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The main area that seems to be populated by homeless people in Louisville is just east of downtown along Market, Jefferson, Liberty and Muhammad Ali between around 1st St and Clay St, near the old Haymarket, Dosker Manor housing projects, the First Link grocery store and Liberty Green (former site of Clarksdale housing projects) north of the medical center area. This is due to several homeless shelters in that area, namely Wayside Christian Mission on Jefferson St. (next to Dosker Manor and I-65). I still wouldn't call the area dangerous (at least not since Clarksdale was torn down), but maybe sketchy at night still.
As is the case in any downtown area of a large city, there are scattered cases of homeless/panhandlers downtown, particularly along 4th Street it seems.
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