Louisville, KY was home to the Sheppard Square housing project in its downtown Smoketown neighborhood. In 2011, the Louisville Metro Housing Authority received a federal HOPE VI grant to demolish the housing project and replace it with human-scale, mixed income residential development. In 2015, 220 former Sheppard Square families plus more than 100 new families are scheduled to return to the neighborhood, half of whom will be under the age of 25. There is no formal community center in this neighborhood, so IDEAS + YouthBuild Louisville proposed establishing a Creative Innovation Zone (CIZ). This would include artist residency projects, where artist/innovators would be charged to work with the community to develop and implement projects around workforce development, including education and makers; public design; and entrepreneurship.
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