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Lexington City Council Reviews Neighborhoods In Transition Report

Stu Johnson

Following two years of review, including public forums to gain community insight, Lexington City Council members now have a report in hand from the Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition.  Details were spelled out during Tuesday’s Council Work Session.

While gentrification is viewed as pushing residents out of their neighborhoods for the sake of development,Councilman James Brown said the focus needs to be on involuntary displacement. “We know that there’s some low-income neighborhoods and some older neighborhoods that need improvement and need investment.  We just want to help identify ways that we can continue to see that investment and those improvements without displacing long-term residents.” 

As Lexington continues to grow with an emphasis on in-fill and re-development, Brown noted the most vulnerable residents need to be protected.  The first district Council representative said several task force recommendations will be taken up in committee. 

Brown said a group might be formed to continue the conversation about displacement and measure progress.  The First District Council Member added some of the task force recommendations run parallel to suggestions from the Mayor’s Commission for Racial Justice and Equality. 

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