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    This article appeared in the October 2010 issue of Louisville Magazine. To subscribe, please visit

    The word “neighborhood” has always been an elastic term, and especially so in a city that until seven years ago was a whole county. It can mean, to some, a single street, or a group of streets whose homes were built about the same time, or a section of the city drawn around a central focal point, or a suburban subdivision, or section of a subdivision, or even a fifth- or sixth-class city inside the big city. Throughout October we will feature 16 of Louisville’s neighborhoods — not necessary the “goes without saying” selections that come up time and again, but pieces of real estate and social fabric inclusively chosen for their beauty, value, character, amenities and, well, neighborliness. To follow along with this series, please visit the Neighborly 'Hoods section.

    The two dilapidated housing projects from the 1950s and a ramshackle apartment building came down in the ’90s, to be replaced with a mixed-income, New Urbanist community — an in-town Norton Commons — of more than 400 single-family homes and hundreds of townhouses and apartments on roughly 130 acres. The neighborhood, now known as the Villages of Park DuValle, is in a part of west Louisville that was once called Little Africa. It has a walking path, stone mailboxes and street-dividing medians with signs telling people to stay off the grass. The construction plans, it’s worth mentioning, also put an emphasis on the importance of front porches in creating a community vibe.

    • Boundaries: Southern Avenue (north), Algonquin Parkway (south), Wilson Avenue (east), Shawnee Expressway (west).
    • Housing price range: $75,000-$250,000.
    • Nearby schools: DuValle Education Center (preschool), Carter Traditional Elementary, Foster Traditional Elementary, John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary, Johnson Traditional Middle.
    • Sidewalks: Yes.
    • Architecture: Traditional single- and two-story.
    • Age of housing: Recent-10 years.

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