Elijah McKenzie

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Elijah has called Louisville his home since moving here in 2006. He earned a BA degree in Communication and Anthropology from the University of Louisville, and has since worked as a filmmaker, teacher, gardener, journalist, and graphic designer. His hobbies include not owning a car and camping. Follow him on the Twitter dot com at @hulloweliyah.
There is no shortage of public art in Shelby Park. Over the past few years, murals have been steadily popping up all over the neighborhood, on properties that have been vacant, abandoned, or otherwise unused. Public art, however, is more...
A year ago, the Metro Louisville launched "Lots of Possibility," a competition asking engaged citizens with an eye for redevelopment to re-imagine vacant lots around the city. Shortly after the end of the competition, a project called dyeScape was announced as one of...
“So it goes.” —Kurt Vonnegut It’s been a rough year for localism in Louisville. March witnessed the final days of Wild & Wooly Video and the selling of Louisville Slugger to Wilson Sporting Goods. Even now, at the time of writing,...
If you plan on being anywhere near Clifton or Crescent Hill on Sunday, April 19th, do yourself a favor and throw away your car keys* and lace up your running shoes because from 2:00 to 6:00pm, Frankfort Avenue will again...
Earlier in March 2015, hundreds of bike enthusiasts gathered under one roof. Why the enthusiasm? The simple answer is custom bicycle frame building, but at the heart of this niche assembly is an ethic that encompasses all aspects of...
For a neighborhood with more nonprofit organizations than private businesses, and a dense concentration of repurposed historic buildings, Shelby Park is a unique, yet oft-forgotten gem. “We’re kind of a nonprofit headquarters,” said Chip Rogalinski, president of the Shelby Park...
Long before the days of urban sprawl, there was density—not just downtown, but also in Louisville's inner ring suburbs. Neighborhoods that once served as the heart of Louisville were sacrificed to the gods of progress—vast swaths of central Louisville,...
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities Inside the Okolona Branch Library, there is a room—a meeting room—decorated...
“It’s hard to believe this was all just a pile of garbage at one point,” said Matthew Kuhl, senior project architect for Perkins + Will. “Right here, where we’re standing, there’s about 20 feet of fill dirt. But now,...