Sitting peacefully on a concrete platform on the corner of Mulberry Street and Chestnut Street in Jeffersonville, a few out-of-town ‘visitors’ watch the river town’s traffic roll by. Statues of a green alien, an Egyptian pharaoh and a golden lion are among the creatures passing time on the one-time pedestals for the elevated railroad approaching the Big Four Bridge down the street.
Walking down Mulberry Street, dozens of the 4-foot-by-4-foot concrete bumps parallel the road. At one time, a giant steel structure held up passing trains, but now serve as a reminder of the rail that used to be. There’s quite an arrangement of figures sitting there now, each centered on one of the plinths.
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.