Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood is going through a period of transition. It’s been heated at times when dealing with issues like the JBS Swift slaughterhouse, but there’s no denying that Butchertown and its companion Nulu are transforming the area east of Downtown.
For a bit of perspective and a little entertainment, check out an article from 1997 on the Meatpacking District in New York when it was going through a similar change. The New York neighborhood has been completely transformed today, but about ten years ago it was a gritty and dirty place. Hat tip to Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York.
While Butchertown and Meatpacking are two vastly different neighborhoods (I don’t want to get into a comparative analysis), there are still a few parallels. The article essentially asks, “Can lawyers and club kids and drag queens and butchers find happiness together in Manhattan’s meatpacking district?” That same question is being asked in Louisville.
As Vanishing NY pointed out with a bit of regret, the answer is no. Today, the old industry is nearly non-existent and the area is packed full of expensive restaurants and trendy hotels. What do you think Butchertown and Nulu will look like in 15 or 20 years? Read the entire New York magazine article at Google Books.