Vision for the Future

Residents had hope and optimism about the future of the North End, and clear ideas for what they would like to see in the future. They wanted better street infrastructure - more bus shelters, complete streets, pedestrian crossings, and public trash cans. Residents wanted to see well maintained places that their children would actually want to use to recreate - more soccer fields and basketball courts.

They wanted to see more gardens, flowers, and landscaping. They wanted to see more buildings restored by neighborhood residents for businesses started by neighborhood residents. They wanted to see markers telling the history of the neighborhood, and children playing in the street. They wanted slower traffic and more conversation between neighbors. They wanted to smell baking bread and taste food that was more representative of the diversity of the North End.

Sacredness

Residents also listed several things that they found sacred. These aspects of Neighborhood Culture were what were valued above all other things listed above. These included physical things that make the North End of Lexington iconic in the greater Lexington landscape: historic buildings and architecture, Castlewood and Duncan Parks, the African-American cemetery on 7th Street, and the variety of churches throughout the community. 

Culturally, community members found the people of the North End sacred. They valued the working class demographics of the neighborhood, people with deep roots in the community, and new residents interested in being a part of the community. They appreciated the variety of religious groups that do work in the neighborhood and neighbors that open up their homes to the community. They valued the complex history of the community and people that seek to lift up what might not be known in that history.