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East End Residents Raise Race As Key Issue In Neighborhood Gentrification Debate

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Less than two weeks after a public forum on issues of gentrification and code enforcement in Lexington, the city’s Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition is preparing a list of possible solutions for its next meeting. WUKY’s Arlo Barnette reports.

The recent forum gathered input from over 200 Lexington residents, who spoke up on problems including institutional racism and predatory property development. On Tuesday, the Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition met to workshop the format of the forum and identify the primary issues reported by the public, while continuing to receive comments from a passionate handful of Lexingtonians.

Councilman James Brown is chair of the task force. He says the process of addressing feedback from the public is a long one, but he feels it’s worth it to get the task force on the same page with the community.

Brown says, by the next meeting, the task force will present those recommendations along with annotated district maps for public feedback. That takes place September 19th at Community Ventures on South Broadway.