Woodlawn Avenue

The World on Woodlawn

At the heart of the diverse and thriving Beechmont Neighborhood, Woodlawn Avenue is a historic commercial corridor that serves many. Community members and partners are coming together to support enhancements and local businesses growth.  Visit the World on Woodlawn, also known as the "WOW" District today!

Center For Neighborhoods has been selected to receive an AARP Community Challenge grant, on behalf of the Woodlawn Avenue Steering Committee. It’s all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all residents. This grant will extend through July 2021 and will support:


  1. New Mural on the side of Annie's Vietnamese Cafe (Completed March 2021)

  2. New accessible parking space (Completed December 2020)

  3. A community alley naming contest  (Contest completed: "Beechmont Alley" signage will be installed Summer 2021)

  4. New lighting in the alley to support safety 

  5. Transitioning the existing outdoor temporary social distancing space into a permanent seating area "parklet".

Continuous, Creative, and Strategic Grassroots Engagement that Includes Everyone

For years, many community partners have been engaging in collaborative work to support the revitalization of the historic Woodlawn Avenue main street. In 2017, Center For Neighborhoods began engaging residents and business owners around small design improvements. Through the 2018 Better Block Louisville program, semi-permanent and temporary physical improvements were co-created with area stakeholders. Through community conversations, charettes, and volunteer build events, Center For Neighborhoods provided the community tools to build out a temporary demonstration of potential safety enhancements and created vibrant public spaces. Beechmont Neighborhood Association hosted 2 additional well-attended pop-up beer gardens with local entertainment and continued community input-gathering. In 2019, Center For Neighborhoods led a partnership of 7 other organizations to collaborate with the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU)’s “Legacy Project” program for the 27th Congress.  Combining community input and ideation with data already collected during the previous two years of engagement and demonstration projects, the team produced a report with detailed recommendations for Woodlawn Avenue. Following the report’s release, Center For Neighborhoods held a large community gathering to prioritize recommendations and establish action steps moving forward. The Woodlawn Avenue Steering Committee continues to meet on a quarterly basis, implementing recommendations and strategies from the CNU report. Safety and activation of the mid-block alleyway is a priority concern for area residents and the businesses of the corridor. 


With generous, ongoing support from: 

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