Here at People's Liberty we're always on the lookout for inspirational doers and civic-minded success stories. We're not only interested in the "cogs and wheels" of these experiences, but also the truly passionate people behind the scenes who make things work. Recently the PL team piled into a larger-than-life shuttle van and braved the elements to meet our friends at NoLi CDC who graciously showed us around Lexington, Kentucky. The food was good, the beer was better, and the company was topnotch. Here's some highlights from PL's amazing trip down south.
PL found out first-hand the rumors concerning southern hospitality were 100% true. Our friends at NoLi CDC hosted us at their offices located along the North Limestone corridor. A non-profit organization designed to address livability issues in the surrounding area, NoLi has been working to tackle issues concerning affordable housing, local connectivity and neighborhood identity. They've even instigated a Night Market that is growing in popularity amongst local vendors and Lexington's nocturnal shoppers. Historically, the North Limestone corridor is perceived simply as a thoroughfare that connects one part of town to the other. Thanks to the efforts of the NoLi team, some dramatic changes are beginning to take shape, positively effecting long-time residents and newcomers alike.
For lunch, we hit the Bread Box, a mixed-use development building with some incredibly innovative tenants. Home to West 6th Brewing, The Plantory, Smithtown Seafood, and Food Chain (just to name a few) this place is quite frankly "the bomb." The site's success is attributed to finely crafted, mutualistic relationships that arise from working side-by-side. West 6th brews the beer, the fish eat the grains, the restaurant buys the fish—really, what more could you want? The Plantory solidifies it all by providing flex workspaces for a broad range of social disruptors and civic-minded doers.
At PL, we view the opportunity to compare notes with our neighbors to the south as an invaluable experience. Our team is now better equipped to tackle the problems of tomorrow by drawing inspiration from their place-specific work. And who knows—perhaps our next bout of social disruption will contain just a little bit of Kentucky's unbridled spirit!