In 2006, I packed my bags and made the hour and a half trek from Lebanon, Kentucky to the big city to attend the University of Louisville. Little did I know that 13 years later I’d not only still be living in the city I’ve now come to know as home, but I’d move right back to the neighborhood where my college education began.

 I’m Danielle Huenefeld, and I’m thrilled to be your Neighborhood Voices contributor for Old Louisville. I moved to this neighborhood almost 2 years ago with my husband Andy, and we couldn’t love it more. You won’t find neighbors more committed to a neighborhood than here in Old Louisville. We have found a sense of place and camaraderie that we’ve never experienced in any other place we’ve lived in the city. Combine that with amazing historic architecture, beautiful streetscapes, and locally-owned businesses, and you’ve got a place that we are proud to call home. 

I’m excited to highlight some of the initiatives, businesses, and people in Old Louisville — a neighborhood that I find can often be misunderstood, underestimated, and overlooked. I want to highlight the immense potential in our neighborhood, the local businesses that contribute the character of Old Lou, and the people and organizations that are working together to make it a better place. 

We are a neighborhood of incredible historic architecture (the largest preservation district of Victorian architecture in the United States, in fact). We are a community of locally-driven individuals who are committed to our neighborhood. We are, most importantly, a diverse group of students, professionals, and Louisvillians who can see the promise of Old Louisville. 

When I first moved to Louisville over a decade ago, I was sure I would move away after graduation. But the city pulled me in and kept me around, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m excited to share more about my neighborhood with the #YesLouisville community, and shine a new light on Old Louisville. 

Danielle is also co-founder of Sour Mash Tours, Louisville’s only walking bourbon tour experience! Follow them on the socials @sourmashtours & visit them online to book your experience today. They love hometown tourists!

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