I have a routine. You probably do, too. I wake up at the same time each morning. Eat a variation of the same breakfast, drive the same way to the bank, the grocery and the ice cream shop. When something new pops up like the curve in 18th street or the void created by demolition, I’m completely thrown. What happened to my city, I ask? Where is my safety?! They converted Mr. Charlie’s Candy Store into what? I give directions based on landmarks that haven’t existed in years to people who aren’t even from Louisville. 

I have a problem. 

As the sun rises and sets, new things are made, old things die and my fear as I age, is that I will be unable to reconcile change. 

AND SO MUCH IS CHANGING in the West End. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but I know it’s inevitable and warranted. This part of town has been cocooned long enough. While our past shines like the top of the Chrysler Building (I hope you got that Annie reference) our brightest days do not reside there. Transformation, rebirth, revitalization, whatever you want to call it, pushing us towards metamorphosis.

My understanding of this prompted me to start taking a different route home. To expand my map, and enjoy this space before it changes instead of wishing for it once it’s gone.

I want to share with you my favorite place in the West End. I wont tell you where it is (maybe that’s not the point of this series but, hey sometimes it be like that). I want you to stumble upon it like I did and realize that change isn’t that bad when you dictate the path that leads you there. 

I don’t know who did this or why. But I thank these artists for sharing their wonderful talents with us.

Who knows where these gorgeous works are located in the #WestEnd? We challenge you to go exploring and find them!

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