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Bluegrass-Aspendale housing project, 2005

Posted on May 9, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Aerial view of the Bluegrass-Aspendale public housing project on the east side of Lexington in October 2005. The intersection of Midland Ave., East Third and Winchester Roads is at the bottom right of the photo. The development was built in stages between 1936 and 1951 and was Lexington’s first venture into public housing. It was segregated initially and wasn’t until 1974 that a 300 yard fence was torn down. The complex had 963 units at it’s peak and around 1990 the Lexington Housing Authority began to thin out the neighborhood by demolishing 295 units. In October 2005 they received a federal grant to demolish the remainder of the structures, which can be seen in this photograph. The site was then redeveloped with single family homes and apartments and the addition of William Wells Brown elementary school. David Stephenson | Staff

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