Childhood development

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Covers Owens' recollections of his childhood spent in Sheppard Square. Owens talks about a community of families, strong male role models, and childhood friends. He recalls a safe and supportive environment. Bates Memorial Baptist Church, Grace Community Center, and a nearby library provided activities and mentoring. Owens recalls Central High School's highly qualified teachers. He covers memories of local businesses and his personal experiences with segregation. He finds it strange that he doesn't have any negative memories of Sheppard Square given its most recent reputation for poverty and crime. Owens has mixed emotions about the demolition of his childhood home.
Covers Russell's remembrances of living in Sheppard Square, focusing on his childhood through adolescence. He shares overwhlemingly positive memories of his experiences at Sheppard Square, giving particular praise to adults in the community, including Sheppard Square residents, area businessmen, neighborhood churches, and mentors at the Grace Community Center. He felt cared for, nourished, protected, and happy as a child. He recalls noticing a change in the neighborhood upon his return in 1972, including fewer children participating in organized activities, single-family homes, and vandalism. Russell talks about a major shift in the residency population taking place in the 1980s when long-time residents moved out. Russell is saddened by the demolition of his childhood home.
This interview covers Simpson's recollections of his life in Sheppard Square. Simpson talks about commuity relationships and his family's multi-generational history. Simpson talks about activities, especially boxing, and Fred Stoner at the Presbyterian Community Center, and busing to Kammerer Middle School. He was a champion chess player with his brother at Meyzeek Middle School. Simpson shares his perspective on the community's criminal activity and related societal issues. He talks about initally being conflicted over HOPE VI plans for Sheppard Square but eventually concluding that "project-type" housing for the poor has "run its course."
Snead focuses on childhood memories of being eager to move out of public housing. He recalls knowing he was poor and witnessing crime in the neighborhood. Residents looked out for one another and children were subject to correction by parents other than their own. He recalls hot apartments during the summer when the brick walls sweated and residents retreated outdoors, and wearing his brothers' hand-me-down clothes. He recalls the "strong black women" in the community and is frustrated by people who stereotype residents of public housing as one-dimensional welfare recipients. Snead approves of plans to demolish the complex. He talks about taking his son to Sheppard Square.
This interview covers Travis' memories of supportive and protected childhood in Louisville's West End. She talks about being homeless, and moving into Sheppard Square. She recalls her despair over the community's violence. She identifies herself as a peacemaker within the community. Community-based organizations such as the Network Center for Community Change and Women in Transition, and Spaulding University, were important resources and support networks for her. She applauds the Presbyterian Community Center and is concerned that this quality of programming may not be available in the neighborhoods where residents have been relocated. She expresses dissatisfaction with how the HOPE VI project was communicated to the residents, the program's relocation efforts and case management as a whole.
This interview covers White's recollection of his five years living in Sheppard Square as an adolescent and teenager. White reveals both the positive and negative impact that the community has had on his life. White recalls being undernourished, lacking clean clothes, being late or missing school, and minor criminal activity. He credits a long list of community-based support systems; mentors and outreach programs, especially at the Presbyterian Community Center and Meyzeek Middle School, with helping him to to achieve his goals. White is upset over the demolition of Sheppard Square and laments a community lost to future generations. Additionally, he's concerned that there may be a lack of "safety net" housing.