This article examines the ACTIVE Louisville project, one of several Active Living by Design (ALbD) programs nationwide. ACTIVE Louisville worked in three low-income neighborhoods in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, during redevelopment of several large housing projects.
The goal of ACTIVE Louisville was to increase physical activity and active living by helping residents incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives. The program partnered with a wide set of community organizations to revitalize downtown Louisville.
- The ACTIVE Louisville project benefited from a wide set of resources that had already been brought together by the housing authority that developed the HOPE VI federal grant for redeveloping low-income housing in Louisville.
- Key partners of ACTIVE Louisville included city planners, health officials, the housing authority, the transit authority and the Presbyterian Community Center.
- The housing development, nearing completion in December 2009, has incorporated principles of active living, including the presence of wide sidewalks, safe street crossings and several green spaces.
- While ACTIVE Louisville benefited from a set of engaged partners, it suffered from the absence of a clearly defined lead partner. This created difficulties both in explaining the work of the project and in generating financial resources. High levels of turnover in project management also made it difficult to maintain momentum throughout the project.
- Improvements to policies and physical spaces appeared more likely to have a lasting effect on a community than programs and promotions, which are difficult to sustain after initial funding runs out.
ACTIVE Louisville was able to improve the physical environment in areas of downtown Louisville and to turn over key projects to other community organizations when funding ended. Beginning in 2006, the partnership also incorporated healthy eating into its projects using funding from Healthy Eating by Design.
Active Living by Design featured in a Special Supplement of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
- 1. The Active Living by Design National Program
- 2. Bike, Walk, and Wheel
- 3. Project U-Turn
- 4. Promoting and Developing a Trail Network Across Suburban, Rural, and Urban Communities
- 5. Building the Base
- 6. Leveraging Neighborhood-Scale Change for Policy and Program Reform in Buffalo, New York
- 7. Active Living Logan Square
- 8. ACTIVE Louisville
- 9. Slavic Village
- 10. The Path to Active Living
- 11. Get Active Orlando
- 12. Active Seattle
- 13. Achieving Built-Environment and Active Living Goals Through Music City Moves
- 14. Partnership Moves Community Toward Complete Streets
- 15. Activate Omaha
- 16. From Partnership to Policy
- 17. Establishing Best Practices for Changing the Built Environment to Promote Physical Activity
- 18. Implications of Active Living by Design for Broad Adoption, Successful Implementation, and Long-Term Sustainability
- 19. Active Living by Design as a Political Project
- 20. Active Living by Design