Demolishing Little Addie Street

440 Addie Street, Lexington, Kentucky. Fayette PVA
The African-American enclave within Lexington known as Smithtown today has a recognizable name thanks to the brown ale from West Sixth Brewing Company that bears its name (it's a tasty brew at 4.5%).

But the name Smithtown references a historically African-American neighborhood roughly bounded by Broadway, Jefferson, Fourth and Sixth streets. One of the streets within those bounds is Smith Street which runs between Fourth and Fifth streets.

Another short alley (Addie Street) only runs half that distance and is located to the east of Smith Street but to the west of Bourbon Street. I previously raised concerns about the demolition of vernacular architecture, like shotguns, in this immediate vicinity. In that post, I connected an affiliate of Transylvania University to the demolitions occurring as the school tries to increase its geographic footprint on Lexington's northside.

Kentucky Book Fair is This Weekend!

Over 200 authors are scheduled to assemble on Saturday at the Frankfort Convention Center for the 34th annual Kentucky Book Fair. Among the ranks are several individuals for whom I have tremendous respect for both their humanity and their craft.

Obviously, I can't mention mention all 200+ authors here, but there are a few I want to mention. First, there is Wendell Berry and George Ella Lyon. These Kentuckians are living testimony to the greatness of the Commonwealth. With common words, they inspire.

I 'm also looking forward to visiting with friends like Carol Peachee (The Birth of Bourbon), Cameron Ludwick and Blair Thomas (My Old Kentucky Road Trip), and Drew Breaux (Meow the Cow and other children's books). Steve Flairty (Kentucky's Ordinary Heroes) and Ben Woodard (Big Stink in Frog Pond) will both be there.

The Starting 5: October's MVPs

The starting five? I'm thinking about Ulis, Labissiere, Murray, Poythress and Briscoe. How about you?

And over here on the Kaintuckeean, October's Starting 5 were the month's MVPs (Most Valuable Posts).

So what were October's most popular posts?

A Ghoulish Walking Tour

The most popular post in October helped to promote what turned out to be an awesome event. #BGTdeTours' October edition including a historical & ghost walk of Lexington's past led by Kevin Steele of Lexington Ghost Walk and Creepy Crawl.

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The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away

St. Peter Claver Catholic Church is located at the northeast corner of Jefferson and Fourth streets in Lexington's Northside neighborhood. On November 6, 2015, the demolition permit was issued for this holy place.

But we knew it was coming.

The demolition is part of Phase II of a rehabilitation of the campus for this parish which dates to the 1880s. According to an April 1907 edition of the Lexington Leader, a "Catholic Church for the Negroes in Lexington is now under organization [and] a chapel has been secured in the colored Catholic school on West Fourth street, near Jefferson, and it will be opened within a short time." Previously, space was reserved "in the local Catholic Church for the colored people to worship."
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