US (KY): West Louisville FoodPort is food economy-boosting architectural stunner

In West Louisville, a part of town ravaged by high unemployment rates and where a fast-food cheeseburger is infinity easier to secure than a head of broccoli, plans have just been unveiled for an ambitious new project that jubilates and promotes regional agriculture while also tackling serious issues such as food insecurity in the surrounding community.


An overhead view of OMA's master plan for the brownfield site-transforming West Louisville FoodPort. (All renderings: OMA)
 
Dubbed West Louisville FoodPort, the project is the brainchild of Seed Capital KY, a nonprofit with the mission to “catalyze the success and resilience of Kentucky’s regional agriculture and regional food economy.” To be erected on a vacant 24-acre parcel along West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, the West Louisville FoodPort is one part razzle-dazzle adaptive reuse project, one part farmers market on steroids — a regional ag theme park with heavy emphases on education, commerce and environmental sustainability. 


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