LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Friday evening in the Smoketown Neighborhood was filled with music, dancing and family fun.
“I think it's a positive opportunity whenever you're doing anything to bring people together, I think it's a step in the right direction,” said Kal Carey who attended the Smoketown Get’Down For Democracy.
Lampton Street was blocked off as part of the 3rd Annual Smoketown Get'Down, where several organizations and people from the area got together.
“This is community, this is love, this is unity, this is family, this is what Louisville is about right here,” said Kentucky State Representative Attica Scott.
The positivity comes after a surge of murders in the Smoketown neighborhood just three weeks ago. In fact, the violence is not far from where the street festival remade the area Friday night.
14-year-old Troyvonte Hurt, 18-year-old Cameron Pugh, and 22-year-old Larry Brewer were all shot and killed within days of each other near Shelby Park and the Smoketown Neighborhood.
“You wonder without these type of opportunities how many more of those negative outcomes would we be looking at,” said Carey.
The block party gave both kids and adults a glimpse at what a violent-free future could look like.
“Smoketown is showing what it looks like when people come together when they stand in unity when they focus on positivity,” said Representative Scott.