A troubling day in the neighborhood

April 23, 2008
Seeking tranquility for her family, Shekela Brasher moved to the 2200 block of Franklin Avenue, the narrow dead-end of a thoroughfare nestled in the Pleasure Ridge Park neighborhood, flanked by Dixie Highway and Cane Run Road, last July.
     “I was looking for a quiet place,” she said. Being a single black mother of three, Brasher, 33, wanted stability and decided that purchasing a home was paramount. She’d lived in West Louisville her whole life, but she worried about raising three teenagers there because of violent crime in certain areas.
     Once she settled in, Brasher adored the house and neighborhood. “We loved it,” she said. “It was peaceful.”
     Ten months later, however, Brasher had moved out of her dream home after a dispute with a neighbor escalated into what she described as intimidation, violence and racist threats.