U of L graduate student Ashley Triplett applies anthropological methods and perspectives to “assist the city of Louisville to grow into the next century.”

 Working with Develop Louisville’s Planning and Designs Services Department, I am assisting with the developmental process of data collection, analysis, and community engagement for Metro Louisville’s new twenty-year plan. City plans generate guidelines for regulations, public and private development, housing, mobility, preservation, public art, sustainability efforts, and other aspects of urban growth. In addition to working with Metro Louisville’s 2040 comprehensive plan, I am assisting in re-imagining neighborhoods through planning efforts, including the Floyds Fork, California, and Russell Neighborhoods. These efforts include the use of land-use assessments, public feedback, background studies, and contemporary analysis in anticipation of our city’s future growth patterns, resources, and needs. Coming to this internship from an anthropological perspective, I am able to apply qualitative research methods to public engagement strategies in an effort to build the city in an inclusive and humanistic way. Cities are reflections of current society, and as the lens of urban anthropology makes clear, planning for the social ramifications of the built environment is crucial. Both infrastructure and populations absorb and project each other’s characteristics in urban growth. I plan to use these perspectives to help assist the city of Louisville to grow into the next century, while also addressing problems of our past.