Why I’m Here is a collaboration between Insider Louisville and Live in Lou that highlights the stories of people who have chosen to call Louisville home — in their own words.
Nyshia is a proud Louisvillian! She recently moved back to the city after living in the Washington, DC metro area for nearly three years. Nyshia currently works for Booz Allen Hamilton as a Technical Communication Strategist, and she provides technical writing and quality assurance support for the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity program.
Outside of work, Nyshia enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the community, and exploring her newfound creative interest in interior design. Currently, she’s decorating her home as a passion project.
How many years have you lived in Louisville?
Louisville is my hometown. I moved here when I was three. Outside of the time I spent in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia), I have lived here ever since. I moved back in January of this year, so that would be about 25 years total.
What was the reason for your move to Louisville?
It probably goes without saying, but living in the DMV is a completely different experience than living in Louisville. The DMV has a faster pace, everything is spread out, and the cost of living is significantly higher than it is here. Overall, I appreciated the experience, but I realized a mid-size city was a better fit for me. Considering my ties to the city, I knew I wanted to move back to Louisville.
How has Louisville changed in the time you were away?
Since I was away for a short period of time, Louisville seems similar to how it was before I moved. Instead, the major change was my outlook. There were several positives that stemmed from my time away — most importantly my personal growth — but to my surprise, living in a different city made me appreciate Louisville even more.
After moving back, I made a conscientious effort to explore the city. This means not constantly visiting the same restaurants, shopping stores, venues, etc. This can be difficult at times, because I definitely prefer a routine. I’m working on exploring the city through the eyes of a tourist, and local event pages, such as Eventbrite and Meetup, have helped me expand my adventures.
What neighborhood do you live in, and what do you love about it?
I live in Fern Creek. Similar to a lot of places in the city, it is centrally located, so I can drive to most parts of Louisville within 20 minutes. This definitely wasn’t the case in the DMV.
What’s your favorite fun fact about Louisville?
An under-shared part of Louisville’s history is the Old Walnut Street business district, which is now Muhammad Ali Boulevard. I’ve traveled that road many times, but I didn’t learn about the business district until recently. While reading about historic Black/African American business districts in the United States, I was surprised to see Walnut Street mentioned. I had heard about the “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Oklahoma; U Street in Washington, DC; and the historic Black business community in Harlem, New York, but I had never heard about Old Walnut Street.
Although there is limited information about Old Walnut Street online, I was able to locate a few articles about the business district. I also spoke with my grandfather who distinctly remembers the area as a staple in Louisville’s community. Through my discovery, I found out Old Walnut Street was a popular and vital part of the local Black community, particularly during the 1920s through 1950s. The Old Walnut Street business district consisted of Black doctors, attorneys, bankers, and several other skilled professionals and businesses.
If you’re trying to convince someone to move to Louisville, what’s your pitch?
Louisville is a hidden gem. The city offers an eclectic mix of opportunity and adventure. The city has an affordable cost of living, booming career market, great creative/art scene, and a plethora of restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines — these are only a few qualities that make Louisville a standout city!