is a city in Todd County
, United States
. The population was 1,469 at the 2000 census
. The city is named for James Guthrie, president of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad
when the city was incorporated in 1867.
Guthrie is located at (36.647396, -87.170725).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,469 people, 593 households, and 377 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,079.5 people per square mile (417.0/km²). There were 657 housing units at an average density of 482.8/sq mi (186.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.60% White
, 29.20% African American
, 0.48% Native American
, 0.20% Asian
, 0.20% Pacific Islander
, 1.36% from other races
, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 2.59% of the population.
There were 593 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 19.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,682, and the median income for a family was $31,083. Males had a median income of $27,868 versus $20,240 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,283. About 23.6% of families and 25.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.5% of those under age 18 and 25.6% of those age 65 or over.
Guthrie's Mayor Scott Marshall, along with Matthew Colin Bailey
, city engineer Mike McGhee, and Ex:officio mayor of Elkton, Kentucky
John Walton, and Senator Joey Pendleton
partnered with the University of Kentucky
's College of Design to reform the urban plan for the city of Guthrie. The city had been a problem area for the state of Kentucky since its decline in the 70s and later in the 1990s for a racial shooting that made headlines in national newspapers, television networks, and magazines. They began with plans for the restoration of a key building in the community,the GMAHC or Guthrie Multi-Cultural Arts and Heritage Center
which is considered the "hub" for the urban renewal project. In December of 2007, Matthew Bailey and the College of Design created schematic plans to revive the two story Eastlake Style building. In May of 2007, the city received a grant from the State of Kentucky
in the amount of $300,000 to begin the restoration of the GMAHC building into a museum showcasing the farming industry of southern Kentucky.
Guthrie, Kentucky is the flagship city for an urban design movement known District Regionalism
. The term was used by the University of Kentucky
's College of Design's (MODR) studio to describe sectors of communities in cities. The practice concerns organizing cities into smaller communities by creating distinctive regional and cultural references and having all necessities met within walking distance inside of those neighborhoods. The practice has proven to alter larger sprawling co-dependent cities into smaller self-reliant communities. District Regionalism opposes the socialist Jeffersonian, or Roman grid and most historical pattern making. "Networks", or pedestrian developments between landmarks, are placed throughout communities to reduce the scale of cities back to the human scope rather than that of the automobile. The share system is the most novel component of District Regionalism whereas distritcs invest in shares of public property giving the voting and ownership rights of what is typically government owned property.