Interview with Rick Redding

“…  as Jackie Green will tell you, he’s the only one in the race with a real vision for the future. Jackie’s focus is on climate change and how we can actually do something about it around here.” (Rick Redding – Rusty Satellite Show – 17 October 2018)
Go directly to the interview by sliding the timer to minute 33 on the following link.

Fischer’s Fish Tales, Fables and Fibs

A few of Fischer’s fish tales, fables and fibs follow.

ECONOMY (“jobs, jobs, jobs”)
. Fischer’s use of data and numbers are out of sync with the Courier Journal reports that Louisville is falling behind our peer cities on economic measures and in recruiting talented youth.
. Fischer’s pride in his distribution jobs ignores the fact that the low pay makes it necessary for many citizens to hold down three “jobs, jobs, jobs” to make ends meet.
. Fischer’s crown jewel (the OMNI) was less of an economic victory than it was a surrender of too much public treasure, too much public land and too much architectural heritage.
. Fischer’s touting of local economic successes ignores the fact that cities across the US are experiencing greater successes.

. Tearing down homeless camps before establishing an official homeless campsite is not compassionate.
. Trying to force a biodigester on the west end is not compassionate.
. Avoiding the term ‘sanctuary city’, calling the term ‘a politicized discussion’ shows no compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty.
. Allowing American Synthetic Rubber to release carcinogens shows no compassion for ASR’s neighbors.
. Allowing AirBNBs to take permanent housing off the market shows no compassion for a community in need of housing.
. Denying public transportation to the marginalized by redirecting TARC routes for street events shows no compassion.
. Putting affordable housing on the remote edge of the county with insufficient public transit, isolates people depending on old cars, showing no compassion.
. Extending remote new roads, bridges, sewers and water lines (for the benefit of land speculators) shows no compassion to depressed neighborhoods in need of infrastructure improvements.
. Imposing the monument to the Confederate soldier on the black community of Brandenburg shows no compassion for that community.
. Tolerating a high murder rate without challenging the state’s open carry law shows no compassion.

. Fischer refused to join other mayors in signing a letter to the EPA insisting that air standards be maintained.
. Fischer allowed American Synthetic Rubber to release more carcinogens into a stressed community.
. Fischer did not challenge the state’s war on solar, assuring more emissions from coal and fracted gas.
. Fischer refuses to reduce fine particulate matter and motor emissions by not reducing the 33 million miles this community drives daily.
. Fischer touts a Dixie Highway fake ‘bus rapid transit system’ that is designed to fail, rather than make easier, quicker, less expensive changes to TARC assured to transform not only Louisville’s transportation system, but also our land use.
. Fischer did not join the mayors of Cincinnati and Evansville in promoting standards be maintained regarding discharges into the Ohio River.
. Fischer refuses to clean up the impound lot’s vehicle fluid discharges into Beargrass Creek.
. Fischer refuses to calm and reduce urban traffic, eliminating the need for a large impound lot and the accompanying vehicle fluid discharges.
. Fischer refuses to take measures eliminating surface parking lots and the resultant flooding.
. Fischer refuses to take measures eliminating surface parking lots and the resultant urban heat island.
. Fischer allows the destruction of farms, fields, forests and flood plains for the new schemes of land speculators.
. Fischer shifts responsibility to the public for tree planting.
. Fischer refuses to challenge the billboard industry.
. Fischer did not oppose the loss of trees around Bowman Field.

. Fischer hides his Derby party lists, his SCALA association, his Amazon bid and other details unseen that we can only ponder.

. Fischer claims successes in dealing with vacant property as half of the properties sold through the Land Bank since 2010 are now vacant.

. The Dixie Hwy line is not a true BRT.
. The buses have no dedicated lanes, so they will be stuck with all the cars in the same slow jams.
. The line’s route is too long.
. The route has too few buses.
. The on-board-bus fare system is three years late in implementation for technical reasons, there is no reason to be optimistic about the technical systems of the
. The Dixie Hwy ‘BRT’ Lite will fail to meet expectations.

. Fischer’s promised urban grocery at OMNI never materialized.

More losses to peer cities

The earlier Courier Journal report that Louisville is not keeping up economically with peer cities is followed by this one that we are “losing talent to peer cities”. Add that to the list of Fishers’ Failures and Fibs.

We are losing because young talent wants to live in cities that are dense, have good public transit and are boldly commitment to the environment. The image below (from lists characteristics of a sustainable city.  Density, public transit and a commitment to the environment are central to Jackie Green.


News & understanding climate change

Read the news and decide if Louisville needs a mayor ready to take seriously climate change.
Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall In Florida Panhandle, With 155-MPH Winds
Kentucky Unlikely To Meet New Climate Change Goal
Image: lower Frankfort Avenue – cement plant under floodwaters
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Censorship shields Fischer

Darcy Costello’s report in the Courier Journal (link below) states well the issue of censorship surrounding the League of Women Voters mayoral forum/s. That censorship must be addressed, but my focus is on Greg Fischer’s failures and the inconsistencies between his statements and his policies. Those failures and inconsistencies deserve a public forum.  My vision of reshaping Louisville as the most sustainable city in North America also deserves a public discussion. Greg Fischer has a mantra, “jobs, jobs, jobs” (the Courier Journal has documented the weakness of his economic efforts). But he has no vision of how Louisville will face the challenges of climate change. As climate change alters the economies of the world, the nation, the state and of Louisville, Fischer’s “jobs, jobs, jobs” will evaporate. Greg Fischer is not preparing Louisville to face a low carbon economy. He hides behind his Office of Sustainability and his Chief Resilience Officer without  equipping the city to reduce our contribution to climate change. His ‘climate change mitigation’ skirts the need to minimize climate change. Louisville must play a leadership role, leading other cities in slowing climate change. The LWV forum must not be allowed to censor this public discussion by giving Greg Fischer prime time audience as the voice that addresses our most critical issue, climate change, is swept off-line.


League of Women Voters denying voice

The League of Women Voters has un-invited the only mayoral candidate whose ‘sustainability’ voice speaks to the future of our children and grandchildren; the only voice committed to nurturing Earth, and all of us who live on her; the only voice reminding us that Mother Nature neither negotiates nor compromises; the only voice, adamant and confrontive when truth demands, full of feminine compassion. One would think that such voice would resonate with both, the League of Women Voters and with the Louisville Women’s Coalition (which also denied participation of independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green) * . Women, who for generations fought for the vote and a voice, are now denying the only voice in this mayoral race that speaks to the greater women’s issues. This should serve as a warning to any minority group trying to be heard.

Having invited Jackie Green to participate with Fischer and Leet at 7:00 pm on the 16th of October in the mayoral debate (carried by WAVE TV and WFPL), the League is now insisting that he show up at  8:15 pm for a lesser (untelevised, no live radio broadcast) debate.

Jackie Green remains adamantly opposed to the debate change. Segregating the candidates results in damage to open discussion. It assures important issues, such as sustainability, will be lost or green-washed. It bows to the domination of the public sphere by two polarized parties, guaranteeing future “Kavanaugh circuses”.  It bows to the domination of the public sphere by two parties determined to jointly stay in control of that sphere.

This new debate format is an exercise in media censorship. Censorship OF the media, whether by government, by business interests, by influential individuals or by powerful groups, is universally condemned in open societies. Media agreeing to the debate format change is censorship BY the media. Too often media censors elections by treating the election as a horse race, calling from the sidelines, giving odds. Media often censors in failing to take an in depth examination of issues and nuances. Much of media, with business interests of its own, censors when candidate positions run counter to advertiser concerns. Media censors when candidate campaigns are unconventional. Media censors when it sensationalizes. Media censors when it does not like the message, bristling at the truth spoken. And media censors when it participates in shutting out important messages and voices.

When media censors elections, elections descend to popularity contests, to tribal expressions (Dems vs Reps), to fundraising contests, to a resignation to a two party system, to photo-op contests, to a poverty of ideas, to fashion contests, to a narrowing of options (current and future),and to a violation of democracy.

Louisville’s future, the world’s future, is at stake in local elections. Let us hope that local media will demand all candidates be allowed to fully participate.

* The Louisville Women’s Coalition (LWC) denied Jackie Green’s request to participate in the forum at the University Club in September. LWC then denied the request that some middle ground be found: a non-mic’ed chair in the corner of the podium, an invitation as special guest,…. Then, when Jackie Green showed up at the forum anyhow, he was told he could not enter beyond the foyer and informed that the doors would be locked as soon as the program began. He stepped outside and spoke there with Courier Journal and WAVE TV reporters.

12 years to limit devastation

UN scientists report: we have just 12 years to limit devastating global warming. …”every bit of warming matters, and we’re almost out of time to keep it in check.”

Fischer has Louisville sitting on the railroad tracks, drinking bourbon and ignoring a fast approaching train. Our children need a mayor who can transform Louisville into the most sustainable city in North America. In the transformation Louisville will lead other cities to a brighter future.

Habitat for Humanity – great idea, wrong place

Like Norton Commons, Habitat for Humanity’s new housing on the former Lake Louisvilla site is a great idea in the wrong place. And once again, Fischer was there to celebrate the ribbon cutting of yet another mistake.  Sure, many Louisville citizens need more affordable housing. But remote new subdivisions, affordable or pricey, are errors. The remote subdivision perpetuates a car dependency that sabotages any attempt to address climate change. That same car dependency is an expense which people with low incomes cannot afford. One unexpected car breakdown can isolate them in their remote subdivision, sending them in a spiral featuring the loss of job, home and even family.

The Habitat Lake Louisvilla subdivision is not serviced by TARC. Public transit is not an option for these low income residents. This is not an argument to extend TARC further, it is already spread too thin. TARC routes should service a smaller urban geography making it possible for urban citizens to live independent of cars.

The new Scholar House at Riverport made the same mistake. Both organizations stress the proximity to jobs. Interestingly, Riverport Scholar House is nowhere near UL, JCTC, Spalding, or Simmons. The job proximity seems to trump the proximity to school. And the jobs are low paying. I met with Habitat personnel in 2010 cautioning them against providing cheap labor to remote business. The seventeenth century Portuguese provided cheap labor to remote economies, slaves to the new world plantations. This is a role TARC should also be wary of. Those remote employers either need to pay their employees more, or provide transportation for their employees.

New remote subdivisions destroy farms, fields, forests and floodplains. They create more need for surface parking lots generating urban heat and flooding. They drain public resources (sewers, roads, and waterlines) and investment that are needed in other areas, the west end being one of those.Fischer Habitat


The MacArthur Fellow Disrupting Racism In Art

Artist Titus Kaphar’s work often confronts the history of slavery and racism in the United States. “If we are not honest about our past, then we cannot have a clear direction towards our future”. On confederate monuments:
“…we are continuing that binary conversation where we’re saying “either keep it up or take it down,”… The binary conversation doesn’t bring all of the issues into consideration. So there’s a third option. The third option is: We engage our contemporary artists of this time. In the same way that the WPA did, we bring in contemporary artists, we have them make sculptures that exist in the communities that they live in, we present those sculptures in the same community squares where these Robert E. Lee sculptures exist, we pull these Robert E. Lee sculptures down from the pedestal, bring them at the same level as these new contemporary works, and we force these works to engage one another. I think one of our challenges is that we sort of consistently try to make public sculpture in a way that it’s a sentence with a period at the end. And inevitably it’s not — it’s a comma, and there should be a clause after that.”
Fischer is stuck with his binary thinking. We need to acknowledge our shared history by putting the monuments in context, not by imposing them on other black communities (Brandenburg and the confederate soldier – to read previous blogs, key ‘monument’ in the search tile at )

More Fischer Secrets

To the secretive SCALA group, the secretive Derby guest list and the LMPD Explorer sex secrets, Fischer adds another secret. Insider reports that “Mayor Greg Fischer intends to appeal a judge’s ruling last month that ordered the city to release the incentive proposal it submitted last year to Amazon, which attempted to convince the company to locate its new headquarters in Louisville.”

Will we find out that he offered too much to Amazon as he did in giving OMNI too much city land, city treasure and a free hand in destroying our architectural heritage? His ‘trade secret’ argument falls flat when other cities have released their incentive proposals. But Fischer is intent on spending more money in court to keep his secrets.

A Green administration would have proposed that Amazon come participate in the recreation of Louisville as a sustainable city. We would have invited them to help create Louisville as the most sustainable city in North America. Enough of ‘giving away the store’ to attract investment. Companies who want to play a part in a regenerative vision will invest in a sustainable Louisville. Those looking for a handout can go elsewhere.  see (Economic Plan post)