Jackie Green moved to Louisville in 1975 as a postgraduate student. He owns Louisville’s only downtown bicycle shop and manages urban Louisville properties (commercial and residential). In the 1980s Jackie bought and rehabbed four historic structures in what is now known as NULU. Thirty years ahead of others, Jackie sees Louisville as it should be.
Upon moving back to Louisville in 1999 he immediately began volunteer work with the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation (CART), Friends of Beargrass Creek (now Beargrass Creek Alliance), Sierra Club, and others. He chaired a committee that relocated four Sudanese to Louisville working with Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Highland Baptist Church.
He began No Wider I-64, a group fighting Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s plan to widen I-64 through Cherokee Park and surrounding neighborhoods. That effort resulted in Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s public but false denial of the plan and ultimately, in Cochran Hill getting federal protection. As Executive Director of CART he established a Location Efficient Mortgage program with local banks, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), and Metropolitan Housing Coalition and was successful in forcing a public transit option into the Ohio River Bridges Project (ORBP). Those who orchestrated ORBP designed a flawed public transit system, guaranteed to fail as an option.
He orchestrated ten community leaders to bicycle to work the two weeks prior to Bike to Work Day years before the city picked up the Bike to Work banner. He pioneered bike valet services at Forecastle and other events. He started a bike courier service in 2003 to teach drivers how to relate to cyclists on urban streets. He helped develop and pilot UofL’s Earn-a-Bike program.
Jackie challenged Metro’s urban transportation policies by fighting and winning two charges against him as cycled down Third Street (Obstructing a Highway and Disregarding a Traffic Signal). The win established that cyclists do not have to use the bike lanes and cyclists may take safety measures at an intersection no matter the color of a light.
He led the community based Lower Frankfort Avenue Initiative resulting in:
…. Metro removing the cars parked in Beargrass Creek’s flood plain at the motor vehicle impound lot,
…. a coalition of businesses, non-profits and community leaders presenting a resolution to Louisville Mayor Greg regarding the impound lot
….the city testing impound lot runoff into Beargrass Creek for the first time in twenty one years.
…. the city beginning the process of moving and reforming the impound lot
He is following up on the impound lot advocating for answers to his questions:
…. Would we need such a large impound lot if urban traffic were calmed and reduced?
…. Are we violating environmental justice standards if the ‘new’ impound lot is not reduced in size, better designed and responsibly managed?
…. How quickly can we get Kentucky to drop the restrictions on how much the city can charge those who should be held responsible for the towed vehicles – the owners and insurers?
…. Can we build a vertical storage (garage) funded by fees collected from the owners and insurers?
He is leading the lower Frankfort Avenue initiative in addressing the slurry on the road (and sewer) and dust in the air originating from the cement factory .
He led another community group organizing a regional environmental conference, The Green Convene.
Jackie’s commitment to urban Louisville began in the 1980s when he bought and rehabbed four historic structures in what is now known as NULU. Upon moving back to Louisville he bought a 100 year old empty building in downtown Louisville and headquartered the bike shop there. He has bought empty historic buildings in Clifton and south of Old Louisville, putting them back in use, leasing them to artists and businesses. He is currently working on a plan to rehab four more historical buildings downtown, and developing plans to replace a surface parking lot with Louisville’s first car-free residential complex. He opposes the plans for the new suburban VA Hospital and opposed the violation of community standards by the Dixie and Broadway WalMart.
The electrical needs of his home are supplied by solar panels. He also installed an 8.5 kW solar array on one of the 100 year old buildings he owns. He gardens, keeps a few fruit trees and a dozen urban grape vines, has kept three beehives downtown, and has been car-free since 1999, flight-free since 1993 (again, decades ahead of others).
Jackie ran for mayor on a platform of sustainability in 2010 and 2014. He has been a consistent critic of Louisville’s sustainability, land use, transportation and long range plans. He runs now as an independent candidate for mayor, on the same platform of sustainability.
Jackie and his family live in the Highlands. His wife works with a local hospital as a physician assistant. Their daughters attend JCPS public schools.