David Wicks and I met with the Deputy Mayor, Chief of Staff, LMPD, department heads,… a total of twelve Metro employees in the conference room off the Mayor’s office in December of 2017 to discuss the impound lot. Fifty minutes into the meeting Mary Ellen Wiederwohl said, “Jackie we haven’t heard anything from you.”
The essence of my response:
1 – Do not move the impound lot to any neighborhood if the lot is not aesthetically and environmentally well managed.
2 – Build a tightly controlled, vertical, impound garage paid for by a number of car related measures.
3 – A large impound facility is unnecessary if traffic were reduced and calmed.
Neighborhoods and council members have legitimately taken my first statement farther. None of them understandably want the impound facility in their back yard. On the other hand, none of them have insisted their neighborhoods be car free.
And the city’s response to my second statement? It was rejected as politically unpalatable and requiring that Louisville’s challenge state law (as well as change metro law).
The third statement? Instead of reducing and calming urban traffic; instead of transforming our urban transportation model from car based to public transit based, Fischer is looking for a bigger impound lot.
The Green economic/transportation/land use/neighborhood revitalization plan will make a large impound lot unnecessary, will calm and reduce traffic, and protect neighborhoods and the environment.