By Jackie Green
Governing magazine recently recognized several “Public Officials of the Year” — elected, appointed and career office-holders from across the nation.
Mayor Greg Fischer was one of those recognized. He was recognized as being “Data Driven,” praised for efforts such as LouieStat. “It all comes back to information.” The article ends by quoting him: “It’s data, man.”
No, Greg, it is not about data, it is about the mother who stood with her two children at a shelterless bus stop last week, unprotected from the winter storm, waiting for a bus that runs too infrequently while you boast of the WiFi on TARC’s new buses serving adjacent counties.
No, Greg, it is not about data, it is about the taxes that go to, but never come back from Frankfort, while you lobby for another taxation tool — the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST).
No, Greg, it is not about data, it is about the farms, fields and forests that the region is losing as investment continues to flow east, even as the West End deteriorates.
No, Greg, it is not about data, it is about the brick and mortar history you are allowing to be replaced with surface parking lots.
No, Greg, it is not about data, it is about the trees that are being demolished to make way for interstate highways through our city while you ignore your own Tree Advisory Commission.
No, Greg, it is not about data, nor is it about a mega-metropolis. You are mayor of Louisville, a city, not a mega-metropolis.
No, Greg, it is not about data, it is about the health of citizens, while you cash in on machines that dispense sugar water into disposable cups.
No, Greg, it is not about data, it is about a vision for a sustainable Louisville.
About Jackie Green: earthling, husband, father, bike shop owner, advocate of walkable/transit-rich cities linked by passenger rail, 2010 independent mayoral candidate, car free since 1999, flight free since 1993.