- Professional Journalist
The Department of Justice just can't seem to get their fill of Louisville. Civil rights investigators are looking into Metro Council's rejection of a controversial affordable housing project for low-income seniors in Prospect. This whole thing was botched from the start. Defeat was correct given the proposal’s particulars. However, a few Metro Council members who opposed the plan did so in a manner giving the appearance that everyone in Prospect and the 16th District are ageist racist haters of the underprivileged.
The developer overreached from the beginning with their original proposal. It should have never gone to the planning commission as originally presented. Level heads could’ve hashed out a scaled back plan that would have been both economically viable and copacetic to the community. The idea of building this type of housing complex in the East End is entirely reasonable. If Timber Ridge was the wrong location, problem solvers could have identified somewhere acceptable to all.
Instead, everyone got their dander up, with some backroom deal making thrown in, resulting in the miserable optics and comments that now has us embroiled in a federal investigation.
Why do our elected officials refuse to use the “C” word - Compromise?