The Tables Have Turned (6/16/09)
When a group of local business people from Louisville visited Jacksonville, Florida about four years ago, we saw an impressive array of new developments and bustling activity in their center city. And we came back to Louisville anxious to apply some of their strategies here at home.
But during a return visit last weekend, I was surprised to see that much has changed in Jacksonville. And not for the better.
On a weekday afternoon, their ambitious commercial riverfront development was a shadow of its former self, with a third to half of the stores and restaurants that were there four years ago now gone.
And the waterfront wasn't the only trouble spot. There were few people or activities to be found throughout the entire downtown on Friday or Saturday.
Funny how things change. Now the city that looked as if it had all the answers has hit hard times, while Louisville - even with the problems we DO have -- looks to be in great shape by comparison.
This hasn't happened by accident. It's the result of good leadership. And the fact is, while Mayor Abramson and the Metro Council don't get everything done we'd like, they've done a pretty good job of keeping our city viable and lively during the recent tough times.
Sure, there'll always be complainers who can do nothing but second guess every decision made by our civic leaders, but I think it's important to give credit for a job well done where it's due.
Do you agree or disagree? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.