Next month, Louisville says goodbye to long-time Mayor Jerry Abramson and welcomes a new Mayor, Greg Fischer. And while I think Mr. Abramson is leaving Mr. Fischer with a city in generally good shape, there are a number of things I hope to see our new leader address from day one.
First, I hope to see a new culture of accountability. While many current city officials have done great work, we've learned of a disturbing number of many bad apples who misused their positions for far too long before being shown the door. I hope Mayor Fischer keeps a much tighter rein on his appointees.
Also, while downtown development must remain a top priority, I hope to see the city focus more on the real problems to be found in other areas, like the south end, Portland and the west end. Until everyone sees themselves as equal citizens in city government, our size will work against us – not for us.
And finally, I hope Mayor Fischer will be a real leader on the Ohio River Bridges Project. It's critical that he do everything possible to properly prioritize the plan's various aspects so we can actually start turning dirt on the ones that make fiscal sense and stop kidding ourselves about pie-in-the-sky concepts that'll never happen in the real world.
That's what I'm hoping for from the next Mayor. How about you?
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.