Guest Editorial – Metro Council Redistricting (10/21/11) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Guest Editorial – Metro Council Redistricting (10/21/11)

Hello. I'm Eddie Davis, a representative of Concerned Citizens for District 1, and we are especially concerned about the effects on the district by the proposed Metro Council redistricting plan.

First of all, the percentage of the district's population that is black would radically decrease, from 71% to 58%.  No other district suffers such a decrease.

Second, the percentage of West Louisville precincts in the district would go from almost 75% to less than 45%.

Third, the geography of the district would be radically, fundamentally shifted to the Southwest, all the way to Riverport, with at least five northeastern former precincts going to other districts. 

And fourth, some of the most identifiable District 1 landmarks, including the Nia Center, the 28th/Broadway Kroger, and Chickasaw Park, would be taken away.

Our concern is made all the more acute by the fact that these radical, fundamental changes are unnecessary.  The much-talked-about citywide population increase of 47,000 and eastward population shift simply did not affect District 1. Its population shrank between censuses by only about 1.4%.

The upshot is that District 1 is being unnecessarily gerrymandered from being the "blackest" district to ranking only fourth of the six majority-minority districts. 

Redistricting doesn't have to be completed until December 31.  Let's slow down and get it right.  We need more public input and discussion.

I'm Eddie Davis, a concerned citizen for District 1, and that's my…Point of View.

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