The second area of a Council member’s work is identifying those issues that connect every neighborhood in a district.
Bardstown Road – a Master Plan that Serves Neighbors
In District 8, that means Bardstown Road. It’s our backbone, and it connects us all. We love Bardstown Road’s balance of commercial activity and wonderful residential neighborhoods right next to it. But too many people feel that this delicate balance is out of whack. I want to work with our neighborhood associations and our neighbors to develop a new Master Plan for Bardstown Road in District 8. We need to design crosswalks that actually work; a solution for parking that relieves pressure from residential blocks; find public transportation solutions that serve all users of the road; and achieve an overall design that honors the unique character of this important urban corridor while making it better serve the needs of the citizens who live near it and give it life.
Connecting Neighbors in the 21st Century
I also want to use my experience in building digital businesses and online communities to develop a 1-stop shop for citizens, an online platform that lets people see how their council member (and all Metro agencies) are addressing their concerns. As a council member I need a tool like this, too. If police are being called to Bardstown Road bars because of illegal activity I need to know about it when it’s happening, not after police have been called out hundreds of times and we read about it in the paper. This kind of tool will bring government service into the 21st Century and also give us a chance to build a stronger community; some of the answers we need will come from the Council and Metro government, and some will come from each other.