Main Branch Louisville Free Public Library 12/10/13:
Attorney Bud Hixson, gave a quick overview of CART's Bridges litigation, currently pending in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He discussed the litigation’s progress and timelines, key elements of the Appeal and the Title VI Civil Rights part of the Suit. Hixon noted that a new Surface Transportation Funding Bill that will be critical to local transportation funding is being drafted in the US Congress for passage in 2014. Whether advocates for transit and social justice can influence the form of the legislation and the flow of money is an open question. Louisville is a city divided by mobility access, race, and economic status and regional transportation planning should acknowledge the civil right inequities and address them.
This is a guest post by Martina Kunnecke
In many ways the current status for African Americans is far worse than slavery and Jim Crow, because our culture continues to minimize the effect of long term economic suppression and a steady diet of inferior educational experiences has had on three decades of African American students, families, and the community. We have a "the poor will always be with us" orientation.
We tend to think of racism in terms of cross-burning, hosing down protestors and torching black churches. We ignore the fundamental tools of colonialists used to control the economic destiny and cultural power of a people. These are far more powerful and insidious forms of social control and discrimination that can’t continue and must be stopped. For example:
Why I am Still a Light Rail Advocate
There has been a great deal of discussion about supporting Light Rail (LR) over Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or other forms of transit.
First let's clarify that CART, nor I, have ever seen LR as a stand alone system. There will always be buses and trolleys and other transit forms needed to make a comprehensive system. However, The advantages of LR as the core mode of a metropolitan transit system are significant and directly address the energy and climate concerns of this century as does no other system currently in operation.
Energy: Buses on Rubber wheels can never compete with the energy efficiency of steel on steel wheels powered by electricity. Neither can buses escape the traffic jams that plague our urban core and major traffic corridors – the most appropriate places to install LR. To ignore the energy advantages and the source flexibility of electricty isto ignore the most important lessons of our time – fossil fuels resources are limited and dangerous!
At the Crossroads: Thriving New Urbanism is Working for Competitor Cities as Louisville Languishes in the Past
If one element of liveability is more mobility choices then good bicycle facilities that connect people with destinations in addition to recreational opportunities means greater livability. Based on State Police records, accidents involving bicycles are distributed pretty evenly all over town indicating that better bicycle facilities increases mobility and safety for all.
"According to AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials), 'All roads, streets, and highways, except those where bicyclists are legally prohibited, should be designed and constructed under the assumption that they will be used by bicyclists. Therefore, bicyclists’ needs should be addressed in all phases of transportation planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation.' Also, design standards for bicycle and pedestrian facilities are addressed thoroughly in the Complete Streets Manual. How would you grade our progress toward achieving these goals? What would your organization’s wish list include that would bring the grade up?"
The question below looks at past development trends and questions the possibility of changing past growth patterns. It also adresses the idea of a designated Urban Growth Boundary like Portland Oregon and other US and international cities have implemented. The remaining largely rural land area in Jefferson County outside of the 2010 Census Urban Area Bounday (UAB) lies mostly east of Floyds Fork and is currently under development pressure. There is a serious effort by government and the Floyds Fork area community (links below)to manage the development intentionally with the goal of preserving the rural character of the area and protecting the watershed using ideas like regional and neighborhood centers, conservation districts, Transfer of Development Rights, and other land use planning tools. It is not yet certain how development will evolve east of Floyds Fork.
"Looking at the UAB Map (linked below), it is evident that Jefferson County is almost completely developed and it’s hard to deny that we have become a typical metropolis characterized by sprawling auto centric development. Over the past 20 years in the US the idea of “smart growth” using Form-Based Codes that favor context sensitive, environmentally conscious, multi-use, people oriented space has gained favor as the primary development planning framework over single use zoning rules. Given that Louisville is almost completely developed, are the ideas of "smart growth" and a designated "urban growth bounday" even relevant anymore? Why or why not? What if anything would be on your “smart growth” wish list?"
There are a number of documents that validate CART's Title VI complaint against the Bridges Project. THIS document is a direct compliant made to the KY General Assembly in 2002 and THIS one identifies health impacts of inequality that will be perpetuated if the Bridges Project is completed. Please support CART by joining us.
The New Devonian Calendar was created by a group of Louisvillians calling themselves the Divine Dipsters. It's not the usual calendar! It begins when the Mayan Calendar ends on December 21st of this year. It redesigns the year into quarters of 3 months with 28 days in each. Between the quarters are week long celebration periods around the solstices and equinoxes. All paintings are by Louisville Artist Peggy Sue Howard, and the calendar would be worth purchasing just for these. The entertaining text explains the calendar and includes as application for New Devonian Sainthood. The graphics on the Solstice and Equinox pages are artistic and informative. Profits are being divided between CART and the Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church for their handicap ramp. This is a limited edition of 1000 Units - (think Gutenburg Bible of the New Age.)