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Mayoral Candidates On Local Food Economy

February 17th, 2010 by jake · 7 Comments

Greg Fischer and Tyler Allen spoke about the importance of the local food economy:




Really? Making Louisville the national leader in local food economies? I love ambition, but… have you ever tried to buy produce in the West End? It’s nigh impossible.

And I’m not even sure what Allen said, aside from “providing incentives.” (In fairness, having had personal conversations with Tyler Allen, I know he and Lisa Moxley are the only two candidates who really “get” the severity of Louisville’s food deserts. I just wish he’d shared that knowledge with the crowd.)

Thoughts?

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 City Plow // Feb 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    How many “worlds best practices” can Louisville have? Seems to be Fischer’s answer for everything….

    For Allen, he’s on the right track- at least he knows the extent of the problem, its a start but we need more.

  • 2 Steve Magruder (I, not D or R) // Feb 17, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Fischer is definitely great at using corporate lingo. Which makes me wonder who he thought he was speaking to at this forum.

  • 3 Ken Wilson // Feb 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Both Fischer and Allen made very good points about the importance of local foods (actually regional foods would be more accurate). We need to create a center for the food grown in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Louisville’s location and history of being a commercial hub make it ideal for development of the ideas Fischer hinted here (the candidates WERE under serious time constraints). Tyler Allen’s expansion into the idea of urban gardening in conjunction with local distribution is important, too. Do you know about Heine Bros.’ Breaking New Grounds program built on Will Allen’s Growing Power program begun in Wisconsin?Such farming and farming practices can provide good food for those who need it, and have a positive effect on watersheds and other ecological concerns. The ‘world class’ claim is political rhetoric, of course, but I have no problems with that kind of high-bar talk.

    Your remarks need more critiquing than theirs. Your West End comment is a non-sequitor – like saying Why should we build a coffee shop when we can’t even get a good cup of coffee now. In other words, it was a pretty dumb comment, as are most of the snarky remarks you rely on. Your assessment of Fischer and Allen read something like, “I’m too dumb to understand them, so nobody else did.” Well, I understood.

    I have said this before for other reasons: Your flip, relentlessly nasty, snarky tone reveals real immaturity. It does not foster real discussion. The “Mayor McCheese” etc. thing is quite grating, like reading notes passed by high school kids.

    You know what the most serious problem facing Louisville and Kentucky? The absence of a large and serious educated intellectual life, the thinness of discourse. We have real culture here, but not much intellectual life. If we did, we could follow up discussions like Fischer’s and Allen’s.

    Blogs like Broken Sidewalk and Consuming Louisville – civil, informed, smart – help.

    Those like yours – merely smart-ass – don’t help.

  • 4 jake // Feb 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Here’s a hint: I couldn’t give two shits what anyone thinks of my opinion. Don’t like it? Don’t read it.

    Clearly you’re incapable of grasping sarcasm? My comment about the West End means that it’s currently impossible to buy produce in that part of town. Where did I remotely imply we shouldn’t build grocery stores or make produce available?

    Something else: Michelle doesn’t deal with politics and has a policy of not writing about anything that isn’t positive. Branden focuses on buildings and neighborhood development and rarely updates. The ‘Ville Voice & Page One? Politics & media in Kentucky– something that’s NEVER positive. But, really, don’t like it? Carry on about your life and don’t spend several minutes typing a page-long comment.

    Every single comment you’ve left here over the past several months is absolutely, 100% negative. And sometimes full of shit. Maybe stick to commenting on food instead of getting all crotchety here.

    People like you who pop a vein because you disagree with me are the most hilarious folks ever.

  • 5 chip // Feb 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

    City Plow-
    You are correct – “world’s best” is Fischers basic
    process for everything.
    Let’s stay with Tyler for local issues and good, better, best, new ideas.

  • 6 Bill // Feb 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Seems like they need some real local farmer markets so people that are growing things organic have better options for keeping their money earned from growing such produce and meats. My reasoning is that you need independent people running the process through a green market. Not sending all the money to some corporate honchos who had to file bankruptcy through their concept of having stores based on fresh produce.

    As far as getting fresh veggies in the West End, maybe someone down there is selling some, but more than likely its not going to get to the mass amount of the people until some sort of decent organization is setup where people can buy, sell, and trade.

    Actually its kind of interesting that there isn’t really a decent sized supermarket in many city areas. Strange because even some of the larger US cities have that. They’ve basically pulled any investment from the West End for the past many years. If you do a little bit of driving around, you’ll see all the shuttered factories and industrial plants that used to be running in the teens, twenties, and thirties blocks of the West End. Instead, they moved a lot of it out of the city and the rest relocated to one of the regional industrial parks that sprung up from about 1980 or so onward.

    So much for building the community. Yes, crime has been an issue. But you’re telling me with the myriad of security services and a decent police force, these areas can’t thrive again. Seems to me that if these people were given work and they want to work, then find them work. Weed out the lazy people like needs to be done until they can get their act together. That would be a testament to bringing community back and instead of letting it rot, it would do a bunch of good.

    Some think thats a bad thing because of their small minds. But what other choice do we have, let it all go to heck. Think about it.

  • 7 BT // Feb 19, 2010 at 3:13 am

    “Mayor McCheese” never really caught on but I very much enjoy the “Gas Station Governor” label. It’s perfect.

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