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This year, Broken Sidewalk asked each Metro Council candidate to respond to a survey of questions related to the topics we cover here on the site: urbanism, transportation, health, and the environment. Broken Sidewalk will make no endorsements this year for Metro Council candidates, but we hope these survey responses—published verbatim—are helpful to voters in making up their minds.

02-metro-council-district-6We will be publishing the results by district. Below is District 6. Our survey included two types of questions: 1. multiple choice answers about personal behaviors and views, and 2. longer responses on a range of topics. Each candidate was also given an optional open field to expand upon a topic of their choosing, if they so desired.

Louisville Metro Council District Six comprises Old Louisville, Limerick, SoBro, California, Park Hill, Algonquin, South Louisville, Taylor Berry, and part of Parkland.

The candidates for District 6 include, in alphabetical order, barbershop owner Carol Clark (D) and incumbent David James (D).


Carol Clark

Have often do you walk to work or for basic errands?
A few times a month

Have often do you take transit to commute to work or for basic errands?
Never

How often do you ride a bike to get to work or for errands?
A few times a month

How often do you drive in a personal motor vehicle?
Every day

How safe do you feel as a pedestrian walking on Louisville’s streets?
Not very safe

Louisville’s transit system should expand service, infrastructure, and offerings.
Agree

The city should invest in complete street design that promotes safety for all road users.
Agree

Walkable and transit-oriented development should be promoted over auto-oriented development.
Undecided

Louisville should repair and maintain its existing transportation network before widening or building new roads.
Disagree

Historic architecture promotes the economic vitality of the Louisville region.
Agree

Describe your favorite walk OR your favorite place to hang out in your neighborhood.
There is no is nowhere to walk or hang out in California neighborhood.

What’s the biggest issue facing your district and how would you address it?
Crime, I would like to address crime with community policing where police can bridge the gap and get to know the community their policing, where by reducing crime.

In three sentences, what does Metro Council do?
Vote on needs of city and how to pay for them.
Economic development of community.
Establish a budget for the community.

Louisville is among the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrian collisions and fatalities. What would you do to improve street safety for all road users in Louisville? Please cite specific examples.
Add more information in the driving manual about the rights of pedestrians and when your license are due to be renewed you would be required to take a test about pedestrian safety.

What does responsible development look like in Louisville and in your district? What would you do to promote responsible development in Louisville?
First responsible act is to notify the community of up coming development that would affect the community in anyway.

Louisville is among the fastest warming cities in the country. Please describe your stance on fixing Louisville’s Urban Heat Island Effect. What specific steps need to be taken to solve this problem?
Louisville is said to have the fifth intense summer heat and that along with global warming is dangerous, solutions lots of trees.

How would you strike a balance between preservation, development, and economic development in Louisville?
All three should be addressed with same level of importance, taking care of the old building, up building up new building and bring in new technology and or industry that improve living standards


David James

Did not respond.

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