Louisville Metro Government will hold the first of eight town hall meetings Monday to gather citizens’ ideas and suggestions for the future of the city.
The meeting is part of the Vision Louisville Project, which will result in a 25-year plan for development in the city. City officials hope to gather 45,000 ideas for Vision Louisville in the coming 45 days.
“We’re looking for crazy ideas, wacky ideas, cool ideas, crazy ideas, innovative ideas…any idea,” says mayor’s spokesman Chris Poynter. “We’re really wanting to get the public’s input on what do they think that their city needs to look like in the next 25 years.”
Suggestions may relate to sustainability, public health, economic growth, the arts or any other area. Poynter says suggestions for improvements to public transit have been among the most common so far.
The Oslo, Norway-based Space Group is also working on Vision Louisville. The firm has already made some suggestions for the city (see below), and those ideas will be combined with the collected citizen input.
“[The Space Group] will be coming back to look at some of the ideas and trends of other cities across the nation, across the world. Then we’ll develop what we’ll take to the mayor and say, ‘This is what the public wants,'” Poynter says.
Once the plan is done, the challenge will be finding ways to finance it. Poynter says the goals will be divided into short, medium and long-term projects, and he said some may be potential beneficiaries of the local option sales tax, which Fischer has been lobbying for in Frankfort.
The first town hall meeting on the plan will run from 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m. at the Gheens Foundation Lodge in the Parklands of Floyds Fork. The city is also accepting ideas online.
Here is the Space Group’s initial presentation: