As we resume the generally fruitless daily search for a solitary scrap of honor among the city council’s Gang of (Obstructionist) Four, their weekly attacks on the very notion of New Albany's future tense long having passed from amusingly undereducated blather to pathetically non-civic minded hooliganism, and as Dan Coffey unfurls his next plan to gut economic development in his own district, pausing only to gulp barbecued bologna while his Siamese Councilman cohort Li’l Stevie strums 70’s tunes amidst the ruins of Scribner Place … Louisville is having its own debate on the merits of progress vs. regress, in this instance with respect to the construction of a downtown arena.
Courier-Journal sports columnist Rick Bozich plunges straight to the heart of the matter with his column of Tuesday, June 21.
Here’s an excerpt designed to strike metaphorical chords among close observers of the life and times of New Albany:
“This is an opportunity to do something for a younger generation of Louisvillians who are hungry to look beyond the tenacious proponents of the status quo. This isn't simply about what is best for the University of Louisville. It is about what we want the sports landscape to look like in 10, 20, 30 years.”
“Robert Smith is from a different generation … he is 68 and retired from General Electric. But he understands what the younger generation is thinking.
“How could that be?
“Because he and his wife have raised six daughters. Not one has remained in Louisville. Not one.
“Four have left for other states because of better opportunities and lifestyles. More things to do.”
Young people have their day in arena debate, by Rick Bozich (limited shelf life on C-J links, so read it now).