Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, speaking to the editorial board of the Charleston Gazette of West Virginia last week, explained our reasons for merging thusly:
You have the chance to be, to have growth — significant growth in your suburban areas. And the question becomes, as it was in the old City of Louisville, we were a city that was, we were getting poorer, we were getting more minority — we were getting poorer, blacker and older. And so as I was saying earlier, every time we lost merger in our community — the city always voted for it. The county was the one that voted against it. And at that time, when it would lose, it was people living in the suburbs who didn’t want the problems of the city.
I just got off the phone with Chad Carlton, a spokesman for Abramson, who had this to say:
He was trying to encapsulate in shorthand the demographics. If that was offensive to anybody, it was not his intent. His intent is nothing but to promote the positives we have in this community and the diversity of the people here.