LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It was billed as a discussion about the future of Louisville's West End between Dr. Darrell Scott, an advisor to President Donald Trump, members of Trump's Urban Revitalization Coalition and the West Louisville community, but it was not the policies that stuck out, with the conversation between Scott and residents often turning contentious.
"That's disappointing. People and communities that need investment need some positive reinforcement," Mayor Greg Fischer, D.-Louisville, said. "They don't need somebody coming in making fun of them. I mean my gosh."
They were very dismissive of their conversation, very bullyish about even allowing them to complete a sentence," Metro Council President David James, D.-District 6, said. "It didn't go well at all."
James said he attended the meeting unsure of what to expect. He said the advisors from Washington would speak down to the attendees from the West End and would often cut them off. He said the advisors also denied redlining played any part in creating some of the issues plaguing Louisville's West Side.
Fischer did not attend the meeting, but did tout the more than $800 million invested into projects in Louisville's West End. He said he was disappointed the discourse did not focus more on policies and the ongoing development.
"I think it is a fair expectation for the citizens of all Louisville, West Louisville, that when somebody comes here to provide an answer that they've done their homework to say what's going on," he said.
With Gov. Matt Bevin, R.-Kentucky, joining them on stage, the Urban Revitalization Coalition was supposed to unveil a 13-point plan that would use tax incentives to bring investments from big companies into the West End, but Council President David James said the specifics of the plan was never made clear to him.
"I'm listening for process, policy, timelines, costs, public-private partnerships, those types of things," he said. "None of that was mentioned in any conversation."
James said he left the meeting shaking his head, hoping something positive will come from the evening.
"I believe an acknowledgment of the issues and listening to the residents will have to take place," he said. And an apology."
"Let's embrace the good things we have going on in our city," Fischer said. "Let's invite people that actually want to help this area with a positive solution as well."
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