Jeff Gahan and local Democrats tout purely Orwellian “preservation by demolition” theories filched from Greg Fischer.

Unretouched Floyd County Democratic Party blurb. 

Greg Fischer echoes neighborhood activist Phipps: “Tear it down.”

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Not Surprising: Greg Fischer’s Professed Transparency Is A Myth & He’s Learned Exactly Zero Preservation Lessons at The ‘Ville Voice.

In which Jake Payne levels Greg Fischer for non-transparency, a scenario strikingly familiar to New Albanians who looked on in abject disgust, powerless, as Jeff Gahan took down 922 Culbertson last year and designated Dan Coffey to ride shotgun on his official “bash historic preservation” stagecoach … all in the shadows and darkness of back alleys and Hauss Square corridors.

And who do Floyd County Democrats look to as a shining metro light?

That’d be Fischer, of course, who’ll attend the party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on April 23, presumably arriving aboard a CCE dump truck, wearing a hard hat (note that the image above is NOT photoshopped).

This one’s tackier than Mr. Disney’s cellar-scraping norm. From TVV:

If Steve Poe can save the façade at the Aloft site, those buildings’ historic façades could have been saved.

So I asked one of the individuals responsible for saving and paying for Whiskey Row (I’m making the decision to withhold publication of their name because you know how Greg Fischer treats whistleblowers) a couple questions.

They told me that the façades could have 100% been saved, quickly and easily. They also believe key parts of the buildings themselves could have been saved.

When asked what kind of message they think it sends the city’s residents when Metro Government takes abrupt action like this without communicating and without allowing anyone to respond? Here’s their response: “DISTURBING.”

48% ($139 million, including tax rebates and $17 million for a parking garage) of the Omni project will be taxpayer funded, so preservationists and all people with half a brain are adamant that there should have been more public input and way more listening on the part of Fischer and his staff.

Forget the historic buildings and their façades. Ignore the reality that Fischer’s employees routinely fine people for unkempt lawns and graffiti but can’t be bothered to protect properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

Louisville ought to be outraged because Mr. Transparency is once again trying to pull the wool over its eyes.

It’s all okay. In New Albany, our mutts have sweaters.