Lords of the Sharrow? This blog’s editors discuss cycling opportunities in Jeffersonville as compared with New Albany.

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Bluegill posted a characteristically insightful thought about cycling.

Jeff: I listen to Jeffersonville’s mayor touting increased cycling opportunities there. Then I look out the window here in New Albany where preexisting infrastructure is actually better suited to cycling opportunities but our mayor and planners have worked to specifically remove bicycles from nearly every plan and space. That’s a big difference, one for which New Albany will pay for a long time if not corrected.

I replied.

Roger: And of course we both recall our purportedly (is puppet-edly a word?) council rep Greg Phipps stating aloud that Jeff Speck’s views on the matter of bicycling were just crazily out of sync with mainstream New Albany (read: alien to Gahanism) and merited adjustment (read: outright removal). But there they are, all the Phipps signs in the yards of “progressives,” who’ll praise Jeffersonville’s Republican Mayor for bicycling initiatives even as they vote for Phipps and Gahan, otherwise known as Lords of the Sharrow. #IronyFreeNawbany

Jeff: Yes, on all accounts.

Roger: That’s what I thought, although occasionally we all need a bit of verification to make sure we haven’t gone insane …


Jeff: “Well, sure, I prefer the policies of so-and-so, but this time I’m voting for the one in the blue shirt, because I really like blue shirts, too.”

Roger:

Jeff: LOL. Three Republicans and a dentist’s office.

Democratic mayoral candidate David White understands that change begins with a whole lotta scrubbing, and NA Confidential advocates just such a deep civic cleansing. 

After eight years on the job, Mayor Jeff Gahan’s list of stunning “achievements” is long, indeed: tax increasesbudgetary hide ‘n’ seekself-deificationdaily hypocrisy, public housing takeovernon-transparencypay-to-play for no-bid contracts, bullying city residents and bullying city employees. Eight years is enough. It’s time to drain Gahan’s swamp, flush his ruling clique and take this city back from Gahan’s Indy-based special interest donors. 

NA Confidential supports David White for Mayor in the Democratic Party primary, with voting now through May 7

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