LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- People on Outer Loop are speaking out against a proposed low-income apartment complex. More than 300 people showed at this meeting to voice their opposition. The proposed complex, Frontgate Apartments, would be right in front of the Apple Valley neighborhood. People there are concerned about potential impacts of building low-income housing.
Frontgate Apartments, a government-subsidized housing project, has been proposed for 7411 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40228. As proposed, this development will impose significant harm on the Highview neighborhood in many ways.
Violating Mayor Greg Fischer’s professed principles, without soliciting community input (and ignoring prior concerns clearly expressed by citizens when a similar plan was proposed in 2009), Mayor Fischer supports LDG Development and the Frontgate Apartments proposal.
Mayor Fischer will not come meet with concerned citizens in this community about his actions in this case.
Mayor Fischer has said: “Our Administration believes strongly in having affordable housing choices throughout the community and so the Administration signed on as supporting their application.”
QUESTION: What are your thoughts? Do you think the Apple Valley residents have valid concerns? Or do you think they should be more understanding in today’s tough economy?
TOPIC 2: U.S. Olympic Uniforms Not “Made in America”? ABC News Gets Action
On Wednesday, July 11, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” aired its latest “Made in America" report from Sharyn Alfonsi. The focus of her report — the new uniforms unveiled for the U.S. Olympic team, designed by iconic American designer Ralph Lauren, did not carry a made in the U.S.A. label, but rather were made overseas in China.
Wednesday’s report sparked outrage among both “World News” viewers and lawmakers in Congress. “I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said when asked by ABC News, “If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, that is what they should wear.”
On Friday, ABC’s senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a former CEO of the Olympic Games, to weigh in. “I’m not going to weigh in on that. I’m sure the Olympic committee has sponsorship agreements and such that are involved in something of this nature,” Romney said.
President Obama’s spokesman felt the same way earlier in the day. ”Maybe for future Olympics, those kinds of things should be considered,” deputy White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. ”The United States Olympic Committee has said that they are a—they are privately funded. This isn’t a government decision,” Earnest said.
Finally, after reporting on the firestorm of reaction for two days ABC News heard back from both Ralph Lauren and the U.S. Olympic Committee. The U.S. Olympic Committee will change its policy so that U.S. Olympic uniforms are made in the USA by the next Olympics, in 2014. Ralph Lauren, the official maker of the Olympic uniforms, also released a statement making a similar pledge.
QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the Olympic uniforms being made in China? What about all the other products that Americans use that are made in other countries?