In a courageous letter to the C-J, the past Director of River Fields unloads on the "obstructionist" who have championed the downtown option so fervently and selfishly for years:
I was astounded but not surprised that the first article about River Fields ("River Fields turns 50") made no mention of the negative effect they have had on Louisville and this region's transportation system and economy. We might not be staring down the barrel of a costly "two-bridge solution" if they had not championed the downtown option so fervently and selfishly years ago.
Opposition to the East End Bridge has been their primary focus and fundraising tool for the last decade. Without their use of political, legal and strategic financial influence, the East End Bridge might be near completion today and we would have been able to focus on better and possibly less expensive, less intrusive solutions for Spaghetti Junction and I-65 cross-river traffic.
They see their legacy as conservationists. I see them as misguided obstructionists who are unable to see the big picture for the greater good. Friday's front-page article "Suit wants bridge plans re-evaluated" drives the point home. Did our community leaders know what was up River Fields' sleeve? Wake up, Louisville. You're being sold down the river, literally.
The writer is a former executive director of River Fields, Inc. -- Editor.