Council Panel Begins Redistricting Discussions

by Rick Howlett on March 14, 2011

Early discussions are underway on how to go about redrawing Louisville’s Metro Council districts, as required after the 2010 U.S. Census.

A council workgroup has begun meetings on the process. Panel chair Rick Blackwell says the real work won’t begin until census figures are released next month.

He says it’s been generally thought that most of the population growth has occurred in eastern Jefferson County, but that might be too broad of an assumption.

“Most council members can find at least a neighborhood or two that has grown or even brand new neighborhoods in their districts. That’s true in my area, in Pleasure Ridge (Park), we’ve had a couple of new neighborhoods and a couple that have expanded significantly,” he said.

Blackwell said at its first meeting, the workgroup discussed the possibility of hiring an outside expert to help with the process, as was the case when the original council districts were drawn nearly a decade ago.

The workgroup’s next meeting is March 21.

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Attica Scott March 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

Our community needs to have real discussion and input on this topic so be part of a dialogue on “Census & Redistricting: What will be the future of our community?”

Saturday, March 26 · 10:00am – 12:00pm

African American Heritage Center
1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd
Louisville KY

The 2010 Census & Redistricting: what it means for our community

Please join the organizations listed below for what could prove to be the most important community discussion yet:

What will be the future of our community?

What is a census?
census = an official survey of the population, which occurs nationally every 10 years, with details as to age, gender, occupation, etc.

What is redistricting?
redistricting = dividing an area anew into districts as for administrative or electoral purposes

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