"The last time the metro budget came out, there was a $20 million surplus. Out of that surplus, zero amount of money went to the West End, to deal with its problems with youth violence and lack of economic development. Now, if this is a compassionate city and there's a $20 million surplus and the highest crime rate is in the black community, it would make sense to tap into some of that money. The mayor said no. It's about political power and who represents your best interest and Louisville doesn't get it.
The East End has small strong neighborhood associations, they get it. They control their board members. The West End does not. It doesn't control anything, but gets controlled. Proof of that, look at the Wal-Mart deal. Why didn't the Wal-Mart deal go down? It wasn't because of the people in the West End, on the street corner. It was East End liberals, who own and operate jobs with justice, trying to play the union card on Wal-Mart. Now, we're starving for jobs and they're coming down here, trying to tell us what's good for us. Intelligent people need to defend their neighborhoods. Look they're giving the West End away.
To reverse all of that, it's with political power and education." - Eddie, Russell