As mayor of the City of Bellemeade I needed to keep up with the fast changing University of Louisville’s plans for the Shelby campus just East of us. I have been dealing with it since becoming mayor two years ago. Has it been that long?
The change has been from a quiet university campus with lots of green grass where kids played soccer to plans for an Office and Research Park to be developed by -not the university but private developers. The plans called for up to 150 foot tall office buildings. Hmmm Not what Bellemeade residents envisioned reght next door.
To be fair that land is the most valuable real-estate in the East End of Louisville. The University really needs the money this development will bring in. In truth the office park could enhance property values in Bellemeade. However we wanted some restrictions on the part within 600 feet of our city limits. They did not want any restrictions. It was expensive to have our city attorney and my self go to the rezoning meetings and keep asking for the restrictions but we did and we got most of what we asked for.
We are not finished the agreement still has to get through the Metro City Council during their approval of the rezoning ordinance. We will be there!
Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “I will believe that when I see it.” or you have even said it. Like the Saints winning the Super Bowl.
The reverse is also often true “We see what we believe.” and even if it is not real for others it becomes real for us. On the other hand we sometimes refuse to believe something we see because it conflicts with our personal reality. Then we do not understand why all these other people can be so wrong!
How do we sort all that out in our own heads?
One way is to practice neutral party thinking. That is set aside your own belief system to examine all possible facts and options. Realize that others could see the same things from a different point of view and strife to know what that point of view is in this case. There may be more than one right answer to any problem.
It is not an easy thing to do but the process gives you a greater appreciation for the world around you including those with whom you disagree.