Lexington mayoral candidate Danny Mayer believes infrastructure and economic development strategies need to extend beyond downtown. The 38-year old joins incumbent Jim Gray and former Lexington police chief Anthany Beatty in this year’s race for mayor.
Mayer published the community newspaper ‘North of Center’ for more than four years. “I’ve studied the city. I’ve covered the city. I’ve written about the city. I’ve walked through the city. I think my ideas and the directions I have are different enough from the other candidates and I also think that they’re the most beneficial looking forward five, ten, fifteen years from now in the city,” said Mayer.
Mayer would like to see an expansion of connecting bike routes throughout the community. While agreeing that a vital downtown is important, He believes there need to be economic hubs in suburbs. For instance, Mayer worries the Rupp Arena project is requiring too much public money and it will mean more tax money later to develop the area around the re-done arena. Mayer believes too much financial emphasis is placed on high profile projects like Rupp Arena, Centre Point, and the distillery district. “I feel like there are other initiatives, things that we can put out public infrastructure money towards that would benefit out entire city,” said Mayer. Mayer maintains too often the focus continues to be trying to increase those driving into downtown. He believes mass transit opportunities, walking, and biking are becoming more popular among a certain segment of the Lexington community.