Her response to me was that she believed that all neighborhoods should resist LEDs and she encouraged me not to draw the line between urban and suburban on the LED issue. She said that she intended to fight LEDs in all neighborhoods and that LED opponents needed to hang together to win. So, I abandoned my pragmatic solution of drawing a line at neighborhoods like mine and got on the bandwagon of opposing LEDs altogether because I trusted Megan Barry.
I won't do that again, because CM Barry's statements in today's City Paper indicate that she is in retreat on LEDs. Not only is she no longer standing up to CM Tygard in the press, but she voted to support the latest LED task force proposal that will create conditions in any precinct where we live to erect light emitting diode billboards without the consent of the impacted neighborhoods; many churches that can have these billboards do not draw from the hyper-local communities in which they sit, and thus, do not have any obligation to them.
Here is Nate Rau's account of Barry's eroded, hedged, and triangulated position on LED billboards:
Fellow at-large Councilwoman Megan Barry reiterated her concerns about sign ordinance enforcement by the Codes Department, although she voted in favor of the task force’s recommendations.That is one feeble and runny response compared to the stiff bravado that Megan Barry expressed to me when CM Tygard began playing the advocate of the sign lobby. Whether CM Barry played or betrayed this constituent is up in the air. All I know is I will be less likely to jettison my pragmatism next time around, and I'm going to once again advocate drawing the line at high density neighborhoods, which may fit the Nashville Business Coalition's interest of dividing and conquering sign opponents.
“I think it gives the Council some opportunity to have some discussion about what they want to see go forward,” Barry said. “I do agree that… we may have created a bat to kill a gnat and that’s a concern. It’s definitely a concern for all the neighborhoods because they don’t want to see these things in their neighborhoods. The reality may be that they’re not going to see them, I don’t know. We need to have a good discussion on Council.”
However, don't lay the blame at any neighborhood leader on that score. Megan Barry is failing neighborhood opponents on LED signage. She is the one choosing not to lead. Guys like me are just trying to keep LEDs as far away from our homes as possible.