Monday, May 7, 2012
Salem River Crossing's Displacement: The Euphemisism for Rupture and Removal
Here's a perfect example. In the chapter on "Right of Way and Utilities," we talk about displacements and buildings, not about people, the business owners, home owners, and renters who have to move.
But we should talk "rupture" and "loss," not merely "displacement."
There would be some businesses and families who find opportunity in a shiny new building and location, but for most the rupture and change is a loss of goodwill and community, especially when the rupture is not entered into voluntarily.
Here's a view of 14th and Mission in the mid-70s. Look! There's a person bicycling on Mission Street without a helmet. The posted speed limit is 25mph.
Court-Chemeketa Historic District. But you can already see the depopulated neighborhood.
Here's the corner of 14th and Mission today.
For the River Crossing as many as 120 households and 75 businesses would be forced to relocate. Nearly 300 properties could be affected. There would be real costs to people and their community. The Socioeconomic analysis estimates that the businesses employ upwards of 500 people altogether and generate annual sales of a little over one million dollars each, for an aggregate total approaching $80 million a year.
For more on the River Crossing see a summary critique and all breakfast blog notes tagged River Crossing.
(B/W of 14th and Mission, looking west, Salem Library Historic Photo Collection, Color image of Barquist House at 14th and Mission, looking north, Bonnie Hull.)