|You know what the "sculpture garden" really needs?|
A beer fountain for thirsty Salemites!*
(Janky composite with an assist: Salem Library Historic Photo)
How to manage industrial development is the topic this week of "Looking Forward," the update to the neighborhood plan for NEN and SESNA neighborhood associations.
West Salem - Monday
But that's on Tuesday. First up, tonight on Monday, is the West Salem Neighborhood meeting.
There's what looks like a small street matter on a new development - "2825 Brush College Road NW Revised Notice of Filing – Street Layout Revision" - otherwise the agenda has the usual items.
But of course what is interesting is the perennial question for new development on the edges of West Salem: How is it that the development gets to proceed unchecked if that same development is what is driving the "need" for a billion dollar giant bridge and highway and most crucially gets to offload the cost for that bridge onto everyone else?
Both candidates for City Council in Ward 8 support the third bridge - and support asking everybody else to subsidize it. While Polk County is eliminating Sheriff patrols and emergency response, is building a giant bridge and highway really where community priorities should be?
|Count 'em! A bridge will cost at least ten Courthouse Squares|
If you live in West Salem and aren't involved in the neighborhood association, it's a great time to get involved!
The West Salem Neighborhood Association meeting is at Roth’s West, Mezzanine level, at 1130 Wallace Rd NW on Monday, April 7th at 7pm.
|Cherriots Route Coverage in West Salem|
Looking Forward, NEN-SESNA - Tuesday
Back to industry, one way to think about this kind of development is to think about breweries and the activity they attract and generate.
|Santiam Brewing on McGilchrist in an industrial park|
But not all industry is wholly incompatible with residential areas.
In the streetcar era we used to have a better mixing. Here's the Capital City Laundry, across the street from Broadway Commons. In the NEN-SESNA area there's the Ice Cream Plant. Corvallis and Portland also have breweries in downtown and on the arterials bordering residential neighborhoods. Light industry to which workers can walk or bike from residential areas isn't necessarily a bad thing!
|Capital City Laundry: Oregon State Library|
Note the Oregon Electric lines and tracks on Broadway!
All meeting notes for the project are here and the full document library is here.
Looking Forward, the NEN-SESNA plan, meets Tuesday, April 8th at 6:30pm in Court Street Christian Church (1699 Court St NE).
SCAN - Wednesday
On the agenda for the South Central Association of Neighbors (Bush Park and McKinley area), is an update on the Hospital's parking lot and plans for Howard Hall at the Blind School property.
|Last summer's iteration: All about parking.|
It's not clear how much the latest plan conforms to this one.
(Howard Hall in lower left)
* Like Henry Weinhard's idea for the Skidmore Fountain!