You can decide how factual or informed it is. But from here it looks like an excellent example of the way support for the bridge is more a political performance of rhetoric and wish than a policy analysis of fact and probability.
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|The Salem Alternative is in a liquefaction zone|
(via N3B, adapted from chapt 3.18 of the DEIS)
|Official River Crossing FAQ on Funding:|
"Will the state and feds...pay for the project? No"
|took less than five years|
Here's the thing. If the Third Bridge was so obviously wonderful, it wouldn't take so long, and previous efforts to develop a plan would have borne additional fruit. The fact that it's dragging out is a sign there's not a consensus behind it. Salem is able to undertake projects on which there is a consensus.
4) "Regions all over the country are smartly planning for economic vitality and safer transportation for our future generations."
|Indianapolis Cultural Trail|
America's cities are preparing for a great revival. Many planners note that when our country built the interstate highway system starting back in the 1950s it enabled an exodus from urban areas to the suburbs...that population outflow are reversing and we are witnessing a re-migration to our cities.Here in Salem could be focusing on making downtown attractive, lively, interesting, and easy to get around, but instead we are working on a very big way to make it easy to avoid downtown.
For many decades transportation planning centered on the movement of people and goods between commercial and residential centers. Today, our cities face a much different transportation need — one of connecting people to each other and unique experiences.
New urban dwellers want to be connected to their neighborhood and their city through means other than a car. ...
The battle for the future of American cities will be won by the place that attracts and retains talent. ...
The eight-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail used to be traffic lanes and parking spaces. It now carries cyclists and pedestrians and serves as a worldwide model. ... In the few short years since it opened, the trail has attracted at least $100 million in new investment to the city. In fact, just last week we approved a new 28-story residential and retail tower on a lot that fronts the trail in downtown Indianapolis. ... [italics added]
This is really the nut of the thing. A central claim of many bridge critics is that the Salem River Crossing represents Eisenhower-era thinking in the 21st century, not a smarter future at all.
(And on polling, by the way, from the very same day's paper!)
|Problems with "scientific" polling|