Like the earlier move of pitting advocates for a new playground against preservationists, the latest play is clearly an attempt to pit patients (and prospective patients, as we all are) against preservationists and neighborhood advocates.
|Parking garage and lots from higher up|
Although motor vehicle emissions have decreased significantly over the past three decades, traffic emissions continue to help cause undesirable respiratory and cardiovascular health effects and the degradation of our environment. Reducing the mileage that people drive has the potential to improve air quality and shift travel to other transportation options that can also promote physical activity.And the Salem River Crossing recommends this also.
Strategies recommended in existing Transportation HIAs:
- Consider policies that reduce vehicle miles traveled; these policies can include vehicle miles traveled tax, tolls, or congestion pricing in downtown areas.
- Implement parking pricing schemes.
- Reduce the availability of on and off street parking to encourage alternate forms of transportation.
- Create alternatives to single occupancy vehicle travel through the improvement of multimodal transportation options, including carpools, vanpools, public transportation, and active transportation—any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation. [italics added]
|Salem River Crossing Alternate Modes Study|
|Parking Made Easy: A Guide to Managing Parking|
Oregon Transportation and Growth Management
The Hospital is arguing conveniently rather than truthfully. There are several things that should be implemented first before expanding parking lots.
(For the whole history and all notes on the Blind School redevelopment, see here.)