Here's the 2013-15 version and a few highlighted clips.
The editorializing checks indicate not whether they are finished or incomplete, but rather whether they are good or bad policy goals from our perspective here. (Yeah, it's kinda like grading on a pass/fail scale!)
We lead with the continued folly of the Third Bridge:
|Transportation in Council Goals|
|Stabilizing revenue for parking is not popular, but is necessary|
|Better connections across the Front St/RR moat|
|State Street full of possibility!|
Much more so than the "middle Commercial" study, the State Street study really shimmers with possibility. Meaningful parts of the old streetcar scaled bones of State Street remain, and a 21st century transformation would contain elements of reversion. It's a chance to combine the best of the old and new in truly exciting ways.
Collectively we should really seize this opportunity and write a plan with verve and vision, and serious intent to implement.
You should also read the rest of Council Goals because at least in theory that sets the agenda for the whole year. That's the vision for Council and staff.
And even though there is some nonsense in it, mostly it has good things - there are more green checks than red x's, you'll note.
Council needs to hear not just about the folly (see here and here), but also needs reinforcement to push harder on some of those other beneficial projects - like better facilities for people on foot and on bike and for the especially young and old! (After all, building human capacity this way is a whole lot cheaper than building new auto capacity.)
The goal session will not have an opportunity for public comment, so an email to Council is the best way to comment. The session will be in the Anderson Rooms in the Library at 5:30pm on Monday the 2nd. The Library is closed on Monday, do note, so if you go to observe you'll need to enter at the plaza level rather than the main entry.
The Northeast Neighbors neighborhood association meets on Tuesday the 3rd, and while the agenda doesn't have anything new of particular note, the minutes from the last meeting touched on Council Goals. One neighbor
brought up pedestrian safety on Market Street. With transit service ending on D Street, more riders will be using bus stops on Market, which has very few pedestrian crossings.That's an excellent point! The Crosslands, in fact, were killed on a Market Street sidewalk earlier this month, and improving the walking environment in all ways on Market Street is a worthy goal - maybe something even for Council Goals.
NEN meets Tuesday the 3rd, at 6:30pm in the Salem First Church of the Nazarene, 1550 Market Street NE.
Grant to Vote on Support for Bike Boulevard Concept
Live in the Grant neighborhood? Last month folks from the Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates talked about bike boulevards.
The conversation is worth quoting in full (click to enlarge):
Those in attendance were excited about it because it improves livability, believing that no one moves to a neighborhood because they want to drive really fast. It would make the neighborhood better, more attractive, and easier to live in.Yeah: No one moves to a neighborhood because they want to drive really fast.
On the agenda this week is the question whether formally to endorse a bike boulevard concept.
There are also notes on the draft Version of "Historic Houses of the Grant Neighborhood," a guide to the house types that is in progress.
|Two-page spread from draft pamphlet on historic houses|
At the meeting there may be additional discussion about the project and pamphlet.
The Grant Neighborhood Association meeting is on Thursday the 5th at 6:15 p.m. in the Library of Grant Community School, 725 Market St NE.
Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates
And the Bike Boulevard Advocates will be talking at a couple of other neighborhood associations this week.
|Schedule of presentations in February|