The workshop is at the Library, downstairs in the Anderson rooms, at 6pm today, Tuesday the 30th.
|"Ride a bicycle": National Bicycle Week ad, May 7th 1919|
|Half-page ad, May 8th, 1918|
|"Ride a bicycle": National Bicycle Week ad, May 7th 1919|
|Half-page ad, May 8th, 1918|
|It's like ALL the projects!|
Tell us what you think!The first window over the map itself says:
Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS) invites you to comment on the 2019-2043 Regional Transportation Systems Plan (RTSP). Comments will be accepted from now up to the public hearing scheduled on May 28, 2019.
The Regional Transportation Systems Plan (RTSP) provides a comprehensive, long-range look at the Salem-Keizer region and how to meet the anticipated transportation needs. Projects that have a reasonable certainty of being funded and address mobility and safety needs and enhancements to the regional system or provide new service are identified in the plan.
Draft documents are available on the MWVCOG website, and there is an interactive map of the projects where you may enter comments. An Open House will be held May 1, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the MWVCOG offices located at 100 High St SE, Salem, Oregon. We welcome your feedback.
The Policy Committee will receive all comments and hold a Public Hearing at noon on May 28, 2019 at their monthly meeting (at MWVCOG offices). For more information or to comment, contact Ray Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-540-1607.
Thank you for your interest!
Welcome to the SKATS 2019-2043 Regional Transportation Systems Plan Interactive Map!The Map is Overwhelming and Hard to Grasp
The map of draft RTSP projects will open in a new window and allow the viewer to see the location and details about each project or program.
You may leave a general comment by choosing "General Comments" and you may leave comments on any of the individual projects by choosing them from the list. You may also indicate your favorite projects by clicking on the heart icon below the description.
|Something is not quite right here:|
A 2007 project in a 2019-2043 plan?
|Monster Cookie, 2011|
|Prepping for the Monster Cookie, 2015|
(Councilor Hoy on left in helmet, via SBC)
|Funding is inflated with a BUILD grant and drops off for 2022|
|Columbia River and Coos Bay got awards last year|
|$15 million makes the project list seem a lot bigger|
|Information on the SRC is badly out of date|
|On the same page? Coordination mostly on Cordon Road|
|Trying too hard to keep up with the "latest"|
April 2nd, 1919
|From SCAN's resolution in critique of the Big Weed|
I have several concerns, including the “collection evaluation” project, the numerous unfilled librarian positions, and the removal of the reference desk. The most urgent is the "collection evaluation"....The new City Librarian... is undertaking a huge “collection evaluation” project without enough replacement book money. In addition, I believe her philosophy of “new and popular” above all else will lead to a possibly irreversible decline in the library’s collection.However fusty an attachment to old books might seem, old books are expensive and hard to replace once discarded. (Consider recent fires at Notre Dame and the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro for a catastrophically more intense form of this same kind of loss.) They also have useful information in them, historically illuminating even when the bare "facts" themselves might be out of date. More than this, as the resolution from SCAN suggests, in comparison with peer libraries, in our practices, standards, and funding we are behind or deficient. Our Library's current enthusiasm for weeding seems more impoverishing than improving, and hopefully Council will step in with corrective action.
|Names for the alleys?|
This could be "Electric Alley"
|Should we name our alleys? |
(via CANDO, comment added)
|Already old, April 24th, 1919|
|Though it's from 2009, it's still relevant for this talk!|
Archaeological excavations, led by Dr. David Brauner of Oregon State University, took place at the Champoeg townsite during the summers of 1990 and 1991 in search of information regarding the significant, pre-flood townsite. Yet, excavations at Block 4, Lots 1 and 2, seemed to tell a later story, and began to yield information pertaining to a post-1861 flood occupation, potentially a general mercantile store. However, analyses and interpretations regarding the archaeological record recovered during these excavations were never completed, leaving the tale of Block 4 and post-flood Champoeg a mystery that still needs to be told. Thus, this lecture will discuss recent research regarding both the historical documents and the archaeological assemblage from the Block 4 site in order to better understand the unknown history of the post-1861 flood time period at the Champoeg townsite.The Champoeg meetings, the international situation at the time, the wolves, the native peoples, the floods - the issues remain so timely, and are so central to our self-understanding and origin myths.
|Front page today|
|The first gas tax was mostly uncontroversial|
(February 28th, 1919)
|A tacks/tax pun suggests a little bit of dissent, but it wasn't much|
(February 22nd, 1919)
|The second "automobile section" in April|
(April 12th, 1919)
|detail from April 12th|
|The staple racks on Winter St at Union St.|
|The cluster of nine cottages and courtyard at center|
The 500-square-foot cottages are currently located at 155 through 171 Gerth Avenue NW. Northwest Human Services wants to move them in the next 45 to 60 days to make room for an expansion of the agency’s clinic which will provide primary medical, dental and mental health services.There are lots of interesting things here:
Over the past two years, NWHS has searched for a non-profit, governmental agency or low-income rental property developer who can relocate and manage the properties to rent out to families and individuals in need, NWHS CEO Paul Logan said.
The company contacted entities such as Polk County, the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, Community Resource Trust and smaller property developers, but were unsuccessful in striking a deal. The biggest hurdle, Logan said, was finding suitable land for the relocated cottages.
Without any takers, the houses will be demolished when construction begins.
|the agenda and packet|
|This makes it sound like the Bridge District concept|
is an attempt to revive the SRC with the same bridge
|The path is flooded at midday,|
on the Minto side of the Minto Bridge.
This crest is two feet lower than the one in January 2012
The Trail will be located on the top of an existing berm on Minto Island. The edges of the paved Trail surface will be thickened, reducing the likelihood that flood flows will damage the Trail. The area of the planned Trail remained above high water in the January, 2012 flood event. Connecting trails in Minto Brown Island Park do flood, but alternate routes located above the 100-year flood elevation are available. [italics added]The edges of the path might be reinforced correctly, but in most every other way it is wrong.
|The bridge plans showed the path would be|
well below the 2012 flood at 29 feet
(comments in red added)
|original at OPB|
|From a BikePortland profile in February|
|"Closed"? What does that mean?!|
|Around 24 feet on Tuesday, cresting near 26 feet|
But it's been updated to nearer 27 feet for tomorrow
- via NOAA
Andy Bryant, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Portland, said the weather service has no record of a flood event in the southern Willamette Valley occurring this late in the rainy season.So while this is an instance of weather, not climate, it is reasonable to think its lateness can partially be ascribed to climate change, a partial effect of climate disruption, and something of which we may be seeing more.
“The time of the year, just in my mind, makes it historically significant, that we’re having a flood like this a week into April,” he said.
Bryant added: “It’s very unusual to have this kind of heavy rain in April. What we’ve had is more of a November through February kind of weather event.”
|Tuesday front page|
|Start of draft RTSP (yellow in original)|
Downtown Salem is experiencing an increase in private development. Currently proposed projects include a mix of uses including housing, which will increase the demand for on and off-street City parking resources. In addition, future development of the Union Gospel, Saffron sites, and the former Nordstrom Building may also increase the demand for parking resources in downtown.We're just basically incoherent on parking. Separately, in the Legislative positions, there's an argument against reducing parking. The City opposes a bill that would make transit work better and help reduce the cost of new housing:
The Commercial Business District (CBD) zoning district requirement for buildings with housing is one parking space for every housing unit developed. Because it can be challenging with site constraints and financial costs to build on-site structured parking and recover those costs through rental rates, developers are requesting parking adjustments or considering City structured parking resources through an agreement as a solution to meet their on-site parking needs.
Without a paid on-street parking system that would incent utilization of the free off-street parking resources, or a permit requirement for residents currently utilizing the parking garages for long term parking for free, these users are not contributing to the cost to operate and maintain the City parking resources. If the proposed revisions are approved, residents who live within one-quarter mile of the Downtown Parking District boundary will be prohibited from parking in a City garage without a parking permit. This boundary includes Pringle Parkade which is a City parking resource outside of the Downtown Parking District but within the one-quarter mile parameter.
SB 10 would require the City to increase the maximum density allowed for housing to 50 units per acre within 1/4mile of bus routes with 15-minute service (e.g. Commercial, Center, Market, Lancaster, Broadway) and 25 units per acre within a 1/2 mile. In most cases, this would be higher than the densities currently allowed, though developers rarely build to the current maximum densities due to parking or other requirements. SB 10 would also prohibit the City from establishing parking minimums in these transit corridorsAs advocates, the Budget Committee, and Council consider moving forward on a Climate Action Plan, it's increasingly clear we will have to read our debates on parking, on congestion. and on transit in light of our developing understanding of greenhouse gas emissions.
|The City of Eugene and Lane Transit|
collaborating on project
(Executive Summary, comment added)
|Front page of the RG today|
|EmX Bus Rapid Transit in Eugene|
BRT has: Raised platform, dedicated bus lane,
bigger bus, all doors open for entry/exit,
frequent service (image via LTD)
|Is this the right 20? Three of them seemed redundant|
|No meeting packet, and a sparse agenda|
ODOT is working with stakeholders to develop a new method for speed zoning within Oregon. Nationally, there has been a reliance on 85th percentile speeds to set posted speeds. The proposed speed setting process will be based on work done in NCHRP 855 that expanded the functional class system using context and the work currently being done within NCHRP 17-76 developing new guidance for speed setting describing the factors that influence speed setting. [links added]The rest of the meeting agenda isn't all that interesting for our purposes here, but it's good to be alerted to this potential change on the 85th percentile doctrine. (As well as a shift in thinking on the functional classification system.)
|Camas just beginning at Bush Park (Saturday)|
|Front of the Greyhound Depot at the start of demolition|
Yesterday a letter from the Governor was making the rounds among transportation advocates. In the letter of September 23rd, Governor Bro...