At this point it's flogging a dead horse, but after pulling the Minto Path Flex Fund application from the Urban Renewal Agency* meeting last Monday, the City is back with it - unfortunately they don't appear to have taken the opportunity to improve the project and application.
So to be brief. The key question is whether the path would connect homes to jobs and commercial districts - does it function as a transportation corridor?
(Previous discussion here and here. Map: google bike layer in green.)
What is most disappointing is that the City didn't go out to transportation advocates earlier in the process to solicit feedback that might be useful crafting a proposal that better meets the requirements of the Flex Fund program and Salem's own 21st century transportation needs. The recreational path AND connections to jobs and housing for people who would like greater mobility choice.
What's on the table is old-school. What might have looked visionary in 1975 is pallid in 2011.
* The board of the URA has the same membership as City Council.