It's great to see connectivity on McGilchrist talked about relative to the "sustainable" Salmon Run development and the new Social Security office.
Over on facebook, there's a conversation about a neat new bike corral in Hoboken, NJ, interesting especially because it looks like it uses angle parking stalls rather than parallel stalls.
In Salem, businesses haven't yet been passionate about advocating for a bike corral to take a parking stall in front of their business. Adjacent businesses have been resistant in some cases, and folks haven't wanted to get out too much in front of, or in opposition to, the neighbors. Good-neighbor relations are important, and the reticence is understandable.
As soon as a cluster of neighboring businesses advocate for a corral, I think that they City will be helpful, and not a barrier. A corral was discussed often in the Vision 2020 meetings, and while the cleaning issue was a "difficulty" it didn't seem to be a show-stopper there. For better or worse, leadership here comes from behind and it's all about the politics of the demand-side.
At this time, the pragmatic solution to getting a bike corral is getting a group of businesses to advocate for one, and not expecting the City to lead on an installation. Hopefully that will change, but it seems like this is the current reality just now. If you know of a bikey business that could use one - lobby 'em!