Thursday, November 8, 2012

In the Neighborhood Associations this Week

Remember that development on 23rd street just off Mission? The developer withdrew it, but it looks like they are interested in coming back with a different proposal.

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Capital Park Wesleyan Church, 410 19th Streeet SE, SESNA meets, and on the agenda is a talk by the developer's representative.

If you live near, it will be interesting to learn more about the proposal. Mission is lousy for people who walk and bike - lousy even for cars as this week's crashes show - and creating a development that makes sense could turn that "stroad" in the right direction. Our arterials and urban highways are terrible, and better land use along them is a key to making them livable. 

Also, last month OBRA Director and BTA Board Member Kenji Sugahara was elected Chair of the West Salem Neighborhood Association!

If you live or work in West Salem, this is a great time to plug into the neighborhood association. With the Third Bridge conversation, the redevelopment of the Edgewater/2nd Street district, and the ginormous enlargement of Wallace @ Glen Creek, it's a decisive moment for people who bike to talk about mobility and livability. The more people who talk it up, the more political space the electeds and staff will have to maneuver and make good decisions.

(Unfortunately this month's meeting was on Monday - at the same time City Council was holding the hearing on the bridge!  That's a head-scratcher for sure.)


Curt said...

23rd and Mission seems like it could have some potential for a mixed use/ town square style development. But the airport, like the bridge, has cast a "shadow" over the whole area. With the car dealer moving it has the feel of a post apocalyptic wasteland. Between the ghetto making airport and the ghetto making highway it feels like the curtain is falling on our hopes for a more livable inner city. If developers are willing to put invest money here, lets close the airport to attract more investment and provide more attractive opportunities for new residents to live closer to the big employers, reducing the perceived need for a highway.

Like Denver:

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

Indeed! The area is in a "food desert" and you'd think a modest grocery store in a walkable development would prosper.