|Good thing signs don't pile up like leaves in the street!|
Compost your leaves and grass clippings at the Fall Leaf Haul on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This event provides a way for homeowners to drop off grass clippings and leaves (no tree limbs accepted), and to turn them into compost locally. The program is designed for Salem residents only (no commercial landscapers, please). This event also helps keep leaves out of storm drains, reducing the potential for clogged storm drains and flooding.In addition to clogging drains, leaves in the street also pose difficulties for people on bike - they're slick, can hide inducements to involuntary dismounts, and the resulting slalom then brings people on bike closer to pesky cars. If you have neighbors blowing leaves into the streets, let 'em know about the fall leaf haul and remind 'em about the green barrels for yard debris!
This year’s collection locations include the following Salem sites:
State Fairgrounds Lana Avenue NE Gate Lana Avenue NE and Silverton Road NE
Sprague High School 2373 Kuebler Road S
Wallace Marine Park East End of Glen Creek Road NW
The crossing on D didn't seem much further along than it had got in August (though I have been told the City agreed that sharrows at the crossing were a good idea), and all the action was at the apartment complex on the corner of D and Garnet that's getting a new driveway.
|Garnet and Market|
At Mill if you want to cross 12th or get on the Promenade - use the sidewalk.
On Chemeketa if you want to cross 12th - use the quasi-sidewalk on the Promenade.
|Sidewalkification: Curb cut and ramp at Market and Garnet|
In any case, all across the City it's like the solution for everything is to force people on bike up onto the sidewalk in order to act like people on foot. And here the right-angle, as it was on Kuebler, is narrow and tight.
|Sidewalkification on Kuebler: Photo by David Cary|
(If we don't want people biking on the sidewalks downtown, why do we force them to bike on the sidewalks elsewhere!? It's a trap!)
In other news, it looks like the Boise team is going to submit a new proposal for apartments. There's even a different name on it, and at least in the preliminary piece, "Pringle Square LLC" was nowhere to be seen.
Hopefully the new design will escape the genericness of "developer common" and achieve something more stylish, more lovely, and more integrated with downtown's many uses.
More to come, obviously!
Photo: Model of proposed 120 unit apartment bldg at Boise site in #SalemOr. Construction set for June.#cre twitter.com/mrose_SJ/statu…
— Michael Rose (@mrose_SJ) November 15, 2012
Sunday Update on Quiet Zone
On Mill at 12th the City added sharrows! With the travel lanes constrained and highly channelized by the new median treatments, crossing the rail tracks really requires that you take the lane. This won't solve all the problems at the crossings, but it's very helpful to alert drivers that passing will not be possible here.
|One of 4 new Sharrows on Mill at 12th|