Contrary to bridge booster claims, a by-pass will not benefit Salem's core businesses or homes!
The next Council Work Session is on tonight Monday, December 17th.
If you haven't done so, consider emailing Citycouncil@cityofsalem.net to urge Councilors to refocus efforts on better and much less costly ways to improve mobility and manage congestion. If writing a letter or email's not your style, a petition is circulating, and you can sign on here.
For more on the River Crossing / Third Bridge see a summary critique and all breakfast blog notes tagged River Crossing. The No Third Bridge advocates also have lots of useful information.
|Most of the Pringle URA is not mixed use!|
The city’s Urban Development Department noted in its memo to the council: “The Plan accomplished its purpose of improving the area. In 1971 the assessed value was $18,977,000, and in 2012 it rose to $73,766,630, with a Real Market value of just under $108,945,000.”According to the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index calculator, $18,977,000 in 1971 dollars equals $108,429,892 in 2012 dollars. If we just look at assessed value, the assessed value of the district badly underperformed inflation! (Measure 5 figures into this, of course, and a proper argument is much more complicated than this - but it is sufficient to note that the City's own figures without more of an argument don't show a success!)
|Pringle Creek Urban Renewal Area, 1975|