Monday, April 22, 2013

Go to Council Tonight. It's Important.

Do you remember Sandow Birk's show on Dante at Hallie Ford?

Birk's vision of both Heaven and Hell, employed a dystopian vision of highways and urban decay.

It's not like we have to go far to find examples in Salem.

Refuse under the bridge at Riverfront Park
Maybe the giant bridge and highway proposed for West Salem and the Highland neighborhood won't quite yield the apocalyptic maximum, but why tempt fate?  The giant bridge and highway will surely degrade and cheapen our city, bringing far more blight than prosperity.

No Third Bridge asks, "Will you stand up for Salem?"

Stand up at Council - via N3B
Pack City Council tonight. City Council Chambers, Room 240, Vern Miller Civic Center, 555 Liberty St. SE. Meeting starts at 6:30pm, though folks say the Chamber of Commerce and others are trying themselves to pack the hall with supporters.

If you can't go, write your Councilor.  You can find him or her here.  Tell them we can't afford the cost and harm created by a giant bridge and highway.  There are much better and much cheaper solutions available to the problems of connectivity across the river.

If you happen to be reading this for the first time and wonder why it's a big deal, 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. 

Update from the Council meeting!

Citizens and Suits from April 22nd's Meeting - via N3B
Isn't this a great image!

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