the Sunday Streets event, on Sunday, September 8th at 2:00 p.m., the "Autoists Attack" walking tour
explores life in a walkable downtown that was destroyed by the fatal attraction to the automobile...[The] walking tour will visit sites important to pre-auto travel, explaining the transformation of mobility in downtown Salem and the influence of cars on life, commerce and culture as the skyline was changed forever. Stories about travel will include Native American potlatch ceremonies, demise of the steamboat, expansion of rail and streetcars and the replacement of three landmarks to accommodate the automobile; the first Legislative Assembly Hall, Fashion Stables and the 1895 City Hall.The walking tour starts at the Carousel and will go around to some of our great parking lots. Organized by the same folks who did the creative pub crawls, it's free and it sounds very interesting! (Not to mention that it's great to see more people using the word "autoist"!)
Jeffrey Tumlin's talk on walkable cities back in April.
This fall, the folks behind January's "Before I Die" wall in Riverfront Park are organizing an independent TED conference for November 16th at the Grand Theater.
They just announced the full speaker list, and it looks like a colleague of Tumlin's at Nelson Nygaard, headquartered in San Francisco (and recently named a Silver Bike-Friendly Business), Stephanie Wright, will be talking about multi-modal planning.
I'm working on getting more information about the talk, but it's really exciting to see this kind of thing at a conference that's really not at all about transportation or planning. (Presumably, the words "multi-modal" will be banished from the talk!)
Momentum behind the Bike and Walk Salem Plan has stalled somewhat, and it is possible that getting presumably sympathetic ideas out to new people could provide a boost.
It's also possible that conference attendees who don't already have their heads in biking and walking issues will have novel perspectives that could really enrich the civic conversation around land use and transportation in Salem.
Stay tuned for more details!
Updated with silly graph
|Frequency of "autoist" and "wheelman" between 1879 and 2008|
via google ngram