Not sure if this is an unfortunate or a felicitous coincidence, but that day at noon the Mayor will give her State of the City address:
Salem Mayor Anna M. Peterson will present the 2014 State of the City Address at noon on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in the Salem Conference Center.Later that same day, another civic leader will be giving a talk, and it could provide an interesting contrast - certainly it will be more cosmopolitan and less informed about specifically local conditions. It may also offer very different notions of what constitutes a good civic life.
Mayor Peterson will highlight her vision for the coming year and report on the accomplishments from the past year, particularly the results of public‐private partnerships and other projects that the City funded or otherwise supported. Economic Development activity will highlight the speech with emphasis on the City’s collaboration with SEDCOR, the State of Oregon, and the business community. City Councilors will join the Mayor for this event and are looking forward to the opportunity for community dialogue.
8-80 Cities project to Salem, and if you enjoyed Sunday Streets in September, you already know one of the most important things about Penalosa.
As former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogotá, Colombia, Gil successfully led the design and development of over 200 parks of which Simón Bolívar, a 360 hectare park in the heart of the city is the best known; here he created the Summer Festival, with over 100 events in 10 days and more than 3 million people attending, making it the main annual recreational and cultural event in the country. Gil’s team also initiated the “new Ciclovia”— a program which sees over 1 million people walk, run, skate and bike along 121 kilometers of Bogotá’s city roads every Sunday, and today it's internationally recognized and emulated.As we think about our "ornamental emptinesses" at the Civic Center, and the prevailing auto-centric environment on our streets, largely inhospitable for anyone else - people on foot, on bike, in wheelchairs - it might be that this talk will say more about the "State of the City" than anything Mayor Peterson might say.
Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for all: from 8 to 80 years old. His focus is the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as on sustainable mobility. As Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities for the past six years, Gil has worked in over 130 different cities in all continents.
|Mirror Pond from Liberty, empty at 5pm on a weekday|
|Peace Plaza. empty on a weekday at closing time|
|One of our giant stroads: |
Even with low traffic, do you send your 8-year old out on it?
Can your 80-year old grandmother take the bus and cross it?
Salem right now has all these semi-dormant studies - Bike and Walk Salem, the Downtown Mobility Study, the River Crossing Alternate Modes Study. There are plenty of adopted plans with projects that express the 8-80 ideals to various degrees, but most of the projects are not funded, and none of them have much urgency behind them. Sunday Streets is scheduled for one day only in 2014.
Penalosa's lecture will be an opportunity to introduce more people to the concepts and to build more support to take to City Council and our neighborhoods.
The lecture will be Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30pm at the Willamette University College of Law, 245 Winter St. SE, in the John C. Paulus Great Hall.