|The vastness of Middle Commercial: Six wide, wide car lanes here|
(also, the Clark Creek dale, totally buried in a culvert!)
|The SUV appears to be making the same turning movement|
that killed the Crosslands
|A Nelson/Nygaard proposal from the helpful|
Stroad to Boulevard tumblr
With Streetmix you can design your own road cross-section. The Open Houses should have stations where people can take the road widths and place different things on them.
|Streetmix, an interactive web app that lets you|
design your own roadway
|Fear that non-auto users don't add enough value|
|Vacant big box - former Safeway on Middle Commercial|
Second, the project team can remind neighbors and businesses that while people on foot and on bike may spend less per visit, they often visit businesses more often. In fact, for some kinds of businesses, the life-time value (the sum of all visits) of a non-driving customer is higher than a driving customer! In most cases, there's not a penalty for non-driving customers.
|Parklet for Parking: 172% increase in retail sales!|
Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets
New York City Department of Transportation
One thought in the first stakeholder meeting that may be worth more attention is equity: When there are streets in Salem that don't even have sidewalks, is it fair to improve existing sidewalks? This is a reasonable question and deserves more thought.
(From there, though, the problem is not so much why improve this sidewalk and not that sidewalk - not comparative or competitive sidewalks and neighborhoods - but why are we spending so much to expand auto capacity instead of building sidewalks for everyone. Why so much for cars rather than for people on foot and on bike? That's the nub of the equity question.)
The Open House is at South Salem High School from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
(For previous notes on the middle Commercial study, see here.)