a staffer for Senate President Courtney expected free parking at Nordstrom, as well as the Capitol, and seemingly wasn't aware of the downtown Parking Tax subsidizing free parking at Nordstrom and the fact that the Salem Urban Renewal Agency has to backfill for an annual deficit in the Parking District that has averaged $700,000 a year.
|August 2014 Report to City Council|
It's a little dismaying to see the disconnect in City of Salem, State, and environmental policy on Senator Courtney's staff. But that's also a sign of how deeply entrenched is our autoism.
And it's a structural misalignment in which the personal interests of Legislators and staff are largely opposite to the community interests of city and state (and globe). (That's why we need a carbon tax!)
On Saturday Cherriots will have a Planning Retreat, and on the agenda is revisiting the Salem River Crossing Alternate Modes Study.
A number of the recommendations in it are specific to transit, and in Cherriots' headlong rush to embrace the Salem Alternative, they have forgot about making these primary instead.
|The River Crossing Alternate Modes Study and Transit:|
Improve Transit Service, Increase Service Frequency
|Dead space and "the People's Car Storage" in downtown Salem|
(Department of Revenue, like a fortress, in background)
Bringing conversation together about the Capitol Mall and about the Salem River Crossing is a great opportunity for meaningful progress, but hitherto has been largely ignored.