the Lansing-NESCA neighborhood plan update project.
Hopefully it won't put you to sleep, because it's potentially useful and important.
One of the major issues for it will be the North State Hospital redevelopment. There's a trio of possible outcomes there:
- low-density more-of-the-same
- High-density, cheap cookie-cutter dullness
- Medium or high density that is a neighborhood, streetcar-scaled mixed use project
If we don't have to build subsidized homes for cars, we can build more homes for people. And if because they can walk or bike or bus households can make do with n-1 cars, then it's not at all far-fetched to suggest there's an extra $5,000 or $10,000 in the annual household budget.
Even aside from environmental issues, there are important reasons to want a lower-car future.
The eastern boundaries of the two neighborhoods are weird: I-5 or Lancaster is the natural boundary, but because of the surplus of unincorporated county land at Four Corners and Hayesville, the eastern boundary of the neighborhood plan doesn't follow a natural line. This may introduce some interesting skew into things.
Transportation offers a lot of potential for remediation. North-south there is little natural connectivity through the area, and I think Hawthorne, a strange sort of frontage road, is the only one. Of course I-5 itself is also a major disruptor. East-west, several old market roads that have become stroads cut the neighborhood into sectors and offer the only connectivity to Lancaster and its commercial centers: State, Center, Market, Sunnyview, Silverton. D Street hasn't been messed with as much and may have more potential as a human-scaled whole street. And there is the abandoned Geer Line through the very southern portion. But none of these would be cheap projects to fix.
Reverting to less auto-centric forms of development on them would also help service the immediately adjoining neighborhoods with more walkable commerce.
|Salem (1917) and Stayton (1925) USGS maps|
Fairgrounds track at left-center
Streets show rural nature circa 1920
Anyway, the character here is different from that in Morningside or in NEN-SENSA, the locations of two most recent plan projects, and it will be interesting to follow this project. If you live or work in the neighborhoods, be sure to join in!
The first meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12th at Salem First Church of the Nazarene, which is located at 1550 Market Street NE.