At the center of the agenda is:
 Presentations: Salem Bridge Solutions – Salem Emergency Management Plan (SEMP) – “West Salem, you’re on your own!”So there will be loud and determined voices probably.
 New Business: Discussion of presentation regarding deficiencies of SEMP and demand for immediate action
But of course lots of areas will be on their own. It's not yet clear that we have an adequate plan for the small bridges that surround the Hospital, our own Civic Center, and even State offices on the Mall.
|Downtown bridges over Pringle Creek and Shelton Ditch|
And apart from a one-time natural disaster, we have an ongoing distaster in everyday living: Certainly our de facto housing policy is "you're on you're own." We are struggling to help an additional 100 people with housing, and the need is at least an entire order of magnitude more.
If we suddenly came into a lottery ticket for hundreds of millions, should be be spending hundreds of millions for drive-alone trips to West Salem? Or should we allocate those resources towards more affordable housing? What is the best use of limited resources?
|(Ian Lockwood, via Public Square)|
The West Salem Neighborhood Association meets tonight, Monday the 12th, at 7:00 P.M. in Roth’s West, Mezzanine (1130 Wallace Rd NW).
The Bush Park neighborhood association, SCAN, meets on Wednesday, and they'll be talking about the City's Housing Needs Analysis.
Among the questions they have drafted to discuss, at the top is:
Given the projected shortage of 207 acres of land zoned for multi-family housing, why isn’t the City making rezoning of land to multi-family a priority, instead of delaying the rezoning effort to last in the 3-phase implementation plan? Salem must address this shortage to comply with State Housing Goal 10, so why not make the rezone effort part of phase 1?This is a great question and an interesting topic especially because both SCAN and NEN near Englewood are close-in, gridded streetcar neighborhoods that are among the City's most walkable areas. They also have historic districts and groups of neighbors who value current exclusionary zoning and the historic districts as a way to keep out additional housing. (See notes here on the rhetoric of "intrusion" and intact boundaries in our historic districts.)
If the intent is to encourage ADUs as a housing choice, they should be allowed only in new residential developments where all buyers know what they are buying into.So this might be an interesting evening of conversation and even debate. Norm Wright, Community Development Director and Lisa Anderson-Ogilvie, Deputy Community Development Director will present and answer questions.
The South Central Association of Neighbors meets Wednesday the 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the South Salem High School Library, 1910 Church St SE.
Addendum, March 28th
|Op-Ed criticizing the current WSNA fear-mongering|
|Aforementioned fear-mongering - from the WSNA presentation|
The executive committee's approach was to develop a false narrative that West Salem was “on their own"....The slide of Capital Manor is an example. But it seems obvious that what that slide argues for is not a giant new bridge and highway, but is investment in seismic reinforcement on existing buildings. That's a huge unmet need right now.
But they went on to decry the damage by hypothetical illustrated examples designed to raise fears....
Of course the illustrated solution was a” third bridge.” The executive committee pointedly ignored and did not mention the funded project to upgrade the earthquake safety of the Center Street Bridge and to provide improved earthquake safety for crucial water lines that are attached to the bridge.
Again, those opportunity costs.
If we invest in a giant bridge and highway, what other valuable projects will will have to leave unfunded and neglected?
|The proposed bridge will cost at least ten Courthouse Squares|