Over on FB there is already a conversation about this, so there's not much new here to say. But maybe just to amplify concerns that the project already looks compromised from the start?
- If it's "our Salem," why is there a Mayor from another city that is frequently dismissive of Salem, indeed whose municipal origin story and self-identity is all about "not-Salem"? That's not "ours" that's negation!
- If the project is supposed to include a greenhouse gas assessment, why is a prominent denialist on the committee?
The committee's composition looks like something designed for gridlock and the status quo. It doesn't look very productive.
But its composition looks like it might be intended to produce something extra. One way of looking at the odd composition is to note the number of people who also sit on the SKATS Policy Committee, who have for several years resisted any kind of greenhouse gas assessment or scenario planning. Is this "Our Salem" process actually a way to do what SKATS has refused to do? There may be some subtext or other maneuvering going on here.
It also seems worth noticing that while this committee just appeared fully formed as announced, the committee for the Crosswalk Committee will have a process and recruitment.
[T]he City will seek community input and participation from Salem’s 18 neighborhood associations in a Project Advisory Committee to help develop a Safer Crossings Program.Why didn't Our Salem have a similar announcement and solicitation?
Strong Towns has a series right now on a failed planning update in Austin, and it might be useful reading. You don't have to agree with all the details and argument to find it valuable.
- Austin's CodeNEXT
- CodeNEXT or None, Austin Has an Identity Crisis
- Austin's Bad Party: The Failure of CodeNEXT
- So You Want to Build an ADU?
- What comes after NEXT?
It's early here to have very much to say about the process for "Our Salem," but as first impressions go, it's not auspicious.