|Studded tires damage roads|
According to a story from 2011, the Oregon Department of Transportation said
studded tires cause close to $50 million damage each year on city streets, county roads and state highways, according to the department. About $11 million is spent each year repairing studded tire damage.Studded tires contribute to our maintenance deficit.
We also tax the wrong things, like taxing bikes, but not studded tires.
This is a clear instance of the ways our incentives are misaligned with outcomes.
Oak Tree Removal at Bush Park
|Appeal of Tree removals|
The trees are gone, can't be undone, so as I read it, this is a procedural maneuver designed to elevate these tree removals into a full Public Hearing Process - to make them go from a "minor" administrative review level to a "major" level requiring more public process with opportunity for public comment. The appeal letter is handwritten and very short, and other elements of the appeal may be developed more. Probably the Staff Report and other materials for the Historic Landmarks Commission meeting of the 15th will offer more detail. It will be a debate and conversation to follow!
Just some quick-hit, archival links in advance of the first Our Salem meeting next week.
In thinking about the Our Salem process, it is interesting to see now that the consultant firm the City engaged has already studied one of our notable failures.
|A post-mortem case study via 1000 Friends|
|The section on Salem Futures|
The University of Oregon has a memo on housing prepared by ECONorthwest for the Salem Futures project team.
|Housing report (2000) via U of O|
|The only available published portion|
(via University of Utah)