After an odd period of quiet, it's out for the public again.
|It's about sidewalks, not streets|
At this point, it's been ground down to be a style book. It's the Chicago Manual of Style for sidewalks! It's a bunch of guidelines for what to do, where to do it, and what it should look like. It's useful, and it will make things nicer, but it's nothing visionary or transformative.
|Midblock planting areas: Punted! (Detailed comment here)|
|Improved Crosswalk: Punted!|
The Staff Report is an excellent example of hype and a disconnect with reality. The City is badly over-selling the project:
Goals of this Plan and the resulting improvements for downtown:Sure, it works on "consistency" and "cohesiveness," but it does not "transform" and in no universe is it anything close to "world-class."
• Transform downtown public realm
• Make improvements consistent, cohesive, unique
• Benefit downtown businesses and properties
• Attract tourism
• Create a world-class urban environment
• Create a more livable Salem
If the City would stop exaggerating claims, we would all be better served by realistic expectations that are grounded in real-world data and experience.
This sidewalk study is a plan for modest, incremental improvements, not for transformation and world-class attainments.