But it fails to give the right weight and emphasis to the crash that significantly impacted the last few years of his life.
From a September 2012 Statesman-Journal piece:
The woman who hit him, Rose Litherland, was high on methamphetamine and marijuana when she barreled through the intersection of 17th and Chemeketa. She did not have a valid driver’s license and is legally blind herself. She has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
|The median and crosswalk|
where Litherland struck Dashney in 2012
You can see the crash investigation paint
NEN has requested, through the City C.I.P. process, that a crossing (island median type) be installed on the south side of the intersection at 17th and Chemeketa. [redacted] and I walk every morning and were nearly hit (when a car stopped for us and was then rear-ended by two other cars). John Dashney (who is blind) and [redacted] (who is also blind) walk on the south side of Chemeketa many times daily. We have watched cars whiz by when he is in the intersection, even though he used a white cane. Since Chemeketa is designated a a bike route, we believe that it adds to the urgency. Many state workers also cross there to and from work.It is not right at all to say that this history is more important than his writing and authorship, but Dashney also has a place in the history of walking and road safety here in Salem, and it shaped his life in profound ways.
We believe the south side of the intersection is best, because it's the route our vision impaired neighbors [use].
It is not fair to him to cast the misfortune of his injuries as "merely" accidental, the result of some mysterious auto force acting upon a passive victim. "Hit by a car" is plainly wrong.
|Rinse, Repeat: Earlier this month|
For more notes on erasing the driver, see here.
|Two empty spaces: On the front page today|
The Downtown Advisory Board was to meet today. That meeting's been cancelled and the agenda packet is no longer on the City website. They were going to talk about the Downtown Sidewalk Study. To an earlier version of the meeting packet they'd appended an ODOT aerial image from last spring.
|Too much Parking: The emptiness of downtown|
We just don't see all the negative space. Somehow we see it as positive space in the built environment. We look past it or are blind to it.
Seeing parking as emptiness is a gestalt shift we need to make! We need to see the parking lots as regrettable, as low-value, and something to move away from.