|The City's upgraded the closure on the bridge|
across the "stream of mystery"
($140k is budgeted for a fix, fortunately)
CANDO is getting a new green space on Church Street at SAIF. It's not a City park, but it will be open and green. Thank you SAIF Corporation for being willing to share your space with the neighbors. Neighbors, don't get too attached, 'cause SAIF might need the space for a building again, one of these days.
|This is going to be greenspace?|
So here's a contrary take: We would be better served by one or more buildings here. What we need here are commercial and residential uses that create incidental foot-traffic for the open space, which is currently slack and underused. More green space will just intensify the slackness. See here for more on the stream of mystery and nearby open space, and notes on the "good cents" installation and the way SAIF has fenced off other open space here. Since we are fencing off areas and have difficulty finding maintenance budget to repair a bridge, these are more evidence there might be too much open space near here.
|update from the City Manager|
We knew about speed bumps, stop sign changes, and future crosswalks on Fairgrounds and Pine. And also about the ODOT grant application for the bike signal, separated path, and refuge islands.
- 20mph Speed signs. Is this related to a school zone mainly, or is this a new thing - a bit of "twenty is plenty"! - for greenways in Salem? This is potentially exciting and something to watch.
- Auto Group Avenue path completion.
All in all most of the bullet points in the update regard future projects, and there's still a good bit yet to do on the greenway.
|On the City website|
Did you notice the City took down their old webpage? With it went access to many historical documents for a lot of projects!A bunch of SRC stuff has gone missing. It and many other documents used to be archived on a different server the public could access at temp.cityofsalem.net. Now this too is down. According to the City Manager's update, "For boards and commissions, any documents older than three years are archived and not available on the City website." He says "This is necessary to keep the website functioning and to ensure that community members can easily find the most up-to-date-records."
A great problem with this bias for recency is it then reinforces a kind of preferment for insider, special knowledge, in particular the kind of knowledge a professional lobbyist or staff person might have. This approach to public records supports regulatory capture, and in fact makes it more difficult for citizens to develop an equivalent depth of knowledge on local government and local issues.
Making it more difficult for citizens - or journalists - to get older information just kinda stinks.
Also in the update are also a couple of interesting notes that may blossom into bigger stories:
- No movement on scooters: "the e-scooter company has not followed up with the City regarding scooters in Salem." The SJ contacted Bird, who offered "no new updates." (But also no parallel update on the rental public bike system, which still seems slow to launch and perhaps is struggling a little.)
- Possibly interesting litigation: "The City has been served legal notice of the intent of an unnamed group of plaintiffs to sue the City alleging the City’s franchise, stormwater, and streetlight fees are property taxes. The stormwater and streetlight fees were vigorously researched for state measures 5 and 50 compliance before they were implemented, and staff believes the allegation is without merit."