|McGilchrist at the SSA Office:|
40mph, no sidewalks - but watch out for pedestrians!
Of the two Nordyke, who is a lawyer, is younger and gives less specific policy direction:
How can we incentivize renewable energy, green spaces, tree canopy, walkable neighborhoods and affordable housing while still being fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars? Are we incentivizing employers to allow one-day-a-week telecommuting...to reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions?Heitsch, on the other hand, is very near retirement, and ready for more civic engagement. You may recall her advocacy for a path connection through Pioneer Cemetery. She even appealed a City decision to LUBA. (More here in 2011 and 2012.)
Providing transportation alternatives including improved transit and improving walking connections and reconsideration of some land use patterns. I am pleased to see that Salem Transit has restored Saturday and evening bus service with the enactment of the payroll tax. But additional planning actions may be able to support options to walk and bike to essential services and destinations. School children should be able to walk safely to their neighborhood school and parks. And selfishly, as a soon to be Senior citizen, my car may not always be an option for me and I would like to develop the transportation support for me and others for our future. [she also mentions climate disruption]Her record is more complicated, but in an interesting way, and as older she is also more seasoned. She also bikes. In the end probably either one would be good, and it will be interesting to see how Council approaches the interviews and then decides.
There's a laundry list of properties for the McGilchrist project, and the City proposes to
Adopt Resolution Nos. 2019-28 through 2019-77, declaring a public need to acquire; the City of Salem’s intent to negotiate; and if necessary, authorize the City Attorney to commence eminent domain proceedings for the acquisition of right-of-way and easements for the McGilchrist Street SE Corridor Improvement Project
|The property needs at 22nd are especially big|
McGilchrist needs sidewalks and bike lanes (see image at top, and all posts here), and it may need a center turn pocket for freight and turning, but if we design it to maintain 40mph speeds, we will cancel at least some of the safety benefits for people. I am not confident yet the City is truly approaching this for real multi-modality. Mostly it looks autoist with a veneer for non-auto movement. There is more the City can do to adopt 21st century design standards, and not merely add bike lanes and sidewalks in a legacy 1980s mode.
On the agenda there are several other information items on development approvals, but they did not seem interesting. Maybe others will discern more.