But it's not at all clear this is what the map really shows. There seem to be some additional silent filters that are not disclosed and there are also lots that probably shouldn't be included as buildable.
|The idea of the map is good! But the execution is not so good.
|Downtown Surface Parking Lots in Red
Parking Garages in Solid Brick Red
On-street parking stalls not included
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And the City should consider including residential land, not just commercial and industrial. There are lots of empty lots in residential areas we should want for infill development. That contested project on Salem Heights is not highlighted and a map like this should also highlight those gaps in our residential fabric as infill candidates.
The idea behind this mapping project is great. But the data filters and queries behind the map need refinement so the map shows a more accurate and useful set of lots on which a person might actually build something. It shows Salem as more full, closer to built-out, than it really is. The map could be a tool in our conversations over "Our Salem," but as it is now, it shows some odd biases, omissions, and inclusions.