The story's main frame is on a kind of congestion: "Police reopened Church Street...after a rollover crash closed the street in the heart of downtown..."
While the story includes details that "the vehicle flipped, shattered its windows and deployed its airbags," there is no mention of speed. "Information about what led to the crash was not released." But it is highly unlikely that lawful travel at the posted speed led to this, and the ostensibly scrupulous sticking to facts spoken or verified in the police statement leads to a silence that contributes to our normalization of jaydriving and speeding.
There's also no driver. An "anthropologist from Mars" might reasonably suppose this was one of them new-fangled robot cars without a driver.
While it may not be possible to prove that driver error was involved, silence on that is exculpatory and works against an objective reporting of truth. Altogether this is another place in public discourse where our current notions of "balance" and "neutrality" lead to untruth or misapprehension.
Oopsie! Here's this strange piece of street furniture that tumbled over. Looks like we had a little accident here. Nothing to see, move along.
Back in 2011 on the south side of the intersection there was a different rollover crash. Especially considering that there is a buffered bike lane here, it may be that excessive speed is more than a little bit of a problem.
|Here's another one on Court and Church (2011, SJ)|
There's a story in today's paper about the Hospital taking over the Value Village parking lot lease on 25th and Mission.
It's a temporary move for employee parking during construction and the Hospital will apparently run a shuttle down Mission Street.
Hopefully the Hospital will use this to evaluate parking policy and the proper alignment of incentives for healthy transportation and a healthy city.
There might also be possibilities for working with State Offices and other downtown employers. Could this restart demand for the 15x shuttle from the State Motor Pool area, a route that was cancelled a couple of years ago?
This is an opportunity to talk more about parking, its costs, and ways we might meet transportation demand other than subsidizing free parking for drive-alone trips.
|SRC Alternate Modes Study|
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|Rising sea levels make flooding like this more frequent|
|Final pie chart from Our Salem: It's all about the cars|