- There is what looks like an unambiguous success with cyanotoxins this year. There were 59 days of elevated levels at the intake and zero days of elevated levels at the outflow to our taps.
- A proposal for allowing people to live in their cars.
- The Legislative Positions continue to include support for a climate bill. "Support efforts to cap emissions by placing a price on carbon..." That is good and important to see!
- The annual report on the Public Art Commission.
|The Eye of Salem Sauron|
|Adorable critter art|
Public art should be accessible, not conceptual. Why don't we have more critter art?! People love the Peace Mosaic. If we want art that is "welcoming and livable," we should have more art that offers easy delights.
Addendum, on Transit
So Kansas City's new fareless transit system's been in the news. Cherriots is of course distinct from City Council, but I don't think I am going to write about it separately, so here's a brief clip and note.
|Our new Board Chair for Cherriots - via Twitter|
The article he cites, "Should Transit be Free," says
What we heard is that most low-income bus riders rate lowering fares as less important than improving the quality of the service. This suggests that if a transit agency had to choose between devoting funds to reducing fares or to maintaining or improving service, most riders would prefer the latter. The idea of making transit “free” turns out to be less appealing to the public than making improvements to transit.Boosting levels of frequent service (service with fares), for example, would be more useful than making infrequent service fareless.
I can't find it at the moment, but several months ago there was a twitter thread circulating in which a transit advocate looked at the increases in ridership when systems went fareless, and it wasn't as big as you'd expect. The fare itself was not the main barrier to transit use, and "free" turned out not to be the great inducement. (Update: found the thread and added link.)
There are better ways to make transit more useful for Salemites.