|There is only one slide|
Beyond these questions, what Council and the Citizenry need are a series of detailed case studies - a kind of audit, perhaps - that show how projects worked, how they failed, or how they were merely adequate.
On the Jory Apartments agenda item, the current instance in the database includes no public comment, but we know that there has been some.
|NEN would like more analysis|
[City staff] are aware of only one other instance in Oregon, in Wilsonville, where tax increment financing was used for direct payments to the owner.And it does not seem yet that the City or Council has made this review - or at least shared it publicly. The slide for the work session doesn't much address the level of detail asked about in the letter from NEN.
The plan projects payments over 41 years...how can the city commit to so many years of payments when it's impossible to predict the housing market over that time?...
We are also concerned that the number of affordable units...has decreased...
We hope Council will review carefully the TIF Plan...to ensure [it is] in the public's best interests over the life of the TIF District.
Maybe more substantive material will be published later.
|Here's another chart that purports to show change, but |
lacks a control variable. (Comments reversed in white added)
That presentation is not part of Monday's, but it would be useful to included it - or better, to include a revised version.
A Rambling Digression Slightly Related to an Agenda Item
|Behind the piano and memorial wall,|
an old storefront bolted onto the house (2012)
(The VFW history shows the house before the storefront addition)
The lots are directly south of the VFW Hall (built in 1938), and across the street from Salem Alliance Church. The Church is the owner of the lots, and you might recall news last summer about their properties in the neighborhood.
There's no real policy matter here, I don't think. It's the corner and immediate neighborhood that's interesting. The funny intersection there with Hood, Church, and Fairgrounds Road, is a mid-century vestige, with bones even older, and the mix of older storefronts, a curve not designed for modern auto speed, and foot traffic prompted an early median treatment earlier in this decade.
|1905 Birdseye Map|
Streetcar line running on Hood and Fairgrounds Road
(Library of Congress)
|Preaching Fire and Brimstone, May 8th, 1920|
At the end of the streetcar era, the fact this was part of the highway to Portland created problems - and fodder again for newspaper quarrels.
|December 3rd, 1929|
|December 17th, 1929|