|July 8th, 1920|
[A]t present a car while starting is moving in the same direction as are other autos...Drivers of machines traveling along the street will never know when a car is going to back out.Here is it is on State Street in the early 1920s.
|State Street circa 1920-1925: two-way travel,|
back-in angle parking, streetcar in the middle
(unknown postcard source - via Strong Towns group)
|July 20th, 1920|
Dissent on Downtown Outdoor Dining and Public Space
A reader passes along what is purported to be a letter from a downtown merchant:
It is my opinion that closing Court, State and High Streets every weekend this summer will have a huge negative financial impact on any retail establishments located on or near those streets at a time when they are already struggling....It is fundamentally unfair to single out any one type of business in favor of all others....Making parking a difficult task for shoppers is not the way to encourage dining out.We have plentiful free parking in the parkades, but this writer indirectly asserts by implication that free parking should always be available directly in front of their business. They see downtown as principally a drive-to destination like a mall.
As malls and box retail continue to dwindle, this perspective is self-defeating and guarantees the long-term erosion of downtown.
Attracting more people downtown for dining also increases foot traffic. So it's hard to see how more people downtown is a negative for retail. If there is any "negative," it is only for those customers who expect to park immediately in front of a business. (Meters also could help with this, by the way!)
But it is also not surprising that the reallocation of public space for outdoor dining attracts some dissent and is contested, and this will be a debate to follow, as the Pandemic gives us an opportunity to rethink the public space we call a street.
(See previous notes on downtown outdoor dining here and here.)
Free Bike Repair and Local Safe Routes Action
|Bike repair at the Thursday Market|
in West Salem - via FB
A couple months ago they launched a FB page, but it was mainly a placeholder. With the announcement about this bike repair project, they've now got something more substantial.
Going forward with schools, in the context of the Pandemic they will of course have to modify very greatly a SR2S program. There's no template for this and I have no idea what the programming and projects will look like.
Especially if you have school-age kids, check out the page and support them as you are able.