2020 has been a rotten, terrible year, and the moments to highlight seem obvious. Probably with some distance, some things that were overshadowed by the Pandemic will appear with more significance under different light. But that'll take a little time and perspective.
So what about the decade just past? That might be a more interesting unit to review right now than the past year.
I have the Union Street Bridge as the greatest unambiguous success, and the "no build" decision on the SRC as most important success, though a deeply mixed one in important ways.
|It's glorious on it and below it! (2013)|
The biggest failure is that over the course of a decade, we've made no real improvement in biking and no meaningful progress on reducing drive-alone trips. "Congestion relief" - making it more convenient to drive - stubbornly remains as the primary problem and primary frame for solutions. In that regard it has been a decade of treading water and futility. We have failed in important ways.
This is one perspective, of course, hopefully a strong one; but you may see it differently, have different criteria or values or perspective, and identify a different list.*
The Big Win: Union Street Bridge
|Front page on the Union St Bridge opening|
March 15th, 1913
Union Street Bridge is for me the most wonderful thing, landing at the very top of my list of favorite places in Salem.