Streetscape revisions continue
Community members gathered to propose streetscape ideas last week during six focus groups and the entertainment district was discussed with plenty of input from artists, promoters, business and property owners. Amenities for temporary pedestrian-only zones included performance areas, public bathrooms, weather protection, free speech kiosks electrical, lighting improvements. As the design team refines the vision, plan to attend the Streetscape Plan Open House #2 Tuesday, February 13 at 555 Court St NE and vote for a more livable, public-friendly downtown.
Downtown broadband remains priority
A Strategic Plan item that made the city’s priority list this year was municipal broadband in downtown Salem. The next opportunity to voice support is 6:00 p.m., Monday, February 26 at the City Council meeting where the priority list gets final approval for the July 1, 2018 budget. After a 6 month feasibility study, further work may be necessary for implementation. Advocates for municipal broadband should stay vigilant and provide support for Network Operation Center model adoption by local agencies.